Partnership Project Updates

Patients Experience Accessing RAAM Clinics

Patient partner worked with researcher, Alex Sharp to help improve access to addictions treatment in Manitoba’s Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine (RAAM) Clinics.

Using their lived experience, the patient partner helped focus the studies’ investigation on what is important to patients, particularly in assisting Sharp in the development of the interview questions. The patient partner provided insight and clarification to the study analysis and publications.

The study identified a need for a communication strategy but over all patients who looked for help at a RAAM clinic have a positive experience.

These findings were presented to Member of Legislative Assembly and leaders of RAAM clinics from across the province. After these presentations, brochures were made. These brochures explain what patients can expect when seeking treatment.

Researchers: Alex Sharp and Dr. Gayle Halas