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Participant, Palliative Care Needs Assessment Interview

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Open to Northern Region, Patient partners from Northwest region

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Would you like to be involved in developing change in palliative care services in Terrace? This opportunity allows you to do so through participating in a one-on-one interview of patient needs assessment and understanding current strengths and opportunities for improvement.

Open to: Patient partners from Northwest region

Lead Organization or Department

Terrace Physician Initiative Group Society (TPIGS)


Patient partner involvement is vital to our understanding of palliative care services in Terrace. We are looking for five patient partners to participate in a one-on-one interview regarding palliative care services in Terrace.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.


  • Have accessed palliative care services in Terrace or someone close to you has
  • Comfortable telling your story
If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Volunteer Agreement, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact Cathy Almost.


Vacancies: 5 Time, Date, Location: An interview would be scheduled at your convenience to be conducted throughout May 2019 and will take place in-person in Terrace or via telephone. Commitment: One-time event


Any pre-approved mileage or meal expenses as required to participate.


TPIGS empowers physicians to be a part of health care system change. It is hoped that the Palliative Care Needs Assessment will inform the improvement of palliative care services in Terrace. We are assembling a report informed by stakeholder interviews. Palliative care for the purposes of this engagement can be defined as an approach that aims to relieve suffering, optimize living, and improve the quality of dying in patients diagnosed with life threatening illnesses. It is the holistic management of physical, psychological and spiritual problems faced by patients and their families. The Palliative Care Needs Assessment is an initiative led by second-year family practice resident, Dr. Sophie Harrison. Dr. Harrison is supported by a network of physicians, Northern Health management and staff and community members who would like to see improvement to palliative care in Terrace.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Cathy Almost
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern BC

From Our Community

Jeanette Foreman

Northwest Quality Improvement Lead, Quality and Innovation, Northern Health

Jeanette Forman

PVN has really helped us engage with patient partners to improve health services at Northern Health.  It is more and more becoming the norm to include patients in the design, delivery and evaluation of health services.  PVN education and supports, involving patient partners, have enabled us to develop the capacity to include the patient voice to make care better and achieve better health outcomes.