Primary health care reform has great potential to improve population health and sustain our health care system. Yet, compared with other developed countries, Canada’s primary health care sector is inadequately supported and organized. This briefing is the first in a series of four that aims to provide an analysis of the impact of inter-professional teams on the Canadian primary health care system.
In this briefing, we provide a general overview of the inter-professional primary care (IPC) team models currently used in Canada. An IPC team is a group of professionals from different disciplines who communicate and work together in a formal arrangement to care for a patient population in a primary care setting. Optimizing IPC teams can help mitigate the economic burden of chronic conditions and comorbidities and improve the sustainability of the health care system.
The briefing content is based on our analysis of publicly available information and our consultations with administrators and government policy analysts.