“We hope Albertans take advantage of the opportunity to give feedback and help shape continued improvements of the health-care system – especially now,” says Dr. Greg Powell of the Health Quality Council of Alberta. Advocate file photo

Survey asking Albertans how they are coping with COVID-19

Questions include whether Alberta relaunched at the right time

A new survey is asking Albertans about their perceptions of COVID-19.

The Health Quality Council of Alberta is a provincial agency with a mandate to survey Albertans on their experiences and satisfaction with patient safety and health service delivery.

“While the HQCA regularly surveys Albertans about their experiences in specific areas of health-care delivery, we knew we needed a special survey about the extraordinary circumstances we find ourselves in now,” says CEO Andrew Neuner.

“COVID-19 has led to many changes over the past couple of months. It’s important for an independent body to check in with Albertans to see what’s being done well, and where we can continue to improve. This will be invaluable information for Alberta.”

The survey asks Albertans for their perceptions on health system access: whether we’ve relaunched at the right time, public health measures, mental health supports, family physician care, the many sources of COVID-19 information available, and whether people feel protected from COVID-19 infection.

The survey findings will be shared with Albertans and provincial leaders – including stakeholders in the health system – so they can reflect on the data, and consider opportunities for improvement in the months ahead.

“We believe the voice of the patient is foundational to quality improvement in health care,” says Dr. Greg Powell, chair of the council’s patient and family advisory committee.

“We hope Albertans take advantage of the opportunity to give feedback and help shape continued improvements of the health-care system – especially now.”

The survey is available at www.hqca.ca/COVID-19. It takes about 15 minutes to complete. It’s open to any Albertan 16 years of age and older.

All responses are confidential, says the council.


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