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2/5/2017 5:00 PM

If there is one thing we’ve learned at the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, it’s to believe in the power of the story and the human experience. 

Look no further than our Patient and Provider Stories. These heart breaking tales have become a staple of Canadian Patient Safety Week and are so powerful that we call upon them at events throughout the year. For this, we are incredibly grateful to the brave members of Patients for Patient Safety Canada and the healthcare providers who have come forward to share their stories with us.

These are stories on a small scale. They’re still very niche, but if you’ve heard or seen them for yourself, you know the impression they can make on a person.

On a much larger scale, stories are what makes Bell’s Let’s Talk Day so successful. One day, each year, devoted to talking about mental health awareness. Not only is this event fueled by stories about struggles with mental health issues, but it encourages everyone to open up and share their own experiences. Bell has the kind of reach to ensure everyone knows about Let’s Talk Day, but it’s the stories that are the real stars of the show and that give the event its appeal.

We’re doing a lot of work at the moment to define the CPSI story. What’s it all about? Where did we come from and where are we going? You’re going to be hearing a lot from us in the coming year about the CPSI story. I firmly believe it to be an important part of our way forward. We’ve been at this a long time, and we need to do a better job telling our story if we’re going to continue to have an impact on the healthcare system.

How about you? What’s your story? As always, I’m available to you either by email at cpower@cpsi-icsp.ca​ or on Twitter @ChrisPowerCPSI

Yours in patient safety,

Chris Power