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News & features


April 2015
Open Meeting: Workshop on The Changing Relationship
Apr 27, 2015 3:52 PM

On April 23 we hosted a workshop to explore the impact of illness on the individual, in relationships and in family life. We discussed the complex emotions involved in illness and caregiving, such as loss of identity and changes in family structure, as well as the many positive aspects of caregiving.

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February 2015

Changing the way we think about family caregivers
Feb 24, 2015 1:53 PM

There are over 8.1 million family caregivers across Canada, yet we are invisible.

How did this happen? Family caregivers are not healthcare professionals or patients. We are not viewed as the source of knowledge and healing or the locus of pain. We are not only unrecognized as a member of a patient’s health care team, but we are also isolated in managing the complex issues that arise during caregiving, and this is why many of us feel invisible.

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Open Meeting: 'The Stages of Caregiving'
Feb 9, 2015 12:00 PM

On January 28th we hosted a seminar led by Sara Shearkhani and Carole Ann Alloway - two family caregivers who care deeply about supporting other caregivers - who shared their insight on the various stages one might experience when becoming a family caregiver. A few themes emerged:

- No one is born a family caregiver, you gradually become one
- The journey of becoming a family caregiver is non-linear, full of uncertainty and you're constantly learning
- If the patient's situation changes, you may experience the stages again
- When you're familiar with the stages ahead, you are better prepared

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Experiences in the emergency room

As part of a project with emergency physicians and researchers, we want to bring forward and analyze your patient and or caregiver experiences in hospital emergency rooms - the good and the bad - in order to create Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) for the ER.

Please consider sharing your story with us. Email us to learn more.


  • participated in a meeting to plan a Patient Partnership Planning workshop
  • reviewed research applications for TVN
  • participated in a meeting on community engagement

Tell us how you're bringing the patient voice to healthcare. Email us at communications@patientscanada.ca


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