The introduction of the BC patient medical home last year prompted many rural GPs to reflect on how they are currently working, including working in teams to deliver integrated services and whole-person care that wraps around patients.
“Many small rural communities are ahead of the curve and doing this work very well, out of necessity,” says Dr Rebecca Lindley, Chair of the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice. She explains that working together and being creative is what health care providers in small communities do to make the most of scarce resources, optimize capacity, and minimize the impact of provider departures from the community.
Health care providers and patients in rural communities must also contend with challenges such as weather, geography, limited resources, and services available only at a distance. These challenges are particularly acute for rural GPs and others providing outreach services to remote communities. In this context, collaborative, creative approaches have been integral to supporting patients and colleagues. These approaches also provide valuable learnings for physicians and partners across the province who are working toward the patient medical home model in their communities.
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