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Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal, Patient partners in the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley
Prescription opioid misuse destroys lives, families and communities. Finding ways to prevent and intervene when people need support is the goal of a team of researchers at the University of British Columbia. They are seeking two patient partners with lived experience to ensure that this research is meaningful and respectful to those that have experienced opioid misuse.
Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley
Lead Organization or DepartmentUniversity of British Columbia, Emergency Medicine
AimTo trial an electronic reporting system that records and reports prescription drug-related problems in emergency room patients with the potential of supporting opioid misuse patients Patient partners would help inform the team, gather information, and propose a plan for the work. This would include a focus group, making recommendations as to the design of a trial, and suggesting how the results could be used and shared
Level of EngagementThis 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.
EligibilityOpen to patient partners who:
- Have experience with prescription opioid misuse
- Are comfortable sharing their story and advocating for their peers
- Vacancies: 2
- Date/time: Tuesdays, 9:15-11:00 am
- Location: Telephone calls, with periodic in-person meetings in Vancouver
- Commitment: Two-hour weekly meetings, one year with the option of renewal, with meetings notes and other ad-hoc emails possible during your term
ReimbursementPreapproved expenses related to travel to in person meetings will be reimbursed according to the University of British Columbia Travel policy (including mileage, parking and public transit). Further compensation will be discussed directly with the patient partner
BackgroundWe are seeking to expand and refine a research program on an evolving public health crisis - the increasing number of individuals experiencing harm from prescription drug use. We are a multi-disciplinary research team that includes the following members:
- Dr. Hohl is the principal investigator of the Adverse Drug Event (ADE) Research Program. She is a clinician scientist who practices emergency medicine, and a health services researcher focusing on ADEs. Dr. Hohl leads research projects that provide epidemiological data to guide further development of health systems interventions to prevent ADEs and evaluate the implementation of medication management interventions.
- Hospital-based and community pharmacists
- Graduate students in Epidemiology, Communications, and Knowledge Translation.
- Research assistants and coordinators
- Three patient partners with lived experience with adverse drug events
- Community pharmacists;
- Government officials (BC and ON Ministries of Health, federal MP);
- Healthcare managers and administrators; and,
- Professional bodies (BC College of Pharmacists, College of Physicians of BC).
Engagement Leader Contact Information
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Fraser Valley