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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across the province
The Ministry of Health is looking for patients to participate in an assessment of the effectiveness of talk therapy for depression and anxiety. We need your help to ensure this assessment reflects the patient experience and perspective!
Open to: Patient partners across the province
Lead Organization or DepartmentMinistry of Mental Health & Addictions and the Ministry of Health
AimThe BC Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Committee is currently doing a review of talk therapy (psychotherapy) for depression and anxiety. The purpose of this review is to report on the clinical effectiveness, health professional and patient perspectives, cost-effectiveness (comparing the relative cost to benefits gained from talk therapy), and budget impact of providing psychotherapy publicly in BC. The HTA team is very interested in hearing about the patient experience with psychotherapy (talk therapy); such as how it impacts quality of life, general experiences, social interactions, or any other factors related to the patient experience.
Level of EngagementThis opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will involve patients in planning and design phases to ensure ideas or concerns are considered and reflected in alternatives and recommendations.
- Must be a resident of BC
- We are looking for patient partners who have either self-identified or were identified by health care provider as struggling with anxiety or depression that the patient partner sought any form of talk therapy. For example, the talk therapy could have been provided over the phone, in person or over the internet.
- Comfortable with sharing their experiences with talk therapy for anxiety or depression
- Access to a phone which can receive incoming calls within BC without any additional fees
- Vacancies: 30
- Frequency: One time only
ReimbursementNo expenses are anticipated for interview participation. For patient partners attending the in-person focus group, the health care partner will provide $20.00 cover your transportation costs.
BackgroundThe Health Technology Assessment Committee (HTAC) leads a joint Ministry of Health and health authority process used to make evidence-informed recommendations about the public provision of non-drug health technologies based on health technology assessments (HTAs). The topic of talk therapy for depression and anxiety was nominated to HTAC by Vancouver Coastal Health for assessment and consideration of public provision. In prioritizing this topic, HTAC accounted for the gap in mental health care that exists for people with mild-to-moderate depression or anxiety and the inequitable access to psychotherapies (talk therapy) across BC. Improving mental health services is also both a provincial and federal government priority. The Health Technology Assessment Committee makes recommendation on the use of health technologies and services in BC. Health technology assessments are reports that include a comprehensive review of the existing clinical evidence, input from both health professionals and patients, and a BC-specific cost-effectiveness analysis and budget impact assessment. There is no risk to the patient partner. All information provided is confidential. The session will not be recorded. The information in the report will be anonymized with no personally identifiable information included and written down in a summary fashion. Once the report has been completed, any personal information collected will be destroyed.
Engagement Leader Contact Information
Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement | Provincial