Health care providers from across Saskatchewan coming together to improve care for people living with depression and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
The 18-month initiative, called the Saskatchewan Chronic Disease Management Collaborative II, will give health care professionals strategies for applying the best available medical evidence when treating these two chronic conditions. Participants will also learn how to redesign their scheduling systems to make it easier for patients to get appointments. Fifty-four primary care practices - involving 47 family doctors and 170 other care providers - are participating in the initiative, which is being led by the province's Health Quality Council.
Why a Collaborative?
Research shows there is a significant gap between what is widely regarded as optimal care and the care that patients actually receive. A Collaborative is a specific method to rapidly spread best practices to multiple settings; participants attend in-person learning workshops, test new ways to deliver care, then share lessons about what changes did and did not work. The first chronic disease management Collaborative led by HQC, which ran from
Marlene Smadu, chair of the Health Quality Council, says this is the second such initiative HQC has organized to improve chronic disease care for Saskatchewan patients, and notes the approach is consistent with recommendations in the recently released Patient First Review. "In his final report, Commissioner
Why depression and COPD?
Providers and primary care teams identified depression and COPD as areas where they want help improving care. Depression is only accurately diagnosed in about half of patients, and among those, only about one in three receives appropriate care. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in Saskatchewan, and is projected to be the third most common cause of death by the year 2015.
The Health Quality Council is an independent agency that works closely with health regions, providers, and government to accelerate improvement in Saskatchewan's health care system. HQC is fulfilling this mission by measuring and reporting on quality, building leadership and capability for improvement, engaging providers, and informing health policy.For further information: Jade Gulash, Health Quality Council, Phone: 229-1190, email@example.com