Dialogue and Storywork in Support of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Cancer Patients throughout Oncology and Primary Care Transition Experiences
Dialogue and Storywork is a Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC)-funded project designed to improve the transitions and outcomes of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis patients during the cancer journey. The Government of the Northwest Territories Department of Health and Social Services and Cancer Control Alberta, Alberta Health Services, are the lead implementing partners working with CancerCare Manitoba, the British Columbia Cancer Agency Centre for the North, and Saint Elizabeth Health Care, as well as First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities in the Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba. The project aims to improve patient transition experiences from screening through survivorship, increase the availability of resources for patients and care providers, and enhance primary and oncology care provider knowledge about the care needs of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis cancer patients, their families, and communities.
Dialogue and Storywork emphasizes trust and relationship building between First Nations, Inuit, and Métis cancer patients and communities, primary and oncology care providers, and other stakeholders. Individual cancer journeys will be documented with multimedia and used not only to create informative resources for other cancer patients and their families, but also to generate understanding between patients and care providers of their unique needs and perspectives. This innovative use of dialogue through stories, compatible with oral traditions, will reveal many of the underlying values, beliefs, hopes, and needs of cancer patients, communities, and care providers by providing opportunity to recognize similarities as well as to explore and interpret differences.
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