Offering Patients a Medical Home – Not a Hallway – and a Stronger Health System
December 20th, 2019
This article examines three family health teams (FHTs) in different Ontario communities that exemplify the features of a Patient’s Medical Home (PMH), a vision developed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. With PMH supports and foundations in place, these FHTs deliver high-quality care enabled by strong PMH functions: accessible, comprehensive, patient- and family-centred continuous care that is responsive to a community’s unique needs. Adhering to PMH principles not only improves patient experience, health outcomes and provider satisfaction but also leads to fewer unnecessary hospital admissions and emergency room visits – system savings and better use of public resources.
The Ontario FHTs featured herein are from decidedly disparate places: northern rural Marathon, small-city Peterborough and Markham in the Greater Toronto Area.
The full article can be found here