- Have family physicians been consulted?
Have family physicians been consulted?
May 15, 2017
- As part of our program consultation process, we’ve talked with close to 200 family physicians over the past year.
- Through a combination of group sessions and interviews, you gave us your ideas and priorities for FPNs in NL.
- You told us you are challenged in meeting increased demand for patient care services, both in relation to patient volume as well of complexity of care. You talked specifically about:
- Supporting patients with mental health issues and chronic diseases
- Care of older adults, especially the frail elderly
- The worsening problem of chronic opioid use
- Meeting patient access needs
- Lack of supports for team-based approaches to care
- Managing administrative responsibilities/workload
- Lack of communication with your Regional Health Authorities (RHAs)
- Lack of consultation with family physicians in decisions that affect community family practice
You see FPNs as providing opportunities for:
- Improved working relationships amongst family physicians, and between family physicians and other providers
- Team-based approaches to care & sharing of resources
- Cross-referral to other family physicians with different skill sets
- Improving physician recruitment and retention, as well as locum coverage
- Access to, and knowledge of, community resources
- Better communication and collaboration with the Regional Health Authorities
- A collective voice in decisions involving community family practice