TORONTO, Feb. 7 /CNW/ - On February 15 The Patients' Association of Canada (PAC) will launch as the only organization of its kind to promote the
patient voice in Canada. Founder Sholom Glouberman, a longtime health
care advisor, began the association after his own eye-opening
experience as a patient.
In an interview in Maclean's (Feb 7 issue), Glouberman explains that the current health care system
is based on 19th Century breakthroughs in the treatment of acute diseases which did not
need or allow patient input. The success of the acute model meant that
throughout the 20th Century fewer people died of diseases like cholera, small pox or
pneumonia. Today, most die of slowly evolving chronic diseases like
heart disease or diabetes and for their treatment, patients play a
critical role. Yet the system continues to find it difficult to involve
We now recognize that the patient voice must become part of
decision-making throughout the system—in clinical care, service design
and policy making. The Patients' Association of Canada launches
February 15 in Toronto with a full-day conference on "Improving the
Patient Experience." PAC membership information at www.patientsassociation.ca.
The genesis of The Patients' Association of Canada, Glouberman's account
of his experience as a patient, his comments on that experience and his
full medical record are outlined in his new book My Operation: A Health Insider Becomes a Patient (Feb 1, 2011; Health & Everything Publications).
SOURCE The Patients' Association of Canada
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