Into The Fishbowl

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Are you interested in patient/provider partnerships (e.g., What they are? How they can be created? What barriers exist that impede their development?) If so, you may wish to join the Patent 4 Change Fishbowl session, which is being offered as part of Alberta Health Services’ Patient & Family Centred Care Week. The session will be held via phone and Internet and is open to all. Click here to read more about the Fishbowl session. Don’t miss out on what promises to be a very engaging experience. Register here.

Tips for Patient Engagement

alexanderrathsThe term “patient engagement” is one that is frequently stated and bantered about. However, what does it really mean? Why is such engagement important? How can patient engagement be fostered and promoted, so it becomes more than a theoretical idea or ideology and something that is real and realized?

According to Dr. Anhalt, an individual who treats pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes and chief medical officer for T1D Exchange, patient engagement is critical. Among other things, it sees patients becoming engaged in their own care, resulting in living healthier lives and experiencing better outcomes. Based on this understanding, Dr. Anhalt discusses tips for successful patient engagement. They include: educating patient and families, encouraging patients to engage in their health outside of a doctor’s office and using all patient interactions as opportunities for learning. To read the full article, click here.

Low Morale and Patient Care

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Does liking one’s job affect an individual’s sense of job satisfaction and morale? In particular, what is the relationship between liking one’s job, job satisfaction and morale for healthcare providers? What effect do these factors have on patient care?

Click here to read an online article that explores these and other related questions.

Quality Summit 2016

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What are you doing on Oct-24-25? Why not attend the 2nd annual Quality SUMMIT-INSPIRE ACTION TOGETHER.

Date: October 24-25th
Time: Oct 24- 7:30 a.m. (registration) – 4:00 p.m.
Oct 25- 7:00 a.m. (registration) – 4:30 p.m.
Place: MacEwan Conference and Event Centre; University of Calgary; Calgary, Alberta

This event will see patients and healthcare providers coming together to:
* Inspire each other to change and improve our healthcare system
* Create a connection point for us to take action on our good ideas
* Together solve the problems and plan for the future

This conference is open to AHS and non-AHS staff, nurses, clinicians, allied health staff, patient and family advisors, administrators, quality and other health care providers. Registration begins today and space is limited.

Click on the following link and you will be taken to the registration page.
http://www.cvent.com/events/quality-summit-2016/event-summary-bc9d45c1dffb4462b38697e7102b9b35.aspx

You Are Invited…

Pts4Chg is presenting at the International Institute for Patient and Family Centred Care (IPFCC) conference that is occurring from July 25-27th. As part of the presentation, a Twitter exchange will be taking place. Please consider joining us in the Twittersphere to converse with conference delegates, share ideas and have fun. IPFCC2016

Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Time: 11:15 a.m. EST
Location: In the Twittersphere at ‪#‎Pts4ChgNYC

Is Patient Engagement Tokenism?


Patient engagement is a term that is commonly used in the healthcare sector. However, what does patient engagement mean? Does patient engagement mean sitting on a committee and doing nothing more than rubber stamping decisions that were made elsewhere? Is patient engagement mere tokenism?  If not, what is patient engagement and how is it promoted, facilitated and supported?

In the article, “Beyond tokenism: How hospitals are getting more out of patient engagement,” Wendy Glauser, Michelle Satsiuk and Debra Bournes explore these and other ideas.