Primary health care, chronic diseases subjects of dialogues
November 9, 2009 – The McMaster Health Forum has to date convened three successful stakeholder dialogues on pressing healthcare issues at the provincial and national levels.
The first dialogue, held in the spring, brought together representatives of the Health Council of Canada to discuss improving access to primary healthcare in Canada. The evidence brief produced to inform the discussions and the dialogue summary are available on the Forum’s website.
Work on this topic is conducted in partnership with the Health Council of Canada, in two phases. The project aims to improve access to primary healthcare across the country. Phase 1, completed in June 2009, involved producing an evidence brief and convening a stakeholder dialogue. Phase 2 involves a thematic analysis of documented experiences and a series of key informant interviews in each federal, provincial and territorial health system, and a thematic analysis of documented experiences in 19 other high-income countries. A second stakeholder dialogue that builds on the first is scheduled for January.
Two provincial stakeholder dialogues were held this fall.
In October, 15 participants attended a dialogue on strengthening chronic disease management in Ontario. Drawing on a pre-circulated evidence brief, their own knowledge and experiences, and the insights from the deliberations, participants came to several conclusions about the challenges related to supporting people living with chronic conditions. Materials from the dialogue are available on the Forum’s website.
In November, a provincial-level dialogue on optimizing diabetes management in Ontario brought together 13 stakeholders to deliberate about the problem and policy and program options. They also discussed implementation considerations and next steps for different constituencies. Materials from the dialogue will be available later this year on the Forum website.
A national-level dialogue to address improving chronic pain management is planned in December.