What Matters to You?

Happy International “What Matters to You?” Day!

On June 6, health care providers in BC and beyond celebrate "What Matters to You?", a powerful question that asks what matters most to patients as they receive care. The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, in partnership with PVN, has decided to extend this event from a single day to span the entire year, encouraging these important conversations to take place more frequently so that they eventually become part of the fabric of the health care system. 

In honour of this day of celebration, we are debuting a brand new video for "What Matters to You?", featuring stories from both patient and health care partners, and providing tips and tools on how this question can be embedded into your daily practice. The video can be viewed, downloaded and shared to help spread the word about this important initiative. 

Watch the video.

Patient and nurse in hospital

Interested in Getting Involved?

Patient partners have been taking part by becoming "What Matters to You?" ambassadors or spreading the word to their local communities using our collection of resources. Make sure to check out our new "Conversations That Matter" resource for tips on how to encourage and support meaningful conversations about care! If you're not yet a patient partner, find an engagement opportunity near you. 

Share Your Story

If you have had a "What Matters to You?" conversation, we'd love to hear about it! You can share your own story with us, or contact one of our Engagement Leaders to find out how you can take action. As well, keep an eye out for our evaluation survey coming next week! 

George and Leslie from Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children

"What Matters to You?" Sparks Change at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children

We checked in with George and Leslie from Sunny Hill Health Centre in Vancouver to see how staff and patients are responding to the "What Matters to You?" initiative. 

Read the article.

Adrian Dix making health care funding announcement

BC Government Plans to Boost Primary Care 

We're excited to hear that the BC government is focusing on patient engagement by putting almost $130 million per year toward hiring and retaining family doctors and nurse practitioners. 

Read the article.

How to Read and Understand a Scientific Paper

Don't stop at the abstract! Knowing how to pick the right sources is a key part of being an informed patient. This blog post from Patient Empowerment Network breaks down how to understand each section of a scientific study and evaluate it as a whole. 

Read the article.

Delia Cooper, 2017 Quality Awards winner

Checking in with 2017 Quality Awards winner Delia Cooper

Delia Cooper was the winner of the Leadership in Advancing the Patient Voice award in our 2017 Quality Awards. She wrote a guest blog post about how winning the award has impacted her work. 

Delia’s passion for redesigning health care is deeply rooted in her experiences living with rheumatoid arthritis from the age of 12. After spending years learning how to manage the chronic condition, she became a patient volunteer to share her experience and help improve the health care system. Her dedicated volunteerism has resulted in meaningful changes, and her courage and determination inspire everyone around her.

Read the rest of her story.

Questions or Suggestions?

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