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Five Days in May - Engaging Patients and Families as Partners

This presentation is part of Five Days in May, Island Health's annual health research showcase - https://www.islandhealth.ca/fivedays

About this event

In fall 2020, Island Health debuted a prototype of a Hospital at Home (HaH) program based at Victoria General Hospital. HaH allows for a subset of acutely ill, clinically stable patients to choose a safe and effective alternative to traditional facility-based in-patient treatment. HaH patients have 24/7 access to treatment, diagnostics, and hospital-level expertise from the comfort of their own home. HaH puts patients first, and includes patient engagement as an integral part of program design, implementation, and evaluation. Launched during the pandemic, HaH can keep beds free in case of future surges in COVID-19 and help ease the additional strain placed on the hospital system.

This presentation will discuss the use of Patient-Oriented Research during a pandemic, the patient and public engagement methods to inform its design and evaluation, and outline the integral role of patients and families within this program.

This research was supported by Victoria Hospitals Foundation donors.


Dr. Sean Spina BSc(Pharm), ACPR, PharmD, FCSHP

Dr. Spina graduated from the University of British Columbia Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences with his BSc in Pharmacy and his Doctor of Pharmacy. In addition to being the Coordinator of Clinical Services at Royal Jubilee Hospital, he is a Clinical Associate Professor with the University Of British Columbia Faculty Of Pharmaceutical Sciences and an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the University of Victoria Health Information Sciences Faculty. Sean is the Principal Investigator of Alternatives to Traditional Hospital Care Offered in Monitored Environments (AT-HOME). Since the beginning of his career, Dr. Spina has been interested in incorporating technology into clinical practice, and is committed to engaging patients, families, clinicians, and decision makers in the research process. He has authored several published articles on this topic and has received numerous local, provincial, and national awards for his work in formally evaluating the impact technology has on clinical practice and patient care. The Health Employers Association of British Columbia recognized Dr. Spina and his team for their work in 2017 by awarding them the Top Provincial Innovation Award in the “Excellence in BC Health Care” category.


Beth Bourke RN

Beth Bourke has been an inpatient, a primary care giver to her spouse and a Registered Nurse with over 35 years experience. Prior to retirement, Beth was involved in direct patient care and administrative work including staff education, policy/procedure development and working with key stakeholders to standardize physician orders. Over that time, she had several relatively minor hospitalizations. Just prior to the pandemic lockdown, Beth required admission to hospital and emergency surgery. Allowing her to encounter firsthand what some patients currently experience while in hospital. Beth is honoured to be offering her perspective as a patient partner in this exciting and innovative Hospital at Home research project.



Tara McMillan is Manager of Patient and Public Research Engagement and Regional Centre Lead at BC SUPPORT Unit Vancouver Island Centre.