Theme 2. Planning programs for equitable access to care
The Patient’s Medical Home (PMH) was a vision developed by family physicians based on the principles of family medicine, evidence – including from Barbara Starfield, and the centrality of the relationship between a patient and their family physician working with a team of inter-professional healthcare providers in primary care. The Patient’s Medical Home (PMH) is an internationally recognized evidence-based vision for transforming primary care. It is a model to organize and deliver care that is: patient-centered, comprehensive, coordinated, based in continuous relationships, equitable and accessible, and is committed to data-driven improvement. Given the devolution of primary care to a region and population-based approach, the presentation will focus on how the Ontario College of Family Physicians is using the PMH to anchor a change management approach that will support practices within communities become Patient Medical Homes in Patient Medical Neighbourhoods. The OCFP established a PMH Advisory Committee with family physicians across all practice models. The presentation will describe the PMH strategy that ensures that no practice or patient is left behind as the PMH is implemented. The OCFP is working on a multi-pronged approach to develop a practical toolkit and undertaking work to develop partnerships, notably with AFHTO, to advocate for resources in primary care to address equity and patient access. Participants will learn about the tools to support PMH implementation in their practices and across communities with their teams and colleagues.
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