Program Goals – What We Plan to Achieve
Founded on the principles of the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s (CFPC’s) patient medical home (2011), the goals of a Family Practice Network are ultimately about contributing to an integrated system of care. The overarching intent is to build capacity in a system focused on the patient.
Family Practice Networks will contribute to this effort through the following goals:
- Improved coordination of patient care across the continuum of care, and between providers and community-based services and supports.
- Improved identification and management of a full range of comprehensive care services.
- Enhanced access to primary care services, such as through the provision of more flexible and conveniently scheduled after-hours clinics and improved access to same-day or next-day urgent appointments.
- Improved health outcomes, particularly among high-needs populations and those living with chronic disease(s).
- Increased collaboration between local family physicians, and between family physicians and other primary health care providers.
- Greater collaboration between family physicians and regional health authorities leading to improved alignment on priority issues.
- Improved recruitment and retention of family physicians, particularly in rural and underserviced communities.
- The establishment of collaborative, community-based multidisciplinary teams.