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Health Policy
August 22, 2017

An updated IM/IT statement of principles from Doctors of BC allows us to effectively advocate on IM/IT issues.  The principles clarify our position on ensuring the physician voice is considered early and often on all IM/IT health care projects, and patient care remains at the forefront. See full...

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 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...

January 5, 2017

Professional autonomy of physicians is integral to the provision of patient care and to a well-functioning health care system. Professional autonomy means physicians can exercise professional judgment to make care decisions that best meet the needs of patients and it enables them to engage and...

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...