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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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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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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Warning: Working on Your Weaknesses Can Sink Your Career

Warning: Working on Your Weaknesses Can Sink Your Career

While I usually write about patient advocacy, bear with me as this blog post is aimed at helping you grow professionally and personally. And by focusing on our strengths we can be stronger advocates or healthcare professionals.

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Don't Be Afraid to Get Personal

Don't Be Afraid to Get Personal

Having recently presented to a provincial government finance committee supporting a funding request, I was reminded of the importance of sharing our personal stories. It brings a human face to often complex issues. And reminds people of the true value of programs and services - to help people!

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Engaging Patients Will Help Improve the Quality of Healthcare

Engaging Patients Will Help Improve the Quality of Healthcare

A recent article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal recognized the importance of engaging patient voices in healthcare. While this is great news for those of us working in patient advocacy, there is still a long road ahead to truly create patient and family centred care where all voices are heard.

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It’s Time to Train Medical Students in Patient Engagement

It’s Time to Train Medical Students in Patient Engagement

If we truly want to create patient and family centred healthcare, we need to make sure patient engagement is part of on boarding medical students as they begin their placements in hospitals. They need to understand how the organization includes patient stories and their role in patient engagement.

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