primary care

Improving chronic disease management

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on May 16, 2013 - 12:05

Providing better care for patients with chronic disease requires well-connected networks, each consisting of a primary care provider, specialists, and hospitals. Ideally, the combination of good care and good communication between a family doctor and specialists will reduce re-hospitalizations and improve patients’ well-being, while reducing the costs to an overburdened health care system facing ever more chronically ill patients with long-term, complex care needs.

Media release: Multispecialty physician networks in Ontario

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on May 15, 2013 - 13:20

The authors of the present study assessed the extent to which informal, existing multispecialty physician networks in Ontario could be identified. The idea was to use available health administrative data to exploit natural linkages among patients, physicians, and hospitals based on existing patient flow—that is, on where patients naturally go when they require health care.