Alberta Depression Research Priority Setting Project

The Alberta Depression Research Priority Setting project invites you to participate in a survey. One in ten Canadians suffer from depression in their lifetime.  Health research is often done without the input of patients and families who live with depression, people who care for those with depression, and health care professionals/clinicians who treat depression. Interested researchers will also be asked to participate in the survey so results can be compared. Keep reading →

Surely we can do better – room for improvement in continuity of health care

Health Quality Council releases new report

Imagine being able to sit down at your computer and see your own health record – to check on test results, see whether referrals have been made, check upcoming appointments. This would be connected to a single electronic health record system in Alberta so that no matter where you are in the province or what provider you see, everyone on your care team has access to the same information. From the perspective of IMAGINE, this access to information is crucial for patients to be active partners and advocates in their own care and to support effective continuity of care. A new report from the Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) agrees. Keep reading →

Six common themes from six regional meetings

regionalmeetingsmapOver the last 4 months IMAGINE held six regional meetings across the province. We would like to sincerely thank everyone who joined us and shared their thoughts in Wainwright, Stettler, Peace River, Pincher Creek, Okotoks and Brocket. Participants from these communities shared their thoughts about their health care experiences and a number of key themes emerged: Keep reading →

IMAGINE Pledges for Change Day

IMAGINE started with a group of individuals who had difficult experiences with the health care system and wanted it to be better. Change Day is about harnessing shared energy, creativity and enthusiasm to make positive change. Our vision is to have a health system that is designed, and care that is delivered, in partnership with citizens, achieving the best possible experiences and outcomes for patients. We believe that by working together we can make this happen. Keep reading →

Using the H-CAHPS survey to ‘measure’ hospital inpatient experience in Alberta

IMAGINE is committed to working with our health system partners towards improved patient experience and outcomes. It is important for us to understand what strategies are currently being used in Alberta to assess patient experience.

We recently learned more about the H-CAHPS Survey that Alberta Health Services (AHS) is currently using to assess hospital inpatient experience across Alberta. Keep reading →

The critical role of patient engagement

We strongly believe that the experience patients and families have is extremely valuable and is needed to design a truly patient-centred health care system. IMAGINE wants to learn, share and work together so citizens-patients can be effective partners in shaping the health care system as well as being active partners in their own health care. Keep reading →

Coming to a community near you

IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health is a citizen-led organization consisting of Albertans who share their knowledge, unique stories and health care experience to not only reflect the current health care landscape, but also help shape our health care system. It is important that IMAGINE has a clear picture of these diverse experiences along with a good understanding of what is most important to citizens when it comes to shaping our health care system. Keep reading →

IMAGINE turns 1!

One year ago today, a group of like-minded patient, family and citizen champions partnered with the O’Brien Institute for Public Health to host a forum with the following aim – “We can do better in Alberta in improving the experience of health care, and the quality, safety and outcomes of our care”. The forum brought together visionary health care providers, educators, politicians and citizens and connected with more than 400 attendees, another 275 via our webcastKeep reading →

Ask the Locals! Spotlight on collaboration and success in Wainwright, Alberta

On November 9, 2015, the Edmonton Journal published an opinion piece called Heed the locals on land issues. The piece prompted Shirley Witholt, a life-long Wainwright resident who has recently moved to Edmonton, to reflect on her journey with community level advocacy and leadership in continuing care.

Yes, ask the locals!  Since we formed our advocacy group (Advocates for Designated Supportive Living Residents – Wainwright) in January 2013, we have spoken with many who have or who had loved ones in continuing care. Keep reading →

The Better Together Campaign: Because families are more than visitors – they are partners in care

We are excited to announce that IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health has signed on as an endorsing organization for the Better Together campaign. The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI), in partnership with the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care and other leading healthcare organizations across Canada, launched this campaign on November 10th.

The Better Together: Partnering with Families campaign encourages hospitals to adopt family presence policies that view family members as ‘partners in care’ rather than as ‘visitors.’ Keep reading →