CFHI Blog: Reflecting on the journey of patient engagement

Since 2010, CFHI has been supporting teams to build their capacity to meaningfully engage with patients and families. Although the concept of patient-centred care’ has been around for decades, and there have been movements demanding more rights for patients to be involved (e.g. from persons with disabilities, HIV, paediatrics, mental health), in 2010, we were still in the early days of ‘patient engagement’ as we know it now, however, the notion of recognizing the value of (and hence actively seeking out) the lived experiences of patients and families to improve care and drive system change is a more recent phenomenon in Canada.

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