AFHTO 2023 Opening Plenary- Team-based care for all: Patient and Public Perspectives on the future of primary care

Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Time: 9:15 AM to 10:15 AM

Team-based care for all: Patient and Public Perspectives on the future of primary care

In 2022, Dr. Kiran launched OurCare, the largest effort to engage the public on the future of primary care in Canadian history. She will present key findings from the OurCare national survey on patient’s experiences, preferences, and priorities for primary care. She will also share findings from in-depth public dialogues in Ontario, sharing values and recommendations that the public agree on, including views on team-based care and specific perspectives of marginalized groups. She looks forward to engaging the audience in a lively discussion about how the primary care system can better meet the needs of people in Ontario and implications for primary care teams.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To describe patient experiences with primary care in Canada and contrast these with their values, preferences, and priorities for an ideal system.
  2. To discuss recommendations for a better primary care system that were put forward by informed members of the public in Ontario.
  3.  To reflect on how primary care teams can move forward positive systems change.

Dr. Tara Kiran

Tara Kiran is the Fidani Chair or Improvement and Innovation at the University of Toronto. A family doctor and renowned primary care researcher, Tara investigates how changes in the health care system impact patients, particularly the most vulnerable. In her research and practice, she develops and tests solutions to make health care more inclusive and more effective.


Much of Tara’s research has evaluated how primary care reforms have impacted quality of care. She also leads research to directly improve quality of care including initiatives to measure and reduce care disparities, engage patients in health service improvement, and support physicians to learn from data. In 2022, Tara launched OurCare, a national initiative to engage the public in co-creating the blueprint for a stronger, more equitable primary care system in Canada.


She practices family medicine at the St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team and is a Scientist at the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital, an Adjunct Scientist at ICES and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

Tara Kiran smiles at the camera. She is wearing glasses and her curly hair is in a centre part. She has on a dark green top, purple stethoscope and is standing outside, blurred background.

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