PATIENT ENGAGEMENT: Looking for Patient Partners for the UOHI Obesity Guidelines Committee

The UOHI Obesity Guideline Committee is a multi-disciplinary committee working on integrating the new Canadian Guidelines for the management of Obesity into clinical practice within the UOHI. This also includes staff education and resources. We are looking for a few patient partners who would be interested in participating in the committee to bring patient perspectives to this valuable work. The Committee meets once every…

Posted on December 14, 2021

Patient Engagement and the Patient Alumni: ORACLE Research Proposals 2021

To quote the UOHI Strategic Plan, Further Together, patient engagement means that patients and health care providers share ideas and discussions about how to improve care.  Patient-centered care has always been a core objective of the Heart Institute and the UOHI Patient Alumni, and is the reason that four of our Patient Alumni Board members recently had the privilege of participating in the review…

Posted on July 28, 2021


And we are going virtual!  The UOHI Patient Alumni Annual General Meeting is coming:  October 6, 2021, 3:30-5:30 pm.  More information including registration will be coming in the next month’s newsletter.

Posted on June 23, 2021

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT IN ACTION!: Dr. Sun’s Research on Patient-defined Outcomes of Coronary Artery Disease

In the fall of 2019, patient alumni and caregivers volunteered to participate in a research study to identify outcomes that patients truly care about following treatment for coronary artery (heart) disease.  The results of that study have now been published and work continues to build on the insight generated by our patients!   Through a consensus building process, the study participants (patient alumni, family…

Posted on June 22, 2021

Meet the new UOHI Patient Alumni Board Members!  Introducing David “Bud” Cameron.

Under the leadership of Jean Bilodeau, Nancy Lawson, and Stephen Sharp, the Patient Alumni Board solicited applications for vacant Board positions and interviewed applicants in the Fall of 2020, before inviting selected individuals to join the Board. The results are in!  Please join us in welcoming the new Board members, who we will be introducing to you over the next several months. Let’s meet:…

Posted on June 21, 2021

Try the New HeartWise Exercise Mobile App

If you’ve been struggling with your home exercise routine or unsure how to get started with exercise after your heart event, there’s now an App to help. Experts from the Division of Cardiac Prevention at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute have developed a new HeartWise Exercise mobile App with heart patients in mind.  You’ll receive a personalized exercise program, a place to track…

Posted on May 28, 2020

Eating Well while Staying at Home

Mayor Jim Watson: “I’m finding I’m eating a lot more because I’m here at home, nothing going on for the next half hour, I’ll go down and get something to eat.” With everyone spending more time at home these days, it can be challenging to know what to eat – stress, a change in routine, boredom, easy access to the fridge – any of…

Posted on April 16, 2020

Women@Heart Inpatient Peer Support Program

After being diagnosed with heart disease, being able to talk to another woman ‘who has been there’ can make an important difference in a female patient’s emotional recovery. The Women@Heart Inpatient Support Program was developed to meet this need.

Posted on January 3, 2020

Ladies, it’s your turn!

This study is approved by the Ethics Board of the University of Ottawa (H-06-18-639) Ladies, it’s your turn! Women have been neglected in research on Heart Disease for far too long. We know very little about you! Now is the time to take the bull by the horns! We are looking for women between the ages of 45 and 80 who have had a…

Posted on February 5, 2019

Caring for the Caregivers: Tips for Caregivers

Being a caregiver is not always an easy task. Here are 8 valuable tips to make sure you are caring for yourself as well as for your loved one. 1. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate 2. Hold on to Your Sense of Compassion and Empathy 3. Write It Down 4. Make Time for Yourself 5. Always Say Yes to Offers of Help 6. Give Control Back…

Posted on December 3, 2015