Phoenix Fellows and Grantees

Paula Rowland

2013 AMS Phoenix Fellowship
OT Reg. (Ont.) PhD
Co-sponsor Organization
University Health Network
Research Theme
Work Environments

“Patients as Partners: Exploring the Way Forward at University Health Network”

The objective of this Fellowship was to bring our best collective thinking to questions of how we design and deliver healthcare, the intersections of policy and practice, and what we can learn along the way. The projects associated with the Fellowship included:

  • A critical discourse analysis of the concept of “patients as partners” as a form of patient engagement and organizational development
  • An analysis of “person-centred care” publication trends over the last 80 years
  • Profession and organization-specific enactments of “person centred care”
  • A scan of patient advocacy groups across North America
  • Qualitative study on the experience of having “dual roles” as both a patient and a health care provider


  • Partnered with University Health Network’s Partners in Care leadership team to develop an organization wide “Philosophy of Care”
  • Supervised two Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy student research projects, examining patient centred care and patient/family engagement
  • Application in place for ongoing research funding to Canadian Institute for Health Research: Knowledge Synthesis Grant
  • One oral presentation and three poster presentations at conferences
  • Three research manuscripts in progress