What is the engagement about?
We are all patients. Everyone accesses the health care system at some point in their lives. Many of us have also supported family members and friends in their journeys through the health system.
As experts in our own lives, patients can provide health system administrators and care providers with important information about how to best serve them and involve them as partners in their own care.
At the core of the Patient Voices Network is the belief that patients affected by a health care decision should be involved in the process of reaching that decision. There are many benefits to public participation, for both patients and providers:
- Providers are often focused on their own part of the health care system, and the patient may be the only one who experiences the entire system of care.
- By involving patients from the beginning the Patient Voices Network helped concerns be addressed early, and more efficient use of time and resources.
- When patients have knowledge and the confidence that their voices are heard, they are better able to manage their own care and make contributions to their community.
Following orientation sessions, those who participated were eligible to participate in further opportunities that matched their availability, interests, and experiences. These included:
- Advisory committees
- Focus groups
- Improvement teams
- Conferences and forums
- Other health care projects
Details of the Engagement:
Date: July 1, 2010
Category: Health & Safety
Types: Online, In person, Email