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Patient Partner, Patient Advisory Council (PAC) – St. Paul’s Hospital Anesthesia Research

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland, Provincial Region, Patient partners across BC

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St. Paul’s Hospital’s Department of Anesthesiology is looking for patient partners to provide a patient’s perspective on prospective and ongoing research studies.

Aim, Background and Logistics Information:
Patient-oriented research engages patients, caregivers, and families as partners to ensure studies focus on patient-identified priorities for better patient outcomes. The research team is developing a Patient Advisory Council (PAC) to provide input and feedback to the research team. Patient partners on this council will offer consultations and guidance to the research team, help shape research projects, and be involved in the publication of research papers! Patient Partners may be patients, family members, or caregivers of patients with lived or living experience.

Patient partners will be invited to attend research rounds to provide input and feedback on prospective and ongoing research studies, using their experiences as patients. Patient partners may attend meetings virtually with a flexible frequency, depending on their availability. Time commitment is estimated as <2 hours/month as patient partners will be contacted only for research rounds with studies that are relevant to their past health care experiences.

Frequently asked questions:

What is a Patient Partner?
Patient partners are patients, family members, and caregivers with lived or living experience that work with the research team during the research process. Rather than being subjects of research projects, take the next step forward and be a partner in research!

What do Patient Partners do?
The department’s research team holds virtual monthly research rounds where we discuss current, new, and upcoming research projects with the team. It is a space to get feedback and input from members of the team! Patient partners will be invited to these meetings, based on if their health care experience aligns with the studies being, and will take part in the research team’s discussion. Drawing from their experiences, patient partners can help shape research project methods or questions.

What is the time commitment for a Patient Partner?
We understand that our patient partners can have very busy lives, so we have designed the Patient Advisory Council to be flexible, ensuring it does not become an added burden or strain. Our monthly research rounds run for ~2 hours a month, but patient partners are not expected to come to all meetings. We will invite select partners to meetings where the studies are relevant to their experiences. Additionally, we will also try to schedule the meetings based on our patient partner’s availability!
With all that considered, we expect the time commitment for being a patient partner to be <2 hours per month!

Do I need a research background?
Not at all, we do not expect our patient partners to be researchers! We value our patient partners for their experience as patients, which many of our researchers may not have. Although, we do provide optional supplementary guides, modules, and other materials for those who are interested in learning more about the research process – but these are completely optional and for your own interest!

Can I be more involved in the research process, if I want to be?
Yes! If there is a project you hear about at our research rounds and you are interested in being more involved, you can choose to work more closely with the research team working on that project! This is not expected from our patient partners, but we want to give the opportunity to anyone who is interested in being more involved.

What is a Patient Advisory Council (PAC)?
Our Patient Advisory Council is a group of patient partners! By organizing our patient partners in one group, we hope to have a consistent team that we can reach out to for valuable insights and feedback.

If I have questions, who should I reach out to?
If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to Brooke Evans at

SPH Anesthesia Recruitment Poster

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of Involve on the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation.


  • Willing & comfortable to share health care experiences in a group setting
  • Specific health care experiences [details below]
  • Have access to technology and the internet to participate in the engagement opportunity
  • Comfortable using technology to attend online/virtual meetings
  • An interest in improving health care services
  • In order to be eligible to be a patient partner, you must: - Be over 19 years old - Have had surgery in the last 2 years in BC - Be a BC resident
Patient Partners ARE NOT required to be PVN members to participate in this engagement opportunity.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Brooke Evans Research Assistant, Anesthesiology | Providence Health Research (604) 817-7891

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