Specialist input sought: Primary Care Crisis

Dear colleagues,

As part of a South Island MSA Facilities Engagement project, we are conducting an “Interdepartmental Impact Review of the Primary Care Crisis on Specialty Physician Experiences.” The aim of this project is to engage specialist physicians in the shared goal of improving the primary care infrastructure in the South Island.

This project will give specialist physicians an opportunity to voice their experiences in caring for patients who have had inadequate access to primary care. A specialist voice has been missing from the conversation around the primary care crisis. We feel it is important to hear from you and your colleagues as this crisis impacts specialists’ workload and the ability to provide quality care within specialists’ scope of practice.

This engagement work will be qualitative in nature and will involve individual specialist interviews conducted with Frieda, our UBC Faculty of Medicine FLEX student, May 2nd – 27th, 2022. This will be supplemented with narratives collected through a secure online platform where specialists can submit their experiences anonymously if they so choose. The data we collect will allow us to create a report which will outline common narratives and will be presented to stakeholders upon completion. Patient and provider confidentiality will be maintained by redacting any identifying responses. The Medical Staff Association will provide remuneration for specialists’ time to participate in our project through the FE app.

To get involved, please email info@southislandmsa.ca for interview signup details.

Warm regards,

ANNA MASON, MD, CCFP, FCFP FAMILY MEDICINE
ASHLEY JEWETT, MD, FRCPC PSYCHIATRY
FRIEDA HODGINS, MD STUDENT UBC ISLAND MEDICAL PROGRAM


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