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Pemberton Valley oncology project seeks to improve continuity of care for cancer patients

Despite its impressive beauty, the Sea-to-Sky region is not a paradise for all. The region’s limited health care services, especially when it comes to cancer patients, leave a lot to be desired. But the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice is hoping they can change that. Following her work in providing oncology services in …

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Burnaby Division explores screening for cancer, metabolic conditions for unattached patients

Few things are as difficult to hear as a cancer diagnosis. But hearing that it could’ve been caught earlier with proper testing can be far worse. This is exactly what physicians out of Burnaby are hoping to prevent. The Improving Access to Screening for Early Detection of Metabolic Conditions and Cancers for Unattached Patients project is currently …

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SSC Leader role expands to include support for Shared Care

Since 2015, the Specialist Services Committee (SSC) has supported staff members working within each health authority (HA) to support SSC initiatives. While the specific work undertaken within each HA differs, support may link to the work of Physician Quality Improvement, Spreading Quality Improvement, Health System Redesign, Physician Leadership initiatives, Facilities Engagement, and others. Now, the …

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Cranbrook and Kimberley’s push for improved pregnancy care

Thanks to a collaboration between the East Kootenay Division of Family Practice, Shared Care, and East Kootenay physicians, expectant parents in Cranbrook and Kimberley will benefit from improved access to comprehensive pregnancy care at Encompass Pregnancy Care Cranbrook (EPCC) EPCC, which was created in response to the community’s needs, offers an innovative approach to team-based care. Encompass …

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Burnaby Division develops new pathways for mental health care

As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, mental health care heads into what is arguably its most challenging season. But education on community resources and a more collaborative approach to care can make all the difference, at least according to the Burnaby Division of Family Practice. Their Shared Care project, “Supporting a Patient-Centered …

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2023 Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Community of Practice 8th Annual Gathering: Summary Report

OVERVIEW On September 14, over 100 family physicians, specialists, health care providers, Ministry staff, and Doctors of BC staff came together at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver for an annual gathering focused on improving the quality of care for children and youth facing mental health and substance use issues. PRESENTATIONS See below for a …

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We’re in a mental health crisis. So why do seats in our new publicly-funded support groups across BC remain empty?

By Dr Joanna CheekAs originally posted in The Georgia Straight Despite an escalating mental health crisis, many seats remain empty in new doctor-run mental health groups across the province. In a time of such scarcity of access to mental health treatments, our team of family doctors and psychiatrists came together to bridge the gaping hole …

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2023 Shared Care Physician and Project Leads Workshop: summary report

OVERVIEW On May 8 & 9, Shared Care members, Doctors of BC staff, dozens of physician leads, and project managers from across the province met in Victoria, BC for the 2023 Shared Care Physician and Project Leads Workshop. The group discussed Shared Care, heard from successful projects, networked with fellow colleagues, and discussed the future …

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