All Posts By: Connie Jorsvik

Patient Pathways, Vancouver

Reasons to Think Ahead

Most of us are not only going to remain healthy and survive this COVID-19 virus and crisis, but also thrive! And, it is important to plan ahead. I know you’re tired of hearing about COVID-19. I don’t want to add to your frustration and anxiety. I want to help by giving you accurate information, especially […]

Patient Pathways, Empowered Patient Checklist

The Empowered Patient Checklist

For faster, safer care in the community, emergency room, hospital… and back home. The best way to prevent crisis is to plan ahead… and to expect the unexpected: Know your health history, your medications, and your contact information. Assign a Substitute Decision Maker or Representative – and let them know about your Values, Beliefs and […]

Effective Healthcare Communication 101: The power of staying logical in doctor’s appointments

Staying calm cool and collected during doctor’s appointments and healthcare meetings can be an incredible challenge but allowing yourself to be overly emotional can shut down doctor-patient communication in its tracks. Being overly emotional during health care appointments will reduce doctor interaction and the level of care you receive.  Emotions such as being anxious or […]

Who is an Empowered Patient?

Empowered patients know that they are responsible for their own health, health decisions, and will assertively demand the health care they deserve.  I am an Empowered Patient – and I am at Stage 4 (see below) – but I don’t expect I will remain there at all times.  It is virtually impossible to remain an […]

Why we need to be Empowered Patients and Caregivers

When we are accessing medical care, we are doing so because something is wrong.  Our bodies, and often our heads, aren’t operating with their usual sharp and intelligent approach to problems because we are sick and hurt.  The very definition of needing healthcare is to seek treatment because something is wrong, and when we are […]