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About Better Together:  Partnering with Families

The Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety endorses ‘Better Together: Partnering with Families’,

a North American campaign encouraging hospitals to review their visiting policies with a view

to adopting family presence policies. Family presence enables patients – if they choose – to

designate family members or other loved ones who can stay by their side 24 hours a day, seven

days a week. This approach creates a welcoming environment that enables family and caregivers

to more fully participate in patient care by being present for physician rounds and helping with

transitions in care.

Family presence policies are one element of a balanced strategy

for improving patient safety.

Families are more than visitors. They’re partners in care.

The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) is calling on hospitals nationwide

to take the pledge and begin the process of implementing the family presence policy innovation

as a practical step towards delivering more patient and family-centred care.

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To learn more about the benefits of family presence and how to get involved, whether you are

a healthcare provider, a patient, caregiver or family member, please visit the Better Together

campaign page for a wealth of information. Healthcare providers who choose to take the pledge

will become part of an online learning community where they may share strategies, challenges

and successes.