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Silver anniversary Labelle Lecture: Caring for, learning from and healing with patients

28 Sep 2016

The Labelle Lectureship Series marks its 25th anniversary this year, and will be celebrated with a special lecture on Weds. Oct. 12 by Dr. Antoine Boivin, MD, PhD, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Patient and Public Partnership.

The Lectureship was created to honour Roberta Labelle, who was one of the founding members of CHEPA. Her death in 1991 was unexpected and occurred when broad recognition for her research in health economics was just starting to emerge.

Boivin, who is also a practicing family physician and health services researcher at the University of Montreal, was selected by a committee to give the silver anniversary lecture, titled Evolving relationships: Caring for, learning from, and healing with patients.

 “Health professionals are trained to care for patients through mastery of knowledge and skills transmitted by members of their profession,” he says. “ With the rise of chronic diseases, there is increasing recognition of the potential to learn from patients experiential knowledge to improve clinical care, co-design health services, and shape policies.”

“These evolving roles challenge traditional healthcare relationships to a point where professionals can learn from their own experience as patients, and patients can build their competencies as caregivers, both partnering together to heal with patients,” he says.

Boivin’s lecture will address some of the challenges and opportunities created by these evolving relationships, with implications for research and clinical care.

The lecture will take place at 3 p.m. on Oct. 12, 2016, in McMaster’s MDCL 3020, with a reception to follow in the Farncombe Atrium. All are welcome. You can also attend remotely by copying and pasting this link in your browser:


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