Enhancing patient care through quality improvement

September 24, 2018

(September 24, 2018, Mississauga, ON) Family doctors looking to enhance front-line care in their practices will get a boost of support over the next two days. The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is pleased to co-host the Invitational Canadian Family Medicine Quality Improvement Symposium with partners Health Quality Ontario, the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI), and Réseau-1 Québec (R1Q). The symposium brings together educators, clinicians, policy-makers, representatives from government, CFPC provincial Chapters, patients, and other Canadian and international stakeholders.  

Quality improvement (QI) involves identifying areas in a family practice that can be improved and then working as a team to make incremental changes over time. These changes may include improved access to care, safety, and efficiency as well as more positive experiences for patients and their health care providers.

"Advancing our commitment to QI is important to the future of family medicine," says CFPC Executive Director and CEO Francine Lemire, MD CM, CCFP, FCFP, CAE. "Along with our co-hosts, we’re pleased to help lead today’s conversation to share QI best practices, identify opportunities for related partnerships, and discuss opportunities to support family physicians and residents in learning about the benefits of incorporating QI into their practices." 

Having primary health care providers use QI and data at the front lines of care and working closely with patients and other members of the team, improves the experience for everyone involved, adds José Pereira, MBChB, CCFP (PC), MSc, FCPC, the CFPC’s Director, Research. "We want to make QI resources available to help family physicians and residents and the teams they work with. This symposium brings together valued expertise of Canadian and international experts to find ways to better support this important area of everyday practice."  

"We are very pleased to be part of this national symposium—to connect with and learn from others in the QI community and share our knowledge and programs, such as our MyPractice reports, with people from across the country," says Health Quality Ontario CEO Joshua Tepper, MD, MPH, MBA. "Given the key role family physicians play in our health care system, it’s a priority for us to help develop a QI culture in family practices. This symposium represents a great opportunity to learn how to support those at the front lines of primary care." 

"Through this symposium and our improvement programs CFHI is pleased to work shoulder-to-shoulder with family physicians to achieve better health and care for all Canadians. In partnership with the CFPC, we are already enhancing primary care access to specialist consultations by spreading remote consult solutions and we look forward to further supporting family physician leadership in improvement" says CFHI President and CEO, Jennifer Zelmer.

"Building capacity for a learning health care system, and improving the quality of care, are both core goals of QI and practice-based research activities. We look forward to sharing our ways of working collaboratively in these areas in Quebec, and learning about what’s happening across the country," says Yves Couturier, Scientific Director of R1Q.

As further information is available about the Practice Improvement Initiative, outcomes will be posted to www.cfpc.ca/pii.

About the College of Family Physicians of Canada

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is the professional organization that represents more than 37,000 members across the country. The College establishes the standards for and accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools. It reviews and certifies continuing professional development programs and materials that enable family physicians to meet certification and licensing requirements. The CFPC provides high-quality services, supports family medicine teaching and research, and advocates on behalf of family physicians and the specialty of family medicine.

About Health Quality Ontario

Health Quality Ontario is the provincial lead on the quality of health care, providing advice and support across the health system and to government on how to make health care better for the people of Ontario.Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

Health Quality Ontario is the provincial lead on the quality of health care, providing advice and support across the health system and to government on how to make health care better for the people of Ontario.

The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement identifies proven innovations and accelerates their spread across Canada, improving patient care, the health of Canadians and value-for-money. CFHI is a not-for-profit organization funded by Health Canada. Visit cfhi-fcass.ca for more information.

Réseau-1 Québec 

Réseau-1 Québec is a provincial network of four practice-based research networks in primary care, which federates over 50 family medicine teaching units, as well as a few private primary care clinics and emergency units. 

Jayne Johnston
Director, Communications
College of Family Physicians of Canada
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905-629-0900 ext. 303

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