Improving Primary Health Care Through Collaboration
Briefing 1--Current Knowledge About Interprofessional Teams in Canada
The Conference Board of Canada, 30 pages, October 2012
In this briefing, we provide a general overview of the inter-professional primary care (IPC) team models currently used in Canada. An IPC team is a group of professionals from different disciplines who communicate and work together in a formal arrangement to care for a patient population in a primary care setting. Optimizing IPC teams can help mitigate the economic burden of chronic conditions and comorbidities and improve the sustainability of the health care system. Link to the report.
Briefing 2--Barriers to Successful Interprofessional Teams
This second briefing highlights some of the major barriers to inter-professional collaboration in IPC teams. It specifically looks at those barriers to optimization that can be changed at the individual, practice, and system levels and that are relevant to the Canadian context. Although abundant literature exists on the barriers to IPC team optimization, it remains unclear as to how these barriers can be overcome. Link to the report.
In News coverage: “There is a need for better use of information and communication technology, along with improved monitoring and evaluation, and appropriate funding models. And many barriers could be overcome with improved communication, greater levels of trust and the creation of incentives for individuals to work effectively within teams.” Source: Why are Canada’s interprofessional primary care teams rife with barriers? Canadian Healthcare Network, Oct. 31/12.
Addressing Obesity as a Cancer and Chronic Disease Risk
"This report is an effort to synthesize existing efforts to prioritize and implement healthy public policies aimed to reduce obesity rates and create healthier communities," says Dr. Jon Kerner, senior scientific advisor for Cancer Control and Knowledge Translation at Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. Dr. Kerner also chairs CPAC's primary prevention advisory group. "We're already beginning to see some Pan-Canadian adoption of innovative approaches to knowledge sharing that will improve cancer prevention efforts across Canada." Full report here.
Financial Hardship of Cancer in Canada: A Call for Action
Nine out of ten Canadian families touched by cancer report some form of financial challenge as incomes decline and household costs rise. For some, a cancer diagnosis begins a financial tailspin that pushes ordinary people over the edge resulting in debt, distress, bankruptcy and even a lifetime on social assistance.
The Canadian Cancer Society, in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Action Network (CCAN) undertook a comprehensive review of research on the financial impact of a chronic illness and then completed interviews with health care professionals, frontline workers as well as cancer patients, caregivers and their families to compare the research findings with the Manitoba experience. Link to CCS.
Video synopsis in ENGLISH click here.
Video synopsis in FRENCH click here.
Full report here.
Key informant interviews here.
Literature review here.
Labour Force Re-entry Report
“We are in debt so far that I do not sleep at night and am paralyzed by fear that recurrence or metastases will make us bankrupt.”
Breast cancer patient’s comment, published in Canadian Breast Cancer Network’s 2010 report on the economic impact of breast cancer. Click to go.
Cancer & Work: A
Return to Work reports, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
Programs and Resources to Facilitate Return to Work for People with Cancer or Other Chronic Diseases shares the findings of an environmental scan and follow up interviews. The focus was on existing support services, training programs, and online resources and tools that are designed to facilitate people living with cancer, and other chronic diseases, returning to the workplace.
Return to Work Concerns Faced by People Dealing with Cancer and Caregivers summarizes a literature review and consultations to determine current Canadian information about challenges faced by people dealing with cancer, and their caregivers, when the person with cancer returns to the workplace. Surveys were completed by 410 people diagnosed with cancer and 60 caregivers. Additional focus groups also informed the findings.
Research Related to Workplace Support for Cancer Survivors shares the results of interviews and focus groups with employers and other stakeholders. These explored the perspectives and challenges faced by employers when a staff member’s capacity to work is affected by cancer.