CFPC Policy Papers

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) produces papers on health care, primary care and family medicine issues and policies.

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Statement on issues related to end of life care. Position Statement.

Family physicians partner with other health care professionals and volunteers to play a significant role in providing end-of-life care in Canada. In this statement, The College of Family Physicians of Canada works within the current Canadian legislative framework and acknowledges that discussion and debate will continue to influence palliative care and other important end-of-life care issues in our society.  


Palliative Care

The CFPC’s Actions on the Recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is dedicated to advocating for improvements in the health care of Indigenous people. Our Indigenous Health Working Group (IHWG) brings together champions in this area who facilitate and contribute to the CFPC’s many efforts to achieve equitable health outcomes.


Aboriginal Health

The CFPC’s Relationship With the Health Care/Pharmaceutical Industry

In 2010 the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) established the Task Force on the CFPC’s Relationship with the Health Care/Pharmaceutical Industry (HPI) to review and make recommendations about the College’s relationship with the HPI.   HPI’s ability to influence the decision making of family physicians with respect to patient care through its relationship with the CFPC makes it important for the College to have clear, well-defined policies and practices to appropriately guide its working relationships with the HPI. The review included all for‐profit entities that develop, produce, market, or distribute drugs, devices, products, services, or therapies that may be prescribed or ordered by doctors for their patients to diagnose, treat, monitor, manage, and alleviate health conditions.    


The evolution of collaborative mental health care in Canada: A shared vision for the future. Position Statement.

A position paper developed by the Canadian Psychiatric Association and the College of Family Physicians of Canada Collaborative Working Group on Shared Mental Health Care and approved by their respective Boards in August 2010.


Mental Health

The role of the family doctor in public health and emergency preparedness. Discussion Paper.

This discussion paper examines the role of family medicine and family doctors in public health, including the part played by family doctors in health promotion, disease prevention, chronic disease management and, in particular, in preparing for and managing public health emergencies. In Canada, family doctors are the main providers of primary medical care and in the event of a public health emergency, are therefore integral to the timely delivery of critical medical services.


Health Care Delivery

The role of the family physician in home care. A discussion paper.

Home care is not new to Canada. What is new is the rapid shift of acute care to the home setting. Increasingly, complex medical interventions are being transferred out of the hospital into the home without adequate consideration of medical management of the patient. In many parts of the country, the family physician has been largely excluded from home care planning and implementation. This is unfortunate as family doctors provide a large proportion of health care services in the community and are an important potential resource to enhance the effectiveness of home care.  


Health Care Delivery

The wait starts here. Final report.

n 2007, The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) established a partnership to explore wait times in primary medical care – the CFPC-CMA Primary Care Wait Time Partnership (PCWTP). The goal of the Partnership is to advocate for timely access to health care for all Canadians.


Health Care Delivery

Timely Access to Appointments in Family Practice: Same-Day/Advanced Access Scheduling

Timely access is rated by patients as one of the most important elements of primary care.1 CFPC’s new paper, Timely Access to Appointments in Family Practice: Same-Day/Advanced Access Scheduling, provides guidance to Canadian family physicians to support timely access in family practice settings. This guide focuses on providing information about same-day/advanced access scheduling, its benefits and limitations, and tips for family physicians on how to implement same-day scheduling in their practices. While this paper is presented for the consideration of those in all types of family practices, strategies for timely access to appointments are a core element of the CFPC’s Patient’s Medical Home.  


Health Care Delivery

Vision Statement on Inter-Professional Care.

 The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) believes that patients must be at the centre of health care. The CFPC has agreed to the following Vision Statement on Interprofessional Care.  


Interprofessional Relations

Wait times. Position Statement.

All Canadians should be given an opportunity to have a family doctor to ensure universal access to medically necessary health care services.  Each province/territory must ensure care is provided for its population within the pan-Canadian wait times benchmarks and targets.  Standardized pan-Canadian criteria defining eligibility of patients to be entered onto wait lists must be developed by an expert panel, including family physicians.


Health Care Delivery

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