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Engaging patients to improve the cancer system
Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s Cancer Patient Family Network (CPFN) was established in 2001 as a means of connecting with and learning from patients about ways the cancer system can be enhanced and improved. Membership is free and all who have experienced the cancer system, as a patient, a family member, a caregiver or a friend are encouraged to join.

“A patient’s experience is very powerful,” said Sarah MacDJillianonald, CCNS’s Patient Engagement Coordinator. “Patients, as well as their family and friends, who have experienced the cancer system have first-hand knowledge what works well and what needs improvement. We want to learn from the experiences of patients and their loved ones so we can improve all aspects of the cancer system.”

Recently, with funding from the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, Cancer Care Nova Scotia surveyed CPFN members to determine how members viewed the Network, their level of participation and possible opportunities for improving it.

Learn what members had to say.

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