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NL SUPPORT GOES WEST

SINCE APRIL 2015, NL SUPPORT has been holding a series of public events to speak to patients, caregivers and families about their needs and priorities in health care, and until this Spring, these events had all taken place in and around the Avalon region of the province. This year, during the week of May 9th, NL SUPPORT undertook a five-day, four-stop tour of Western and Central Newfoundland. 

We traveled to:
·         Grand Falls-Windsor (May 9)
·         Deer Lake (May 10)
·         Port Aux Basques (May 11)
·         Corner Brook (May 12)
 
At each location, we spoke to residents at public town hall events and other community locations, and received valuable feedback about health research priorities in each town. A complete summary of all the feedback we received is available here.


This feedback will be used to set research priorities for upcoming health research funding competitions. We will provide funding to research projects that engage patients, enhance patient outcomes and focus on healthcare concerns identified by patients in Newfoundland and Labrador. Feedback from previous town hall events has led to funding four research projects. One is focused on preventing diabetic foot ulcers by testing new, easy, low cost thermometers and another is developing a tele homecare service to offer high quality care for people with autism in rural areas.
 
We value the public’s input on health research and plan to visit more communities in the future.
 
If you would like to learn more about how you can become involved in patient-oriented research, please contact Eva Vat, Patient Engagement Consultant. We are actively looking for patients to sit on our patient advisory council or partner on research projects.
 
If you are a researcher interested in patient-oriented research and would like more information about how we can assist your project, please visit our website or contact Dale Humphries, Research Officer.