OHA to Re-Launch "Your Health Care - Be Involved" Campaign

    TORONTO, Oct. 12 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA)
will re-launch "Your Health Care - Be Involved", province-wide patient safety
tips campaign to signal its renewed commitment to patient safety and to help
empower patients with making informed decisions about their health care.
    "Involving and communicating openly with patients, families and
caregivers is essential to improving patient safety," said Hilary Short,
President and CEO of the OHA. "These five easy-to-understand tips will help
patients to make the most of every visit to their doctor, a hospital, or any
health care provider."
    Originally launched in 2005, "Your Health Care - Be Involved" empowers
patients and promotes better health outcomes by bringing the advice and
expertise of health professionals together in five common-sense patient
"tips." These tips are:

    -   Be involved in your health care. Speak up if you have questions or
        concerns about your care.

    -   Tell a member of your health care team about your past illnesses and
        your current health condition.

    -   Bring all of your medicines with you when you go to the hospital or
        to a medical appointment.

    -   Tell a member of your health care team if you have ever had an
        allergic or bad reaction to any medicine or food.

    -   Make sure you know what to do when you go home from the hospital or
        from your medical appointment.

    "Patients should play a key role in their own health care," said Dr. Jack
Kitts, President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital. "These tips will enhance
patient safety by ensuring that we take all factors into account when
providing care for our patients."
    As part of the re-launch of "Your Health Care - Be Involved," the OHA has
designed a one-page, bi-fold pamphlet for use in hospitals to facilitate ease
of reproduction and distribution to patients and their families. The pamphlet
has been translated into 13 other languages and is available on the OHA's
website at www.oha.com
    National organizations, such as the Canadian Council on Health Services
Accreditation (CCHSA) and Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), continue
to support the campaign and the OHA's role in promoting patient safety.
    "The CCHSA congratulates the OHA on the 'Your Health Care - Be Involved'
patient safety tips campaign" said Wendy Nicklin, President and CEO of the
CCHSA. "The CCHSA, through its accreditation program, strongly supports all
initiatives to improve quality and safety in health care. The re-launch of
this program is evidence of the OHA's similar commitment to quality and safety
for health care in Ontario."
    "The 'Your Health Care - Be Involved' campaign is great because it
actively engages patients and encourages them to be more involved in their
health care," says Philip Hassen, CEO of the CPSI. "The campaign is guided by
patient empowerment, and that is an extremely important concept."
    "The 'Your Health Care - Be Involved' campaign is yet another example of
how Ontario's hospitals and the OHA are demonstrating their commitment to
providing patients with the safest possible care," said Short.
    For more information about the "Your Health Care - Be Involved" campaign,
go to the OHA's website at www.oha.com/patientsafetytips.

For further information:

For further information: OHA Public Affairs, (416) 205-1371

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