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What is the mandate of the Enhancing Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Primary Health Care (EICP) Initiative?

The purpose of the Enhancing Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Primary Health Care (EICP) Initiative is to enhance the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of the delivery of primary health care in Canada. The objective, in this first phase, is to develop a set of guiding principles and a framework that will better define the relationship between the client/patient and the practitioners who comprise the primary health care system. This phase will also look at how primary health care interacts with other elements in the broader health system. The goal is not to develop a single model of primary health care, but rather, to create a more comprehensive knowledge base for future action.

 

What are the key deliverables of the EICP Initiative?

Specifically, the EICP Initiative will deliver:

  • A set of principles and a framework that will enhance the prospects and options for more collaborative care in settings across the country;

  • Research about best practices and the state of collaborative care in Canada;

  • Tools to help primary health care providers work together more effectively; and

  • Recommendations that will help the public, provincial/territorial governments, regional health authorities, regulators, private insurers and educators embrace and implement the principles and framework.

 

What are the principles and framework and what difference will they make?

The EICP Initiative will support the transformation of primary health care in Canada through the development of a set of principles and a framework for interdisciplinary collaboration.  The principles and framework will define the relationship between the client/patient and the various health professionals that make up the primary health care system, as well as how primary health care integrates with other elements in the health system. 

The outcome of this Initiative will not be a “delivery model” for primary health care, since the multiplicity of jurisdictions and conditions across the country would make a single “model” unrealistic.  Rather, the principles are intended to guide the future development of the primary health care system. The framework will describe the characteristics of a systemic approach to primary health care and the elements required to support the operation of such a system. The principles and framework will be relevant to various communities across the country: rural, inner city, suburban and remote.

The EICP principles and framework will be clear enough to provide a vision for how the primary health care system should develop, and they will provide direction to various stakeholders about what is needed to support such a system.  They will be relevant to various practice settings across the country, from primary health care organizations, such community health centres, to health professionals working in private practice.

 

What is the Primary Health Care Transition Fund?

Established in September 2000, the $800-million Primary Health Care Transition Fund (PHCTF) supports the efforts of provinces and territories – and other stakeholders – to develop and implement transitional primary health care renewal initiatives. It also enables recipients to address primary health care issues that are common nationally or across two or more jurisdictions in Canada.

The PHCTF has five main objectives which are consistent with the benefits of primary health care: multi-disciplinary approaches; increased access; health promotion and prevention of illness and disease; integrated services; and access to essential services 24/7. Initiatives must meet one or more of these objectives to receive funding. They must also be transitional in nature to ensure that long-term, sustainable change is achieved over the fund’s lifespan. Funding for PHCTF initiatives will continue until the end of March 2006.

 

How Can I Get Involved?

All Canadians have a stake in this dialogue about primary health care transformation.  The active involvement of health professionals working in primary health care will be essential to the success of this national initiative, but input from health care organizations and patients is equally welcome.

  • Get informed! Watch this web site for more information and updates about the work of the EICP team. Sign up for our on-line updates and newsletters, via the EICP web site Guest Book.

  • Get involved! Let us know if you want to participate in EICP consultations, workshop or research.  Watch the web site for on-line surveys, so you can add your experience and perspective to our findings.

 
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