Previous Projects & Initatives

'Patients as Educators' - Past Projects:

Chronic Disease Self Management: Understanding the patients' perspective

This Summer Student Research Program (SSRP) study was conducted in summer 2011 and examined chronic disease self management from the patient's perspective. This researched explored how patients expericence the tasks of chronic disease self management, how patients learn to become experienced practitioners in chronic disease self management, and what health professionals (individually or as interprofessional teams) do, or do not do, to support chronic disease self management.

Patients as Educators Research Collaborative (PERC)

In early 2008, an international and interdisciplinary research collaboration was formed.  Patients as Educators Research Collaborative (PERC), which is comprised of educators and researchers, met in July 2008 to review the current state of research and has since identified major research gaps in this area including, effectiveness, outcomes and sustainability of 'patient as educator' programs. From 2008-2010, PERC led a number of initatives to explore the current gaps and advance scholarly development in the field of lay involvement in health professional development.

Patients as Educators in Health Professional Programs at UBC: Strengthening their Voice

Conducted in 2006-2008, this project aimed to examine and develop the role of patients/clients as active educators in health professional programs at UBC. The Division mapped the involvement by patients/clients in health professional education at UBC, developed a set of guidelines for preceptors to encourage them to involve patients as teachers in the clinical setting, and created an instructional video to illustrate the guidelines with a common clinic teaching scenario.

 "Where's the Patient's Voice in Health Professional Education?" International Conference

The 1st international conference Where's the Patient's Voice in Health Professional Education? was held in Vancouver, Cananda, in November 2005. The conference brought together patients, educators from different health professions, researchers and students to share experiences and ideas. The 134 presentations illustrated many ways in which patients or lay people are becoming involved in health professions educaiton in countries such as the UK, Canada, USA and Australia.

Other Past Projects:

Cross Cultural Communication In Health Care Education: A Course Manual for Students and Teachers

The Division developed a model program to address 3 generic cross cultural communication challenges in health care. This model was to be incorporated into existing health professional program curricula including Medicine, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. It was expected that students would develop a set of tools and approaches applicable to a wider range of cultures outside that of the Caucasian English-speaking patient. The program was completed in November 2003.