On May 3-5th, 2018, members of Diabetes Action Canada, including Patients, Partners, Researchers, Clinicians and Staff, assembled for an intensive planning based workshop to ensure that our programs and research activities are truly speaking to the needs of those living with diabetes.
On the first day of this event, a Patient-Oriented Research (POR) Training session was offered for our Patient Partners and Members. Among the attendees were Dr. Gary Lewis, the co-Scientific Lead for the Network, Dr. Jan Hux, President of Diabetes Canada and Dr. Diane Finegood, Diabetes Action Canada Steering Council member. This POR Training Session was an opportunity to develop a common understanding of patient engagement in health research and enable research teams wishing to engage diverse stakeholders. This training followed curriculum content prepared by CIHR in Patient-Oriented Research focused on building capacity in this research area. The participants experienced many hands-on activities to illustrate patient-oriented research concepts, share their research interests and build trusting relationships.
On May 4th the Workshop began with a welcome by our Steering Council Chair, Dr. Malcolm King and and opening ceremony by Spiritual Elder Mr. Garry Sault. The theme for this year Workshop was “Enabling Effective Care Paths for People Living with Diabetes”. Five of our Goal Group leads facilitated breakout sessions to discuss the potential impact of the projects underway and those in the planning stages. With our research activities happening across the country these breakout sessions brought Patient Partners, collaborators and sponsors together to interaction and strategically plan for next steps to design health care solutions that address the diverse needs of those living with diabetes. On May 5th, the Goal Group Leads, including Patient Partner Co-leads reported on the outcomes of the breakout sessions. Important advice was received and will assist in directing the direction and aims of our Diabetes Action Canada activities.
We were pleased to welcome Maureen O’Neil, President of the Canadian Foundation of Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) who honored us with a spectacular keynote address. Maureen opened with a description of the CFHI developed a community-based INSPIRED Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Collaborative, a program that required patients, strategic partners and government agencies to successfully scale across Canada to meet the needs of those living with COPD. This was followed by an interactive session in which Workshop participants posed questions to Maureen relevant to Diabetes Action Canada projects. Provocative and informative discussion followed about the importance of understanding the needs of patients with chronic conditions to improve their self-management and optimize community-based resources. Strategic partnering and scaling up effective care paths were key points of interest.
A detailed report from our Annual Workshop will be available in the by the end of June 2018 and published on our website. We have also scheduled next year’s Annual Workshop for May 31st, 2019 – June 1st, 2019 so mark your calendars!