Patient and Family Centred Care Week

November 5-9 marks Patient and Family Centered Care week, and opportunity to acknowledge the wonderful work of our Connect Care community contributors!

Connect Care is about clinical transformation, with patients and families the intended beneficiaries. Remember who we’re building for: our parents, grandparents, friends, neighbours and colleagues – as well as the thousands of Albertans we’ll never meet.

As defined by the Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care, “Patient and family-centered care is an approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of healthcare that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among healthcare providers, patients, and families.” Core elements include:
  • Respect and Dignity - We listen to and honour patient and family perspectives and choices and include patient and family knowledge, strengths, values, beliefs and cultural backgrounds in the planning and delivery of care.
  • Information Sharing - We communicate with patients and families to ensure they understand and receive timely, complete and accurate information to effectively participate in care and decision making.
  • Participation - We build partnerships with patients and families, and we encourage and support them in the participation  of their care and decision making, at the level they choose.
  • Collaboration - We collaborate with patients and families in policy and program development, implementation and evaluation.
Many Connect Care Patient Advisors have been with us since the first steps of our journey. They serve on committees, councils and advisory groups and have grounded us at all 6 direction setting and adoption & validation sessions. Please join us in celebration of their invaluable work!