In the spirit of small tests of change, we’re trying a new feature on the Qreview blog. Starting today, and again once each week for the next 6 weeks, we’ll highlight a topic or issue related to health care improvement that’s generating some buzz. It could be drawn from the news media, research, social media — or even something that’s going on right here in Saskatchewan. You’ll get a quick snapshot of the issue, and a relevant excerpt, image, or link. Then we’ll turn things OVER TO YOU.
On January 9th, the discussion turned to including patients in health care conferences. In general, the consensus on the chat seemed to be that including patients was desirable, but it seemed to be a new topic that many were just wrapping their heads around:
In February 2012, international advocate for participatory medicine, Lucien Engelen, started the Patients Included Act when he announced via his blog:
I will NO-SHOW on healthcare conferences that do not add patients TO or IN their program or invite them IN the audience also I will no longer speak at NO-SHOW conferences.
Now it’s over to you:
Should patients be included in ALL health care conferences? Why or why not?
Have you attended a health care conference where patients were included? How was it different than a conference without patients?
Why do you think this idea of including patients in conferences is just now ‘taking off’? Or is it?