Patient and Caregiver Engagement at IHPME

Engaging patients and their care partners in research, health care design and delivery contributes to improved outcomes and experiences


The IHPME Patient Engagement Working Group is made up of faculty, patients, caregivers, and community-based partners with the goal of building capacity for patient engagement education and research across IHPME and in the broader community. The Working Group is primarily a resource for students, faculty and alumni to promote and assist with engaging patients and their caregivers in research and education.

The committee launched in June 2018 when a dedicated group of academics, patients, caregivers, and community-based partners organized a workshop to consider possible first steps in this direction. This session, Engaging Patients, Caregivers, and Community: Co-Designing What the Future Holds for IHPME, attracted over 80 people, and featured keynote speakers, with lively round table discussions regarding the why, what and how of engagement. A working group was struck following this session (now the IHPME Patient Engagement Working Group), and has been actively meeting over the past year, reporting to the Director of IHPME. In the fall of 2019, the Committee hosted its first patient engagement ‘boot camp’ with incoming health services research students.

Please stay tuned as we continue to develop our work plan and means of communication with faculty and our community. If you would like to know more about this initiative or have suggestions for us, please contact