Posted: November 2, 2016

Investigation of the Sustainability of Patients-as-Educators Programs


Trends in health care, emphasizing participation of patients in their care, require changes in health professional education. Over the past 25 years reports of the inclusion of the patient's ‘voice' in the education of medical and other health professionals have increased. However, factors that promote sustainability are unknown. Sustainability is important to the efficiency, quality and impact of educational innovation, ensuring that front-loaded investments are not wasted. Between 2005 and 2015 patient involvement in the education of health professionals has been sustained and grown. Patients have increasing levels of involvement and decision-making in education. Factors that facilitate sustainability are fairly evenly distributed among the three categories of influence in the conceptual model: program design and implementation, environmental factors and organizational setting. The major barriers to sustainability are associated with the organizational setting and require action by institutional decision-makers.

*Presented at Learn Serve Lead 2016


Outcomes, LSL 2016, Patient Involvement, Patients-As-Educators, Sustainability, Institutional Factors


Angela Towle, PhD, University of British Columbia

Beth Lown, MD, Harvard Medical School

Cathy Kline, MA, University of British Columbia

Jill Thistlethwaite, MD, University of Technology, Sydney

Jools Symons, Leeds University

William Godolphin, PhD, University of British Columbia