MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 26, 2012 /CNW/ - The College of Family Physicians
of Canada (CFPC) commends the Health Care Innovation Working Group
(HCIWG) of the Council of the Federation for its first report, From Innovation to Action, issued earlier today. We share and support its ultimate goal of
providing better care, better health, and better value for Canadians.
From Innovation to Action signals the increasing support among Canadians and health professionals
for new and enhanced team-based primary care models, where patients
have access to a family doctor, primary care nurse, and an
inter-professional team of providers. The report outlines advancements
in health care related to clinical practice guidelines, team based
models, and health human resources.
"The CFPC applauds the HCIWG'S recommendations that are centred on
innovative and effective practice models," says College President, Dr
Sandy Buchman. "It is consistent with our vision for the future of
family practice in Canada, the Patient's Medical Home—a progressive, primary care initiative that will strengthen team-based
care and improve health outcomes for the people of Canada."
"For many years the CFPC has also advocated for the development of a
pan-Canadian health human resource (HHR) strategy but there has been a
clear lack of progress to date," continues Dr Buchman. "The College is
pleased to see the HCIWG's proposed strategy to monitor and address the
HHR needs across the country. We hope this will help us plan for the
future and prevent the kind of HHR shortages that have created
significant access to care challenges for the people of Canada."
The CFPC also supports the use of clinical practice guidelines but warns
that they will not have the impact they should unless they are
developed with significant input from primary care health professionals
to ensure that they will be applicable to patients in primary
care/family practice settings.
"I was impressed with the thoroughness of the working group's
deliberations and the particular attention to the potential
dissemination of models that represent patient-centred, team-based
care," says CFPC Past-President Dr Rob Boulay, who served on the HCIWG
Team Based Models Project Group. "It's encouraging to see the positive
direction of the report's recommendations. The consistency between the
new report and the Patient's Medical Home clearly suggests that Canada's family doctors and the Council of the
Federation are headed in the same direction. We look forward to
continuing to work together towards common goals that will enhance
health care for people in all communities across Canada."
The Patient's Medical Home is a patient-centred model of care that provides timely access to
appointments; care delivery by teams of family physicians, nurses, and
other health professionals; and coordination of consultations and all
other aspects of required care. It serves as the hub, or home base, to
provide or arrange the broad spectrum of medical and health care
services needed by its patients.
The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is the voice of family
medicine in Canada. Representing more than 27,000 members across the
country, the CFPC is the professional organization responsible for
establishing standards for the training, certification, and lifelong
education of family physicians and for advocating on behalf of the
specialty of family medicine and family physicians. The CFPC accredits
postgraduate family medicine training in Canada's 17 medical schools.
SOURCE: College of Family Physicians of Canada
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