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Table 3 Potential solutions raised by town hall participants

From: Engaging patients in health research: identifying research priorities through community town halls

Encourage prevention agenda – through better knowledge dissemination to patients, screening services that travel to rural communities, or teaching youth about healthy eating and physical activity
Government investment in health promotion
Encourage patients to be more involved in their healthcare
Integrate family members into clinical care teams
Educate patients and physicians on how to talk to each other (not at each other)
Patient education on medications and the role of a pharmacist; patient education on the management of chronic conditions
Better use of pharmacists to do regular medication review with patients
Healthcare planning in rural areas of the province, not simply centering all services in the capital city; taking a long-term planning view (e.g., insulin pump rather than ongoing needles)
Appropriate use of acute care hospital beds
Appropriate use of transport (e.g., using a taxi instead of ambulance in non-emergency situations)
Appropriate use of healthcare professional time and expertise (e.g., nursing time is being spent on data entry and paperwork)
Expanding the role of healthcare professionals; some primary care service provision can be provided by nurses, midwives and pharmacists
Extending telehealth to other areas
Extending hours of home care available
Making it easier for patients to physically access healthcare facilities (e.g., better parking needed)
Integrate technology into healthcare (e.g., electronic medical records)
Ask patients about their experiences in an exit interview