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Patient Partner, Fraser Health Trauma Network Research Priorities Working Group

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Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal, Patient partners in Fraser Health Communities

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Traumatic injury is something that we do not plan for. You never know when you will be faced with such an injury and a potential long road to recovery. Are you one of the thousands of patients and/or families that have received or had loved one receive care with Abbotsford Regional Hospital or Royal Columbian Hospital’s Trauma Services? If so, Fraser Health Trauma Network is seeking two patient partners to help determine priorities for research and injury prevention activities.

Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health Communities

Lead Organization or Department

Fraser Health (FH) Trauma Network


The objective of this working group is to set priorities for future research projects and injury prevention activities within the Fraser Health Trauma Network. Patient partners will provide feedback, utilizing their lived patient or family member experience in the trauma program, to develop and decide on priorities for research and program activities.

Level of Engagement

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


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.


  • Vacancies: 2
  • Date/time: To be determined with patient partners
  • Location: Via telephone and in-person, in the Surrey/ New Westminster area
  • Commitment: One week to 6 months: 2-3 hours a month


Out of pocket expenses (mileage, transit fares, parking) will be reimbursed. In addition, compensation will be discussed with the patient partner on an individual basis.


Why has this opportunity come about? Getting involved in patient-oriented research is part of BC’s Provincial and FH’s institutional strategic priorities. We want to expand our research team to include patient partners so that we can set priorities for future research projects that will be meaningful to the population we serve.
  • Who else will be involved?
The research team consists of the project physician lead, clinical nurse specialist, trauma nurse practitioner, trauma nurse coordinator, research coordinator and clinical operations manager. We are planning to create a partnership with an academic researcher as well. The Fraser Health Trauma Network Research Committee has created the Terms of Reference to describe the purpose and function of the research group in general. This document will be shared with all new research team members at the first meeting.
  • How will patient partner input be used?
We would like to engage patients first to help us identify what kind of outcomes are important to them. When we complete this work, we would like patients to help us prioritize these outcomes and define research questions that relate to them. Patient partners can help us with creating study related documentation (protocol, surveys), as well as other advertising and educational materials. We would like to engage patient partners in injury prevention work in terms of designing plans for community involvement.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Rableen Nagra, MA
Patient Engagement Specialist, Fraser Centre – BC Support Unit

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