Patients Included

pi_whitespace2-websiteWe’re proud to announce that Quality Forum 2019 was Patients Included.

This means that we “committed to incorporating the experience of patients as experts in living with their condition while ensuring they are neither excluded nor exploited.”

For more information, visit the Patients Included website.

The Patients Included status is self-assessed and based on meeting all five of the charter’s clauses:

Patients or caregivers with experience relevant to the conference’s central theme actively participate in the design and planning of the event, including the selection of themes, topics and speakers.

Patients or caregivers with experience of the issues addressed by the event participate in its delivery, and appear in its physical audience. 

Travel and accommodation expenses for patients or carers participating in the advertised programme are paid in full, in advance. Scholarships are provided by the conference organisers to allow patients or carers affected by the relevant issues to attend as delegates.

  • The Forum will partner with the Patient Voices Network to facilitate the attendance of 20 patients at the Quality Forum, including having registration, travel and accommodation expenses paid in full, in advance.
  • In addition, the Forum’s registration fees are kept low in hopes of limiting the affect that cost may have on people’s ability to attend the event. Discounted hotel room rates are also secured for participants.
  • Learn more about how we support patients’ attendance.

The disability requirements of participants are accommodated. All applicable sessions, breakouts, ancillary meetings, and other programme elements are open to patient delegates. 

  • The Forum was being held at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, which features accessible rooms and provides assistive devices. For specific questions, please contact the hotel.

Access for virtual participants is facilitated, with free streaming video provided online wherever possible. 

  • Videos from the Forum’s plenary presentations and debate will be uploaded to YouTube.
  • Health Talks presentations, the Forum’s plenary presentations and a selection of breakout sessions were streamed live on Facebook.
  • The hashtag #QF19 was actively promoted prior to and during the event across social media so that participants as well as those unable to attend the event could join the conversation and discuss presentations, key learning, etc.
  • The Forum obtained as many presentation and storyboard files from speakers as possible and will host them on its website for free viewing and downloading.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or 604.668.8213.