Patient Engagement Framework

Patient Engagement at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Patients have been helping us make decisions about the care since the beginning. Patient engagement became even more central in 1989 with the creation of the Patient Alumni. Alumni patients continue to be active members of our team. Members sit on committees, help us role out new programs, review policies, and help us create staff education. All of this has helped us grow a patient-centered approach to care.

Patient Partners

Patient and family-centered care is at the heart of all that we do. We meet our goal when we involve patients and caregivers in decisions that affect care and research at the institute. Patient Partners bring  first hand experience and insight. We chose the word “partnership” because we believe that patients should be equal partners.

See Influence Clinical Care and Be a Patient Partner (in Research) for more about becoming a Patient Partner.

Patient Partnership Council

The Patient Partnership Council was created in 2015. Members of our council help us to better understand what is important to patients and their families, and provide valuable input. We have found that working closely with patients helps us focus on work that is the most important to our patients. Patients, families and caregivers bring forward great new ideas!

Meet the members of our Patient Partnership Council.

Patient Engagement in Research Advisory Council

The Patient Engagement in Research Advisory Council (PERAC) was created in 2015. Our vision is for patients and caregivers to be active partners in health research. We know that involving patients leads to better outcomes. Our goal is for UOHI to be a known as a leader and innovator in patient engagement.

The Council is co-chaired by a patient representative, Mr. Jean Bilodeau, Board President of the Patient Alumni, and a researcher representative, Dr. Bob Reid.

Additional representatives on the Council include researchers, patients and the OHIRC Board of Directors.

The day-to-day operation is supported by Dr. Peter Liu, Chief Scientific Officer, and the Office of Research Services.

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