Patient Stories
We want to hear your story. Every story is unique, no story is too small.


The Vancouver Coastal Health Experience in Care and Indigenous Patient Experience teams, are inviting patients, clients, residents, families, and caregivers to share their stories about their health care journey with the teams that care for them. In particular, we encourage stories from women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of racialized communities, visible minority groups, or persons of colour; persons with disabilities; persons of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. Hearing patient stories is a thoughtful way to help us learn, grow, and provide meaning for the everyday work we do.

Participation involves answering 5 questions and, if you wish, please submit a couple of pictures. To see an example of what your patient story will look like, please see Susan's Story. If you would rather speak to someone in person, to help you share your story, please contact experience@vch.ca. For commonly asked questions, please see the Frequently Asked Questions.pdf .

Consent to share your story

Your participation is voluntary and your story will always belong to you. At any time, you have the right to remove your story without any negative impact on your access to further services from Vancouver Coastal Health by emailing the Experience in Care Team at experience@vch.ca. Completing the fields below indicates that you consent to participate and share your story.
*Please read the Patient Stories Consent Form and check one below. 
On behalf of the VCH teams that cared for you, we thank you for considering sharing your story through the Patient Stories Project.
  

My Story
What location(s) did you receive care from?
We will share your story with these teams
Do you or your family identify as Indigenous, First Nations, Métis, or Inuit?
Self-identifying as Indigenous is completely voluntary. The reason Indigenous Self Identification questions are asked is to ensure that patients who identify as Indigenous have the option for additional support through the process of sharing their story from the Indigenous Health Department.
Our hope is that in answering the following questions and sharing your story, we can better understand and learn from your experience.
Please be as descriptive as possible. 
1. Describe the event that brought you to the hospital.
2. What helped or gave you strength during this time?
3. Who made a difference in your journey, and how?
4. Tell us about what life is like for you today?

5. Is there anything else you would like to say to the people who cared for you?

6. Please share a photo of what your life is like for you today

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7. Please share with us a photo of part of your journey (optional)

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Is there another photo you would like us to include? (Optional)

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*We may like to contact you in the future to ask additional questions about your experience, invite you to share your story in person, or to participate in other quality improvement or education opportunities related to the topics identified in your story. Can we contact you in the future?