June 22, 2016 – A Health Quality Ontario report entitled Connecting the Dots for Patients looks at family doctors’ views on coordinating care for their patients with home care, community services, hospitals and specialists in Ontario.
The report, based on the 2015 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Doctors, finds that Ontario has one of the lowest reported percentages of family doctors communicating with home care and community services when compared to family doctors in other parts of Canada as well as those in Australia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States
Improving the coordination, communication and connections between primary care and community mental health and addictions service providers is a priority for Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO), who is a participant in the primary care working group of the Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Council (MHALAC).
HQO is also seeking proposals for projects focused on improving the integration of care across care settings, in particular for persons affected by mental health and/or addictions.
Access the HQO report here, and the ARTIC call for proposals (deadline July 4) here.