Living Library

Video Vignettes of Real Patients and Caregivers

A library of patients and caregivers (Health Mentors) available for student learning. Their stories illustrate important topics such as health care ethics, professionalism, communication, patient-centered care and more. 

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"She gave me the diagnosis of my daughter over my phone..."

Mandy & Sophie: A Caregiver’s Journey (1:05)

UBC Health Mentor Since 2012

Mandy recounts receiving her young daughter’s life changing diagnosis of Prader-Willi Syndrome over the phone.

Topics: ethics, professionalism, communication, collaborative care, caregiving, rare diseases, breaking bad news

"You're going to follow proper first aid procedures aren't you?"

Al: Being HIV+ what needs to be said? (1:38)

UBC Health Mentor Since 2014

Al details a first aid experience in Mexico to show why health professionals should always follow proper first aid procedures.

Topics: ethics, communication, stigma, patient safety

"I was Royal Canadian Air Force and CEO of Regina airport and had a stroke"

Rob: A Journey of Aphasia & Hope (1:55)

UBC Health Mentor Since 2012

Rob discusses how his stroke resulted in global aphasia, how he learned to talk again, and how hope got him through it.

Topics: communication, patient-centred care, breaking bad news

"Dementia is really an umbrella term..."

Mario & Lynn: Different Journeys with Dementia (2:35)

UBC Health Mentors Since 2016

Mario and Lynn discuss the stages from denial to acceptance in dementia diagnoses, stress the importance of positive language, individualized treatment and the role of peer support.

Topics: communication, advocacy, brain health, community resources and peer support

"He said at this point you really don't have much to lose..."

Al: A Journey of Living Positive (3:14)

UBC Health Mentor Since 2014

Al discusses living with HIV, his experiences with drug trials, medication side effects, and managing depression due to a chronic health condition.

Topics: medication side effects, mental health, advocacy, stigma

"The heartbreak has been the hardest..."

Jory & Robin: A Journey with Alzheimer’s Disease (3:57)

UBC Health Mentor Since 2012

Jory shares how his wife’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis taught him about selflessness, commitment, and heartbreak, as well as the progression of the disease and how he coped as her caregiver.

Topics: caregiving, advocacy, resiliency, family-centred care, palliative and end-of-life care