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Primary and Community Care

Primary health care includes the basic health care services that people access through primary care providers such as family doctors and nurse practitioners

Primary health care is about:

  • Prevention and health promotion services and supporting people to be well (disease and injury free);
  • Supporting people and families to manage chronic disease, like diabetes or high blood pressure;
  • Supporting people and families to take a more active role in their own care (patient as partner approach);
  • Effective use of the expertise of all health care professionals; and
  • Efficiency and coordination in service delivery.

Person and Family Centred Health Care

Northern Health is committed to working with physicians and the Divisions of Family Practice to implement a model of primary and community health care service delivery that is centred on the person and their family.

This approach involves creating interprofessional teams who work in collaboration with primary care providers to provide a range of health care services. This model of service delivery will increase the quality of care by providing continuity of care over time and across settings and result in better long-term health outcomes.

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