Patient Engagement Starts with Storytelling

Patient Engagement Starts with Storytelling

Many healthcare organizations are looking for ways to include patient voices. The first step in recruiting volunteers is to use storytelling to help people understand and appreciate the various aspects of your organization. On a personal level not corporate.

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Stop Complaining and Speak Up!!

Stop Complaining and Speak Up!!

No rants allowed! We all have a role to play in contributing to positive conversations that are respectful of all opinions. Take the time to get educated and find a way to have your voice heard in a meaningful way.

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Highlight the Person Not Just the Diagnosis

Highlight the Person Not Just the Diagnosis

To get the support you need, let people see you as a person, going beyond the diagnosis. It’s about taking the time to make the personal connection so you don’t get a cookie cutter approach to treatment.

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Patient Partners - There's Strength in Numbers

Patient Partners - There's Strength in Numbers

I’m pretty excited about a new way of patient engagement. Patients partnering with patients. This goes beyond the checkboxes and silos, traditional ways of including patients (sometimes seen as token gestures). It’s about patients owning the experience and amplifying the voices of others.

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The Power of Kindness

The Power of Kindness

While it may be a release to scream and shout, it’s the quickest way to shut down a conversation. By practicing kindness you can break down barriers, build relationships and get the results you need. Learn how to practice kindness when advocating for yourself or loved ones.

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Time to go Beyond Token Patient Engagement

Time to go Beyond Token Patient Engagement

Being a patient volunteer can be rewarding, but it can also be extremely frustrating. Especially when you feel you are filling a token seat versus being an equal partner. It’s time to go beyond token patient engagement and look at patient volunteers as valued and equal partners in transforming healthcare.

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Share Your Advocacy Skills to Help Others

Share Your Advocacy Skills to Help Others

There are many times when we can share our patient advocacy skills to help others navigate a difficult journey. By listening, helping people formulate their thoughts and being there as a sounding board, it can be the difference between struggling and feeling supported.

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What's Your Motivation for Being a Patient Advocate?

What's Your Motivation for Being a Patient Advocate?

What motivates patients to volunteer? It’s not prestige or money but the desire to either right a wrong or improve the healthcare system by seeing the world from a patient’s perspective. If we truly want to have a variety of patient voices heard, we need to do the work to ensure any barriers to participation are removed and we value their voices.

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Should Patient Volunteers Get Paid?

Should Patient Volunteers Get Paid?

There is much debate online about whether or not patient should receive financial compensation for volunteering. Particularly when it comes to speaking at conferences or sitting on a healthcare committee, where everyone else in the room is being paid to attend. It’s about valuing and respecting patient voices, and the time they give (preparing, travelling, meeting).

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