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UW-Eau Claire, CVTC Researchers Seek Stories
From the Public about Health Care Experiences

RELEASED: Oct. 25, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — Faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Chippewa Valley Technical College are inviting the public to share stories of their experiences with the health care system.

Faculty from the departments of economics and health care administration at UW-Eau Claire and the nursing and allied health department at Chippewa Valley Technical College want to hear stories about the public's experiences with the health care system, good or bad, said Eric Jamelske, assistant professor of economics.

"In short, we want to know what is working and what is not working in health care," Jamelske said. "Everyone is invited to participate in this process."

Participants are encouraged to include their name and contact information so researchers can follow up later as they develop a research project to further explore the complex issue of health care reform.

Researchers encourage those sharing their stories to include the "who, what, when, where and why" of the experience. All information will be kept confidential and no individual patient or professional will be identified in the reporting of this information.

The research team will collect stories now through Nov. 10. People can share their story in one of three ways:

  • Write a letter and mail it to:
    Health Stories, Department of Economics
    UW-Eau Claire
    P.O. Box 4004
    Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
  • Leave a voice mail message at 715-836-4512 (5-minute limit)

"We believe that in order to design an effective plan for health care reform we must fully understand the existing system, and if we are truly to understand our current system of health care we must understand the personal experiences of those using the system," Jamelske said. "We hope to identify the common themes as well as the strengths and weaknesses of our current system to help us develop a research project that will positively contribute to the public policy debate on health care reform."

For more information about this project, call Christine Eggers at 715-833-6220.

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