NewsYearly Archives: 2019


It’s in the DNA

Like threads in woven fabric, patient engagement is becoming firmly entrenched at The Ottawa Hospital. “It is becoming part of the hospital’s DNA,” says Dean Fergusson, head of the Ottawa Methods Centre, OSSU’s Scientific co-Lead and a key advocate for…

Ottawa: a patient partnership engine

An OR Black Box® to improve surgical outcomes, a patient navigator for Francophones and a matchmaking service for researchers and patient partners show that Ottawa is ’walking the talk’ in patient partnership in research. Home to two OSSU Research Centres…

A matchmaker at CHEO

A matchmaker between researchers and community members is how Michelle Quinlan describes her role at CHEO. Since November 2017, Michelle has been the inaugural Research Family Leader Program Co-ordinator, a position created by the Ontario Child Health Support Unit (OCHSU),…

Out-of-the-box thinking

An innovative project that brings aviation expertise to the operating room engaged patients from start to finish to ensure success. Just like on airplanes, The Ottawa Hospital now has a “black box” in a surgical operating room that records conversations,…

Blood cancer trials benefit from patients’ lived experience

How can researchers ensure that a clinical trial will be successful? Embedding people with lived experience in the trial design may be the roadmap to follow. “Taking a new discovery from bench-to-bedside is extremely challenging and most early or first-in-human…

OSSU Patient Partners Working Group Webinar Recording

The OSSU Patient Partners Working Group held their Summer 2019 Webinar at the end of June. In this webinar, covering the topic of communication in patient partnered research, a collective of researcher, partner with lived experience and health professional discussed…

Communication in Patient Partnered Research

The OSSU Patient Partners Working Group (PPWG) is hosting a webinar on Thursday the 27th June at 12pm Eastern time. The webinar will explore the issue of communication in patient partnered research with a partnership group involved in multiple research…