IN FOLLOW-UP TO ITS LANDMARK STUDY, WOMEN'S COLLEGE HOSPITAL ONCE AGAIN ASKED WOMEN WHAT THEY WANT FROM HOSPITALS, HEALTHCARE SERVICES AND THE CARE THEY RECEIVE
"Our original study influenced the construction and design of our new hospital building. The voices of the women from that study are reflected in the look and feel of our light-filled atrium, our wide and bright hallways and our common spaces that offer a place for thoughtful reflection," said Marilyn Emery, President & CEO, Women's College Hospital. "But we know there is still work to be done when it comes to advocating for, and advancing, the health of women. With our second study, we wanted to dig even deeper with women who represent the many diverse community of patients we serve so that we can continue to narrow the health gaps women experience, not just at our hospital but around the province and throughout the country."
The study findings are divided into three distinct sections:
What Women Told WCH
"The women who participated in our study, told us very clearly what they want and need from our healthcare system – integrated, accessible care that is free from judgment," said Emery. "Equity is one of Women's College Hospital's core values and it is my personal commitment that it will continue to be at the forefront of everything we do. These women shared their personal, and often difficult, stories and together, with our healthcare partners, we are going to ensure that their voices are heard."
About the Study Methodology The study was fielded between August 2015 and February 2016 by Leger and Strategic Navigator using an iterative, mixed methodology approach to capture both depth and breadth of insights. First, a quantitative study was conducted among 1,260 Ontario women and girls from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds examining how healthcare was being delivered throughout the province and identifying where improvements need to be made. Qualitative research was then conducted which included both online and face-to-face community forums focusing on communities where the quantitative study indicated women were falling through the gaps with respect to healthcare.
Full results of the 2016 A Thousand Voices for Women's Health report can be found at www.wch1000voices.ca
About Women's College HospitalFor more than 100 years Women's College Hospital (WCH) has been developing revolutionary advances in healthcare. Today, WCH is a world leader in the health of women and Canada's leading, academic ambulatory hospital. A champion of equitable access, WCH advocates for the health of all women from diverse cultures and backgrounds and ensures their needs are reflected in the care they receive. It focuses on delivering innovative solutions that address Canada's most pressing issues related to population health, patient experience and system costs.
WCH recently launched a public awareness campaign to bring attention to the Health Gap. The campaign illustrates how women's needs are often not considered in the healthcare system from research, to treatment options and access to services. WCH is asking Canadians to learn more and help close the #HealthGap. More information can be found at www.TheHealthGap.ca.
SOURCE Women's College Hospital
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