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Patient Advisor, Health Economics Research Team

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Want to know more about health economics and learn what simulation modelling is? Help researchers understand what patients and the public think about social, ethical, and other values that should be considered when doing research about health care costs.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

BC SUPPORT Unit, Health Economics and Simulation (HESM) Modelling Methods Cluster

Aim

This project will help understand when, where, and how health economists incorporate social, ethical, and other values into their research. This information will help to inform future strategies for representing the values of patients and the public in health economics research. Patient partners who join the research team will help BC health economics researchers know how to include the values of patients in their projects, and will be part of an initiative that aims to understand more about how patient and public values are represented in health economics research in British Columbia. Patient partner roles are to: 1) learn about basic concepts in health economics and simulation modelling and how social, ethical, and other value judgments become incorporated into this type of research; and 2) provide personal views on issues that arise when managing these types of value judgments in health economics research.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement . The promise to you is that the research partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.

Eligibility

  • Any adult British Columbian fluent in English and interested in health economics, health care costs and ethics is eligible to apply for this opportunity. You do not need any previous experience, just an interest in the topic and an ability to attend group meetings.
  • Any knowledge or experience with health economics and/or ethics would be an asset, but training and support will be provided.
  • Reliable internet connection to permit online attendance in research team meetings for patient partners outside of the Lower Mainland
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 the engagement leader directly.

Logistics

Vacancies: 2 Commitment: The duration of this project is 18 months or less. The total number of hours put into the project will be limited, determined by the patient partner and the team who will discuss and agree on expectations at the start of the project. It is anticipated that for the first 6-10 months there could be a maximum of two meetings per month, typically one hour or less in duration. Location:  The method of interaction may be in-person (for patient partners in the Lower Mainland), teleconference, webinar or mixed approach.  The timing and method of interactions is flexible and will be determined through consultations with all team members including patient partners.

Reimbursement

Patient partners will be reimbursed for related expenses, including local travel costs such as mileage, transit or parking . Details for these and other reimbursements will be discussed when the patient partner responds to this opportunity.

Background

This project, funded through the BC SUPPORT Unit will help understand when, where, and how health economists incorporate social, ethical, and other values into their research. This information will help to inform future strategies for representing the values of patients and the public in health economics research. To help make the project a success, we want to invite people with experience using the health care system in Canada to partner with us. We want the project to be relevant and informative for all British Columbians, which means hearing the perspectives of a wide range of British Columbians, including those who typically are underrepresented in health research such as Indigenous peoples, people of colour, people of diverse genders, and the LGBTQ/2S+ community.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Larry Mróz
Patient Engagement Coordinator
Phone: 236-521-2065
Email: Lmroz@bcsupportunit.ca

From Our Community

Laura Parmar

Physician Quality Improvement Coach — Northern Health

Laura Palmer

It has been so rewarding to go from an idea to working with such a great group of dedicated people from so many different organizations towards a very fun and rewarding project. Several extremely engaged PVN members expressed interest in being part of piloting a patient virtual care peer support system. I am confident that this is the beginning of many more exciting collaborations!