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Patient Partner, Reducing Fragility Fractures Quality Improvement Project – Providence Health Care

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Provincial Region

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No RSVP form for this Opportunity: Email jbrown@bcpsqc.ca if interested.

Volunteer Opportunity
Fragility fractures of the bones occur in one in three women and one in five men after age 50. Providence Health Care are seeking two patient partners who are concerned with this and are willing to contribute their ideas about how we can prevent fragility fractures through appropriate assessments, education, and therapies.

Lead Organization/Department
Providence Health Care

Aim
• To discuss accessing care for osteoporosis and what can be done to address these barriers so that assessments and care can be provided promptly and appropriately.
Patient partners will share their lived experience with risks of fragility fractures.

Level of Engagement
This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.

 Eligibility
Patient Partners from across BC who:
have risk of fragility fractures or are living with osteoporosis.
is comfortable with technology (as this is a virtual opportunity)

There will be an informal conversation about the opportunity and determination of the best fit for both patient and health care partners prior to placement.

Logistics
• Number of vacancies: 6
Date/Time: To be shared once patient partner is confirmed
Location: Virtual via Zoom Video Conferencing
Commitment: 6 months, Once a month, with potential reading between calls

Reimbursement
No expenses are anticipated. However, we are always seeking to understand and reduce barriers to participation. If you meet the eligibility and would like to be considered for this opportunity, but have concerns about your ability to participate, please contact Jami Brown – jbrown@bcpsqc.ca to see if there are support options possible.

Background
Fragility fractures of the bones occur in one in three women and one in five men after age 50. These patients are twice as likely to have another fracture in following two – five years. Hip fractures in particular cause significant morbidity, hospital stay, and mortality, with data showing that 28% of women and 37% of men who suffer a hip fracture will die within the following year. Early recognition and intervention are associated with fracture prevention. It is thought that if we can identify patients who are at high risk of fracture and intervene with education, lifestyle changes and appropriate therapy, we will improve their overall patient wellness and quality of care.

Our team are aiming to discuss with key stakeholders – health care providers in hospital, family physicians and patients – what barriers they face in accessing care for osteoporosis and what can be done to address these barriers so that Osteoporosis assessment and care can be provided promptly and appropriately.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Jami Brown | BA, MAPC (she/her/hers)
Engagement Leader
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council
604.510.0449
jbrown@bcpsqc.ca

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Karla Warkotsch

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Karla Warkotsch

The question I like to ask health care employees is ‘Who is this for?’ and ‘Do we have the right people at the table?’ As a health care employee, I see how easy it is to fall into doing for, rather than doing with patients. The voices of the patient, family and caregiver are essential to ensure the patient is central to the direction and focus of the work being done.