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April 2014

The hospital-dependant patient
Apr 14, 2014 11:04 PM

Medical technology is keeping frail patients alive much longer.  How much is too much technology? How do we balance quality of life, medical technology and cost?

Read this article from the New York Times discussing a frail patient’s journey. 

And the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is holding town hall meetings and online forums so that we all can participate in end-of-life care discussion.

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ALL, About the healthcare system  

Hospital admissions for patients with chronic conditions
Apr 3, 2014 1:31 PM

OPEN MEETING: On April 2nd, we focused our discussion on the experiences of hospital admissions for patients living with chronic conditions. During the conversation one question kept emerging: how can hospitals, and specifically emergency departments, better deal with non-routine and ill-defined illnesses?

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ALL, Our Open Meetings  
March 2014

Patient involvement is still a minority sport
Mar 25, 2014 1:50 PM

Involving patients in healthcare decisions leads to “better treatment, and often less of it” and is “a simple way to save money and keep people out of hospital”, says a recent article from The Guardian U.K. In spite of this, in Canada as in the United Kingdom, the patient voice is often only heard in pilot projects and by a small subset of organizations. More action is required to involve patients as partners in the Canadian healthcare system.

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ALL, About the healthcare system , Patient engagement  
How self-management improves patient outcomes

Chronic disease in Canada costs more than $90 billion a year in lost productivity and health care costs. In 2012, the Health Council of Canada published a report outlining why self-management support can help save health resources and keep patients out of hospital for preventable incidences.

For more, read Self-management support for Canadians with chronic health conditions: a focus for primary health care

What we are doing


  • attended the CIHR 2014 Health Services and Policy Research Priorities Forum
  • represented Patients Canada at the CIHR Café Scientifique
  • facilitated an Open Meeting on hospital admissions for patients living with chronic conditions

Tell us how you've helped bring the patient voice to healthcare. Email us at communications@patientscanada.ca

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