A central part to the Complex Chronic Disease Program (CCDP) at BC Women’s is empowering patients to be an active participant in their care plan when it comes to their treatment.
We realize every patient living with a complex chronic disease has a unique experience, and we work with each patient to create a plan that will help manage their symptoms and help improve their quality of life.
One patient of the CCDP has seen major improvements in her symptoms day-to-day life since becoming a patient. Sheila Taylor (to respect this patient’s confidentiality, a pseudonym has been used) has been a patient since the CCDP first opened, and has been living with Fibromyalgia (FM) and Myalgia Encephalomyelitis (ME) for over 20 years. Before the CCDP, Sheila spent many years doing her own research and struggling to find doctors who could help manage her symptoms.
“Because there was so little known about FM and ME, it was a struggle to find treatment and someone who understood my needs,” shared Sheila.
“At the CCDP I have access to a variety of specialists, and connection to resources and treatment that have made a big difference in my life.”
The CCDP provides a holistic approach to care. The program has continued to grow and change since its opening in 2013. The team now includes physcians and specialists along with a naturopathic physician, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, social worker, counsellor, and registered dietitian. Each patient's treatment plan is designed to meet the unique needs of patients, working with them to meet their goals and providing the tools to make positive change in their lives.
“Since arriving at the CCDP, I do not feel alone. I have a community here of fellow patients and doctors who understand what I’m going through. It inspires hope and confidence in the future,” states Sheila.
While there is still much to learn about complex chronic diseases, the CCDP is committed to providing the most evidence-based care to patients. Through innovative research, the CCDP will continue to find solutions to helping those living with these conditions.
To learn more about the CCDP and conditions treated, please visit: Complex Chronic Disease Program