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Coutinho: The Future (of Women’s Heart Health) is Now

A White Paper published in the American Heart Association’s Journal, Circulation, is proposing a number of novel strategies for the improved future of heart health centres serving women. Dr. Thais Coutinho, Chief of the Division of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI), and Chair of the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre (CWHHC), says most of the strategies deemed essential in the…

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Patient Education Pamphlet

This patient education pamphlet entitled “You Are Having an Angiogram. You Have Treatment Choices” was made to help patients who are coming in from home for an elective angiogram. To prepare for their test and understand all of their treatment options. We are asking for patient’s opinions to see how well the pamphlet teaches patients the information and tell us how it can be improved….

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Mars and Venus in Heart Failure Outcomes: Why Women Are More At Risk Than Men

  There are several inherent differences to the physical make up of a woman’s heart versus that of a man. For starters, a man’s heart is physically larger, weighing up to 60 grams more than a woman’s heart on average.  Functionally there are differences, too. Arteries which feed a women’s heart with rich, oxygenated blood typically have smaller openings than men, causing women to…

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Get Involved In Our Research Activities

Engaging patients is critical to our understanding of the issues that are most important for those living day-to-day with a specific condition. We are seeking appropriate volunteers to serve as Patient Partners in Research, to work alongside our Researchers and staff. You may be an ideal Patient Partner candidate and we encourage you to apply if you have experience living with a cardiac condition. Engaging patients…

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Ottawa Heart Institute Annual Report 2017/2018

PATIENT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION The Heart Institute’s Patient Alumni Association continues in its new direction set last year in which all patients are now made automatic members of the Association upon discharge from the hospital. This new approach triggered the need for a refocused strategic plan, a new communication strategy, amended by-laws and a renewed governance structure. THE PATIENT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION NOW FOCUSES ON: •…

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Congratulations

The Patient Alumni Association and the new Cardiac Prehabilitation program have recently been recognized as leading practice organizations by the Health Standards Organization. The Ottawa Heart Institute Patient Alumni Association was started in 1985 by Mary Clinckett, the former Head of Physiotherapy at the Heart Institute. She recognized a need to enable patients to stay involved with the Institute, to be kept informed about heart disease, treatment and prevention, and…

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Quality of Care Committee

  Seeking patient/caregiver/family involvement! Introduction: The President of the UOHI Patient Alumni would like to put together a focus group of patients (former and current), family, and caregivers to support his participation in the Quality of Care Committee. The patient voice is central to the work of the Alumni. The Patient Alumni President, is an important member of the QoCC. As President, he represents…

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Annual Activities Report 2017/2018

Overview This annual activities report is the culmination of over 2 years of efforts from the team to refocus the Alumni. In late fall of 2015, Dr. Mesana and the Alumni agreed to a new 5-year cooperation agreement between the UOHI, the Foundation and the Alumni. The agreement allowed discharged patients to become automatic members of the Patient Alumni. To that effect, the Alumni…

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Updates to Engagement in Clinical Services and Clinical Research

Patient Engagement Framework Although patient-centered care and patient engagement are long-standing UOHI values, before 2018, a formal framework had not yet been outlined. The below was developed in partnership between the Patient Alumni and the Patient Partnership Council and Patient Engagement in Research Advisor Council Co-Chairs. A patient-friendly version of the UOHI Patient Engagement Framework was developed in February and reviewed by the UOHI…

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Patient and Family Engagement Framework

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) has a rich history of patient engagement that has spanned decades. The Ottawa Heart Institute Patient Alumni Inc. was started by Mary Clinckett, the former Head of Physiotherapy at the Heart Institute. She recognized a need for patients to be able to continue to be involved with the Institute, to be kept informed about heart disease, treatment…

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Patient and Family-Friendly Engagement Framework

What is Patient Engagement? Patient Engagement means that patients and health care providers share ideas and discussions about how to improve care. ?Patient? could be the person who is getting the care or their family member or other caring person. Care that puts the patient first is called ?patient centered.? Our goal here at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) is to continue…

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Women@Heart Program

In 2013 The University of Ottawa Heart Institute launched the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre (CWHHC) because some startling metrics began to emerge with respect to women’s heart health. For example, 70% of what we know about heart disease is as a result of research conducted with men. Women were, and still are, under-represented in clinical trials, as they represented less than 30% of…

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