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 -  December 19, 2018 -
BC Emergency Medicine Network | BC EM Network hosts first patient partner workshop

On December 7th, 2018, seven patient partners collaborated in a full-day workshop held by the BC Emergency Medicine Network (a demonstration project of the BC SUPPORT Unit) to review information sheets that are given to patients upon discharge from the emergency room (photographed above).

The Network currently holds a database of 68 patient information sheets in multiple languages, sourced from health authorities and partner organizations across the province.
The Network is actively working with patient partners to ensure that the information sheets are appropriate, beneficial, complete and understandable to patients. Prior to 2018, none of these information sheets had patient input. Pamela Jessen (from Langford, BC) and Jolaine Herd (Creston, BC) initiated the project and are members of the Network’s Clinical Resources Advisory Committee, led by Dr. Julian Marsden. Pamela co-facilitated the December workshop with Sharla Drebit, BC Emergency Medicine Network Manager.

"I believe we made some valuable suggestions, and I hope this work will continue. Everyone felt they were making a contribution to better care," commented one patient volunteer who contributed to the workshop. 
"We're excited to report that 39 information sheets were reviewed!" reported Sharla. "Next, the revisions will be reviewed by emergency physicians, stamped ‘patient partner approved,’ and shared with all emergency departments across BC."
Learn more about the BC Emergency Medicine Network
Opportunity for Input | Fill out a survey on intercultural fluency, diversity, and inclusion in research

The Unit carried out a needs assessment last year and learned that one of the training needs of our stakeholders is a workshop on intercultural fluency, diversity, and inclusion in research.

We are working with MOSAIC’s Intercultural Competency Training program to tailor it for our needs, to be delivered in the spring. This is a structured approach to building awareness and understanding of different cultural behaviours and will help create an environment where people of diverse cultures work together more easily and effectively.

We need your help to determine what types of opportunities would be most valuable. Please take a few seconds and complete the four-question survey below! 

Take the Survey
Opportunity for Input | Have experience in unplanned health care readmission? Please fill out this survey

Having been treated and sent home from the hospital, it would be fair to expect that your health problem has been resolved and is now under control. Your attending physicians and nurses are also hoping that your problem has been resolved and that you are well on your way to recovery. It does not always turn out this way, however, and researchers are trying to understand what factors are important in cases of what’s known as “unplanned readmissions to acute care."
Every year in Canada, unplanned readmissions create unintended consequences for close to 200,000 patients. Having gone through this experience raises the chances of mortality and creates secondary health problems for many patients. It also costs the system upwards of $1.8 billion dollars in unanticipated costs (Shuster, C., Hurlburt, A., Tam, P., & Staples, J. A. (2018)).

What’s missing from the picture are the details that can only come from the lived experiences of patients.
In the spirit of patient-oriented research, and the quest to uncover insights into the problem of readmission, a research project from Simon Fraser University is conducting a survey for patients who have had lived experiences with unplanned readmissions. Please help the research team understand what happened and how by completing the survey and adding your voice!
Take the Survey
Methods Clusters Corner | Updates from the Methods Clusters
  • Methods Clusters Project Lay Summaries: The Methods Cluster teams have been working to create simple, clear, and concise summaries of their projects to provide individuals with a clearer understanding of their work. The first group of lay summaries have been released and can be viewed here. The second round of projects are currently under internal and external review and will be released shortly. Be sure to stay tuned for more updates.   
Learn more about Methods Clusters
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led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and a unit of the
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