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Reviewer, Leaving Against Medical Advice Practice and Resource Team – Fraser Health

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal

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There is no RSVP for this opportunity. Please email Jami at jbrown@bcpsqc.ca if you are interested.

Volunteer Opportunity
Understanding why a patient chooses to leave the hospital before the treating physician recommends is an important area of exploration that patients’ input could inform. Fraser Health is seeking two patient partners to share their hospital experience in the hopes of building better practices and resources that reflect what matters to patients during this complex process.

Lead Organization/Department
Fraser Health

Aim
• Development and implementation of consistent practices and resources that support patients in their decision to leave against medical advice.
• Patient partners will offer their unique perspective and insight and help guide our practice and resource development.

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
Open to volunteers from across Fraser Health who:
• Have experience with hospitals, either as a patient and/or caregiver
• Are comfortable telling their story

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: 2
• Date/Time: To be determined in consultation with patient partners
• Commitment: Once a month, 1–2-hour meetings for six months. (If a patient partner is interested but not able to commit to regular meetings then a team member would be willing to set up an individual meeting to ensure their insights is included.)
• Location: Via Microsoft Teams

Reimbursement
No out-of-pocket expenses are anticipated for this engagement opportunity. However, if you meet the eligibility criteria, but have concerns about your ability to participate, please contact Jami Brown- jbrown@bcpsqc.ca to see if support options are available. We are always seeking to better understand and reduce barriers to participation.

Background
Against Medical Advice (AMA) is defined as a patient-initiated discharge, this is when a patient chooses to leave the hospital before the treating physician recommends discharge.

There are many reasons why a patient would choose to initiate their own discharge. When this occurs, it is important that the health care team offers patients and families the support, resources, and information they need to reduce harm. Developing and implementing a person-centred approach when this situation occurs will result in better health outcomes, improved patient experience, and decrease moral distress for health care providers.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

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

From Our Community

Karla Warkotsch

Patient Experience Consultant – Interior Health

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.