Improving Health Care Approaches to Weight and Body Size: Addressing weight-related stigma in Health Care Study Update
In February 12 public/patient partners met with the research team to inform the direction of research to address weight-related stigma in health care. The group discussed their experiences – positive and negative – discussing with eating, exercise and weight with health professionals.
Two other groups are still to happen: one with Indigenous people, and one with newcomers to Canada. After these meetings the research team will look at the similarities and differences of experiences to plan the next steps of the research program to meet the diverse needs of Manitobans.
Researcher: Dr. Patty Thille
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