Caring Community promotes collaboration between different members of the community, capitalizing on the ability of patients and citizens to create social connections and take care of each other. The mission is to partner with patients, citizens, clinicians and decision-makers to bridge community and professional care.
Patient and citizen partners meet with patients on a regular basis to discuss issues related to their illness, social situation, life project, and find ways to reduce the impact of obstacles on their daily life as citizens, by collaborating with other members of the community (eg. patient’s family, clinician, community worker).
Caring Community started as a small-scale experiment within a primary care practice in Montreal (Canada). The project co-leaders started caring together for patients in situations perceived as “clinical gridlocks” by professionals.
More information: http://www.partnershipchair.ca