Today is the last day to have your say.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and its key partners, Choosing Wisely Canada and the Canadian Cancer Action Network, are dedicated to supporting family doctors in providing the best possible care to their patients and communities. Their goal is to help patients feel comfortable asking questions and having conversations with their family doctor, making the clinical office environment a ‘safe zone’.

Related to this, are questions such as:
1. What does a ‘safe zone’ mean to you?
2. What is important to you in your interactions with your family doctor?

To assist in the creation of a “safe zone” for all, you are invited to participate in the College of Family Physicians of Canada survey.
Please note that the survey closes on Monday, August 21st, 2017.

Last Day: Patient Voices Wanted

Canada Health Infoway will be hosting the 2017 Infoway Partnership Conference: Connecting for Digital Health, on November 14-15, 2017, in Calgary. The focus of the conference will be to explore and recognize the effect that digital health is having in the lives of Canadians.

In addition to health care leaders and people in the healthcare profession, Canada Health Infoway is seeking to bring patients to the table to discuss opportunities, challenges and solutions concerning health care delivery in Canada. Click here to read about the Patient Scholarships that are available. Deadline for scholarship applications is July 5, 2017.

Calling All Albertans


Do you live in Alberta?
Would you like to see improvement in Alberta’s healthcare system?

If you answered “Yes” to the above questions, IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health is looking for you. In particular, IMAGINE is seeking 25 Albertans to participate in a province-wide conversation that will focus on improving Alberta’s primary health care system. Deadline for applications is June 19th. Click here to find out more.

Highlights from #WMTY17

The global campaign entitled, “What Matters to You” was held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. In addition to a number of events happening in various locales around the world, there was plenty of action occurring online. In addition to interactive blogs, the Twittersphere saw many #WMTY17-related tweets flying about. Below are just a few of the tweets shared. Thanks to everyone who participated in this campaign. Let’s keep asking the question, “What Matters to You?”


And We’re Off!


Today, Tuesday, June 6th, is the day for you to ask and answer the following question.
“What Matters to You?”
Join in the discussion on Twitter, using the hashtag #wmty17 and on the public blog found at https://t.co/sLz6U3P5nL

Call for Participants!

The Patient and Community Engagement Research (PaCER) Program at the University of Calgary is seeking participants for a project they are working on with the Cancer Strategic Clinical Network. This project will focus on breast health education supports available to patients. If you or someone you know underwent breast cancer surgery within the last two years, this is a project you may find of interest. Click here for more information.

Family Presence: Ming Ming

The following was submitted by Emma, a member of the Pts4Chg community. Thanks, Emma.

This is Jim. He spent 8 long weeks as an inpatient at the Red Deer Regional Hospital. Thankfully, the unit he was on allowed pet visitors. For Jim, this was patient centered care! Seeing his dog, Ming Ming, brought him such joy and the drive to do what he could to get home to her. Thank you Red Deer Regional Hospital for realizing pets are family too!

Get Involved!

  • Do you live in Alberta, Canada?
  • Do you have diabetes?
  • Have you been hospitalized lately?

If you answered “Yes” to the above questions, the Diabetes Obesity Nutrition Strategic Clinical Network would like to hear about your experience. To find out more, visit their website or contact them at DiabetesObesityNutrition.SCN@ahs.ca.

Do Buildings Have Rights?

If you have been following the assisted dying discussion that is happening in Canada, you know that some patients have been denied medically assisted dying. The reason for this was not because the individuals failed to meet the necessary legal requirements, but because the hospitals/care facilities in which they found themselves would not provide the services to carry out the patients’ wishes.

In a recent article, André Picard argues that hospitals have no right to refuse a patient assisted dying. As he poignantly states:

It is reasonable for individual physicians and nurses to declare a conscientious objection and not participate in assisted death. But a hospital or nursing home has no such right. Publicly funded institutions cannot arbitrarily decide what services they will provide, nor should they be able to shunt dying patients around like sacks of rice.

Click here to read the full article.