This Special Issue of Healthcare Quarterly aims to provide an overview of patient and family engagement in healthcare system improvement. It brings together experts (patients, clinicians, researchers, policy makers) from across the country tasked with sharing their experiential learning regarding engagement in the Canadian healthcare system. A team of experts from the Netherlands was added to this group of authors to provide insights into European developments in this area.
The authors who were invited to contribute to this Special Issue are all pioneers and leaders in patient, family and public partnerships. Their contributions to this field as academics and agents of change are made from both the perspective of observers and the standpoint of key influencers in the development of patient, family and public engagement across the country. They are undoubtedly best positioned to provide an assessment of the current situation and to help us better understand the next steps. Most of the articles include patients as co-authors, together with clinicians, managers and researchers. Similarly, this Special Issue is co-edited by a patient and a clinician-researcher.