Our 2016 Annual Report is Here!

2016 was a big year for PVN: we grew our membership significantly; engaged 428 patient partners in over 200 engagement opportunities; rebranded with a fresh, new look; and created new online resources to connect with members and the public at large.

We launched our 2016 Annual Report at the Quality Forum earlier this month, and now you can read the online version on our website. We also have printed copies available; connect with the Engagement Leader in your region if you would like one. 

We invite you to learn more about PVN through the report and to contact us with your suggestions for the network moving forward. It’s great to have an account of all the amazing results that PVN members have accomplished, and we’re looking forward to the future!

Nominate a Patient Safety Champion

If you know a patient or caregiver who, through exemplary dedication and service, contributed to a project or initiative that improved patient safety outcomes, here is a good opportunity to recognize their work: HealthCareCAN and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) are partnering to present the 2017 Patient Safety Champion Awards, and there’s a special category for volunteers.

Last year, our patient partner Johanna Trimble was the recipient of the 2016 Patient Safety Champion Award in the volunteer category, in recognition of her commitment to changing the health care system by raising awareness around the over-medication of seniors. Now we’re looking forward to finding out who will win in 2017!

Visit the CPSI website to learn more about the awards and how to submit your nomination by April 1, 2017.

Updates from Our Oversight & Advisory Committee

The second PVN Oversight & Advisory Committee meeting of the year took place on February 23, with discussions about: the use of storytelling as a tool to affect positive change; our campaign “What Matters to You?” Day; the Patients as Partners Annual Dialogue; and our strategic plan and new materials.

Here are the meeting minutes if you’d like to learn more about what was discussed!

Questions to Ask About Your Medications

When patients switch care settings, safe medication transitions can become a concern, including a risk of fragmented care, adverse drug reactions, and medication errors.

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP), the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Patients for Patient Safety Canada, the Canadian Pharmacists Association, and the Canadian Society for Hospital Pharmacists have teamed up to create a list of top questions to help patients and their caregivers have a conversation about medications with their health care provider.

These five questions can be used when you're attending a doctor's appointment, interacting with a community pharmacist, leaving the hospital to go home, or being visited by home care services.

Learn more about the project on the ISMP’s website.

Evening Rounds: Health Decision Science

Much of health research seeks to improve health by focussing on the new – new treatments, new evidence etc. In contrast, health decision science seeks to improve health by improving the choices made with available evidence – recognizing uncertainty, complexity, competing values, tradeoffs and cognitive biases can frequently lead to decision errors.

Would you like to learn more about that and how to make better choices as a patient? In the next edition of Evening Rounds, Nick Bansback, an Assistant Professor at the School of Population and Public Health, and a Canadian Institutes for Health Research New Investigator, will take us through examples of how decision errors lead to poor choices in our daily lives, and translate these into areas where decision science has the potential to improve health. The event will take place on March 21 at the BCPSQC’s office in Vancouver. Learn more about it and register for free.

If you do not live in Vancouver, Evening Rounds will be streaming the event live on Periscope. Make sure to follow @EveningRounds on Twitter so that you can access the link once it goes online.

Questions or Suggestions?

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