IMAGINE is committed to gathering information and experiences from a variety of sources and sharing that information with Albertans so we can all make informed decisions. Shared knowledge leads to improved patient experience and outcomes and helps us be active partners in our own care.
As citizens committed to working with others to design a patient-centred health care system that works for all of us, we want to make sure that we build on what is already known.
- What does patient-centred care look like?
- Does it look different in different health care settings?
- How do we create a culture that is patient-centred?
- How can patients work with health professionals to design a patient-centred system?
- How will we know we have been successful?
To begin to answer these kinds of questions, and many more, we want to build on what others have already learned. We don’t have to start from scratch. We can look for evidence from across Alberta, Canada and the world.
What do we mean by evidence?
While sometimes the term ‘evidence’ is defined narrowly to include only evidence from research, for the purposes of this important work, we are using a broad definition of evidence. We want to use evidence from many sources so that we can learn as much as possible (see figure below). Also, some of the questions we have are not well answered by looking at research in isolation from other kinds of evidence.
Five sources of evidence
Adapted from Rycroft-Malone et al (2003). What counts as evidence in evidence based practice? Nursing health care management and policy, 47(1), 81-90.