Understanding Patient Experience with Bladder Cancer in Alberta

Understanding Patient Experience with Bladder Cancer in Alberta

Bladder cancer is the 5th most common cancer in Canada. There is a lot of clinical research about bladder cancer but little has been published to date about what a patient really experiences when going through a journey with this disease.

Patient and Family Engagement

Patient and Family Engagement

Engaging patients and families in research and the design of quality improvement is an essential component of Patient and Family Centred Care (PFCC). Alberta Health Services (AHS) has been engaging patients and families to promote a cultural shift towards PFCC. This includes many inititatives such as supporting the creation of the innovative Patient and Community Engagement Research (PaCER) Internship training program.

Uncovering the Experiences of Adolescents After Suffering Concussion

Uncovering the Experiences of Adolescents After Suffering Concussion

Concussions are a growing health epidemic among youth. Current concussion research has produced a great deal of knowledge about adolescent experiences of treatment and recovery; however, these studies have focused largely on clinical information and analysis provided by healthcare providers.

Finding a Theory of How Health Works and Why: the Story of Wellspring (WS)

Finding a Theory of How Health Works and Why: the Story of Wellspring (WS)

We were PaCER Interns from Wellspring, a cancer wellness centre built upon social support who wanted to understand how and why it worked. This is our story of how Salutogenesis changed our initial description of WS into a Salutogenic theory of community wellness.  

Making Engagement Happen: the Story of Hidden Pathways

Making Engagement Happen: the Story of Hidden Pathways

As PaCER Interns, we realized that we could do research to pry open the lid on a shared but hidden journey through chronic illness.  This is our story of how we were able to overcome the biggest barrier of all in patient engagement – seeing ourselves and being seen through our medical experience.

The Persistence of Narrative: Losing our Stories

The Persistence of Narrative: Losing our Stories

As new interns, we had a common experience of mental illness and were drawn into thinking about the beginning of our experience...

Indigenous PaCER Internship Program

Indigenous PaCER Internship Program

AHS and PaCER are partnering to provide internship opportunities for Indigenous communities.