June 01, 2017

The GPSC is working with family doctors, divisions of family practice, and other partners toward achieving the patient medical home model of family practice, which will form the foundation for integrated primary care in BC. Patient medical homes are family doctor practices supported to provide full-service family practice through working with other doctors and networks, having access to multidisciplinary team members, creating linkages to community and health authority primary and community care services, and using their own data for quality improvement activities.

Rather than replacing the doctor-patient relationship, physicians working with team members can enhance and support it. Patients have the confidence that their doctor is linked to all the services they need. They develop relationships with their doctor’s team working with their doctor to help them have better access to services within the practice and linked to the practice. Physicians caring for a defined practice population are better able to provide comprehensive care when supported by team members such as RNs, social workers, and pharmacists working within their scope. This can ease pressures, allow doctors to maximize time and capacity in their role, and achieve a healthier work-life balance in a supportive practice environment.

Some physicians already work in teams within their practices, networks, and communities, including many rural physicians, who do so to maximize limited resources and capacity. Within networks, doctors work with other physicians and specialty care providers to improve quality and access to care for patients. Networks enable doctors to share workload and resources to effectively meet the needs of patients.

Read more in the GPSC’s quarterly newsletter.