Collaborative Health Care Teams Good but not Sufficient

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Over eight in 10 (84%) Canadians think
collaborative health care teams would mean better access to health services
for Canadians, a new poll released today by the Canadian Medical Association
(CMA) reveals. However, even more Canadians (86%) say that shortages of health
care providers eclipse any benefits that collaborative care may yield in
improving access to health care services.
    "Collaborative care - doctors, nurses and other health care professionals
working together to care for patients - is the reality of care and doctors are
committed to strengthening the team approach in the service of patients," said
Dr. Colin McMillan, the CMA President. "However, collaborative care alone will
not be enough to improve access.
    In the survey, Canadians were asked about their attitudes towards
collaborative care, would it improve access, how confident they were in the
leadership of collaborative care teams and who was best qualified to provide
leadership in a collaborative care model.

    The survey found:

    - (86%) either strongly or somewhat agree that even with collaborative
      health care teams, there remain insufficient human resources to meet
      the public's needs;
    - 88% strongly or somewhat agree that an individual leader should be
      ultimately responsible for their care in a collaborative team;
    - Physicians (99%), registered nurses (80%), nurse practitioners (71%)
      and pharmacists (71%) were identified as either somewhat or very
      qualified to be a health team leader;
    - 76% see physicians as the most qualified to lead a collaborative care
    - 73% would only sign their family up for a health care team led by a

    "Collaborative care is about having the right provider deliver the right
care at the right time to the patient," added Dr. McMillan. "It is not about
shuffling work from one set of already-to-busy hands to another."
    Delegates to CMA's General Council will debate motions pertaining to
collaborative care during a special strategic session today in Vancouver.

    Ipsos-Reid surveyed 1,001 Canadian adults between June 19 and 29, 2007 on
behalf of the CMA. This sample provides a +/-3.2% margin of error for the
overall national findings 19 times out of 20. Survey findings are available

For further information:

For further information: Lucie Boileau, Manager, Media Relations, (604)
648-1333 (from August 19-22 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver (BC)),
(613) 447-0866

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