Social Accountability Working Group

About the SAWG

Social accountability refers to the obligation of family medicine to meet the priority health needs of Canada’s neighbourhoods, communities, regions, and provinces. It goes beyond the direct care family physicians provide to individual patients to working with policy-makers, academic institutions, and communities themselves to translate a vision of a socially accountable health system into evidence-based quality care. For care to be socially accountable, it must be equitably accessible to everyone and responsive to patient, community and population health needs.

As highlighted in Goal 2 of the 2017-2022 Strategic Plan, the CFPC is committed to meeting the evolving health care needs of all communities and advocating for equitable health outcomes for vulnerable groups. The purpose of the Social Accountability Working Group (SAWG) is to advise the CFPC on how it should be involved in social accountability initiatives and to explore the needs, opportunities, and barriers related to social accountability in family medicine and family practice.

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