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