Dialogue Volume 15, Issue 3 2019 - Page 6

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT all understood the importance of information exchange across differ- ent parts of the health-care system. Therefore, it was never a discussion of “why do we need to do this?” but rather a shared exploration of how best to accomplish our goal. We also engaged with the Citizen Advisory Group to help identify the key issues among patients and caregivers and to seek feedback on what constitutes reasonable expectations for physicians. We conducted patient polling and held two forums in order to engage a variety of stakeholder organizations, health-care providers, and patient advocates in a discussion on key elements of the draft policies. The final policies are substantially different than the draft versions that many of you provided feedback on. The policy redesign initiative made it possible to identify core expectations while the companion (advisory) document addresses the practical challenges that were raised by feedback from patients and phy- sicians alike. We believe, with your help, we have been able to deliver policies that are workable, reason- able and very much in the public and patient interest. So thank you for your help as, together, we took on this important initiative. I urge you to read the article on page 9 about the changes and why we made them. The four policies are on our website. We live-tweet Council Meetings Follow us at cpso_ca 6 DIALOGUE ISSUE 3, 2019