A non-profit, independent organization with a mandate to create evidence in support of innovation in health and health care
Providing high quality primary care is essential to the well-being of British Columbians. Providing that care has become increasingly challenging for our family physicians. IHSTS held a series of focus groups and individual interviews with family physicians to address the question: "How might we understand the professional and personal needs and interests of family physicians, meet those needs, and at the same time, provide high quality primary care for residents of BC?"
BC’s health care system is characterized by constant change. While there is a considerable research evidence to inform change processes, IHSTS is interested in learning how change actually occurs in our health care organizations, through the experiences of those charged with facilitating change as well as those adapting to change. Through a series of case studies, we hope learn how to make change happen more successfully.
Providers, managers and patients of primary care services need high quality measures to understand and improve the provision of care. The project team has convened an invitational workshop to begin the development of a framework for such measures, incorporating appropriate population groups and domains of quality and performance. This work is a step toward creating a learning system for primary care in BC.