A special patient-oriented research supplement is recognizing CAMH’s YouthCan IMPACT study for its success in engaging young people to create a model of care that better meets their needs.
YouthCan IMPACT is one of 17 innovative demonstration projects included in Engaging Patients in Health Research: the Ontario Experience, a Canadian Medical Association Journal supplement featuring in-the-trenches experiences, tips and challenges from projects funded by the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU).
“By engaging young people early and throughout the process, we learned so much from them about what system transformation had to involve,” says Dr. Joanna Henderson, Director of the Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth & Mental Health at CAMH. “Once we engaged young people, there was no turning back because it became so obvious that we had to work this way. Many young people in need of care don’t seek help; if that’s the problem we are trying to tackle, then we realized we had to engage young people to figure out the solution.”