Groups in Motion Model Provides a Patient Voice

Dr. Pamela Wilansky, Research Planning Strategist at Ontario Shores, provided background and a glimpse into the future during her presentation on Groups in Motion at Grand Rounds on January 23.

The presentation entitled ‘Groups in Motion from Concept to Implementation’ focused on the interaction between clinical practice and research throughout the development of the current Groups in Motion program.

Grand Rounds

The name Groups in Motion is rooted in the patient experience. Psychotherapy, education and wellness groups are available to patients in a variety of physical locations throughout the hospital. The name also reflects a patient’s recovery journey, which sets motion upon arrival at Ontario Shores.

The objective of Groups in Motion is to encourage patient participation which is in-line with their own recovery focused treatment.

In addition, Groups in Motion looks to increase the variety of activities available and catalogue all groups being offered at Ontario Shores in one place.

Dr. Wilansky noted an effective governance model and the adoption of an accurate calendar as some of the early triumphs since Groups in Motion was launched in 2013.

However, the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of the groups in Group in Motions bares exciting opportunities, noted Dr. Wilansky.

The model allows Ontario Shores to collect data on attendance, unit participation and the impact each group is having on attendees. Included is a feedback tool which provides patients an opportunity to share feelings on the group’s effectiveness and offer opinions on potential discussions, meeting locations, method of presentation, types of evaluation tools, and snacks for future group sessions.

This type of data collection will empower group facilitators with information to make decisions to ensure the effectiveness and engagement of the group.  Finding the appropriate treatment and activity that is right for the patient is critical to success.