to the web site for Enhancing Interdisciplinary Collaboration in
Primary Health Care (EICP) Initiative!
exciting new health initiative, the leaders in Canada’s primary health
care system are working together to facilitate more interdisciplinary
collaboration. The EICP Initiative will engage primary health care
providers, governments and Canadians in a national effort to create a
framework for change and innovation in primary health care.
Our objective is to encourage health professionals
to work together in the most effective and efficient way to produce the
best health outcomes for patients and for providers. We have an
ambitious research agenda designed to gain new insights into successful
primary care models in both urban and rural settings. We also plan to
develop practical tools to encourage inter-disciplinary collaboration,
and a supportive policy and regulatory environment. In the end, the
Initiative will deliver a set of guiding principles and a framework for
collaboration that will inspire health care providers and governments to
ensure that Canadians have access to the right professional and the
right services, at the right time.
A Steering Committee comprised of physicians,
nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, speech-language pathologists,
audiologists, dietitians, psychologists, pharmacists, occupational
therapists and a national coalition on preventative practices will
provide leadership and direction to the Initiative.
The EICP Initiative is funded by Health Canada’s
Primary Health Care Transition Fund.
Our work will be of interest to health services
providers, policy-makers and, of course, all Canadians. Come find out
how we plan to make a difference!
“Primary health care involves
responding to illness within the broader determinants of health. It
also includes co-ordinating, integrating and expanding systems and
services to provide more population health, sickness prevention and
health promotion by all disciplines. It encourages the best use of
all health providers to maximize the potential of all health
resources.” — Adapted from: A. Mable and J. Marriott, “Sharing the
learning — The health transition fund synthesis series: Primary
health care,” (Ottawa: Health Canada, 2002).
Funding for this Initiative was provided by
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this web are those of the authors/researchers and do not necessarily
reflect the official views of Health Canada.