Make a Difference: Become a Patient researcher
PaCER is a teaching and and research support unit within the O'Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary. Our interns are patients, caregivers or family members who want to be engaged in patient-to-patient health research and use their experiences to make a difference.
The year long Internship program is conducted as a group project and is designed to accommodate individual work and health needs.
Collaboration in action
Learning with others is a key part of the PaCER Internship Program
RECEIVE THE TRAINING YOU NEED
Working in groups, PaCERs design and conduct research acquiring key competencies in fieldwork, interviews, focus groups and narrative research. You can view a complete list of past internships if you would like to see some of the ways PaCERs are contributing to health research.
If you're passionate about patient engagement research aimed at improving health care and health culture, please attend our PaCER Internship orientation that will be held in
Calgary: October 7th from 9:00am - 2:00pm, TRW Building ground floor W21C, Foothills Health Campus, 3280 Hospital Drive NW Calgary
Edmonton: October 27th from 10:00am-2:00pm or 5:00pm-8:00pm, University of Alberta Hospital, WMC 2F1.07, 8440 – 112 Street NW Edmonton
Please rsvp for these events to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On 14th October PaCER is holding a focus group in Calgary with patients who are bladder cancer survivors.