policy statement

July 12, 2017
With an estimated one in five British Columbians living with chronic pain – a number that is expected to grow with our aging population, effective pain management is crucial for improving these individuals’ everyday quality of life.   Doctors of BC believes our health care system is lacking with...
July 6, 2017

In British Columbia and across Canada, it is estimated that one in five adults are living with chronic pain – and as people age, that number is expected to grow. For people with chronic pain, effective pain management is crucial for improving their quality of life. As such, Doctors of BC...

June 30, 2017

Everyone, no matter where they work or who they work with, should be able to speak out, offer feedback, or introduce new ideas without fear of reprisal, embarrassment, or ridicule. Psychological safety is best described as an environment where people feel safe to speak up about workplace...

June 29, 2017

Psychological safety is defined as “the degree to which people view the environment as conducive to interpersonally risky behaviours like speaking up or asking for help”. Without psychological safety, physicians and others are less likely to suggest new ideas, offer feedback, or seek assistance...

April 26, 2016

In December 2014, an on duty physician was violently assaulted by a psychiatric patient at BC’s Penticton Regional Hospital. Alarmingly, this is just one example of numerous incidents where physicians have been assaulted at a healthcare setting in BC. Indeed, all health care providers, including...