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Patient Focus Group seeking participants

June 2, 2020

The Medical Education team at the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) is seeking family caregiver participants to share their thoughts and opinions about survey questions in a virtual focus group setting.

The MCC is a national organization that strives to achieve the highest level of medical care in Canada through excellence in assessment of physicians. One of the assessments we offer to practicing physicians is a multi-source feedback tool called MCC 360. This tool evaluates physicians’ collaboration, communication, and professional behaviours in the workplace using feedback collected in survey responses from their patients, as well as, other physicians and co-workers such as nurses that they work with.

The MCC is interested in thoughts and opinions from patient caregivers about the physicians that you interact with (you may help a patient provide feedback, or you may provide your own feedback about a doctor):

  • on behalf of an elderly parent or grandparent
  • on behalf of a family member who has difficulty communicating for themselves in a medical setting (e.g., a language barrier, developmental disabilities)
  • on behalf of, or in support of, a spouse navigating a difficult diagnosis or treatment path
  • on behalf of a loved one in a rural setting, who may not have local access to the all care they require, and/or who may travel for their care
  • advocating for a loved one’s care from a distance

Each 90-minute online group will be led by a qualified researcher and will include 6-8 participants. Those that qualify and participate in a session will receive an honorarium of $50 for their time.

The MCC Patient Focus Group gives patients and caregivers a voice. You can advise the MCC on what’s important to you as a patient caregiver regarding physician communication, collaboration, and professionalism, and make a difference in the care and services physicians provide.

To qualify as a focus group member, you must have acted as a patient caregiver, in one of the contexts described above or similar, at least once within the last 12 months. At this time, we have reached capacity for participants from those interacting with a physician on behalf of their young child.

Currently, this focus group takes place in English only. More information is available in this summary.


Thursday, June 18: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. EST

Open to participants from across Canada


To join the focus group, or for more information,
contact us at [email protected] by Tuesday, June 16.