Partnerships for Health

Partnerships for Health

October 08, 2010 13:12 ET

Partnerships for Health: Innovative Project Improves Diabetes Care across South West

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2010) - An innovative $8-million health quality improvement initiative has produced encouraging results.

The three-year Partnerships for Health initiative involved more than 70 family physician practices and approximately 6,500 people with diabetes across the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

At the Partnerships for Health Outcomes Congress, participants reported that patients involved in the initiative received more comprehensive, team-based care and more regular screening exams. As a result they saw improvements in health outcomes such as blood pressure and blood lipids, and felt better supported and cared for.

Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care for Ontario, was on hand to address the 300 participants at the Congress. "I think it's wonderful that health providers are coming together to better integrate our health care system to improve the patient experience and quality of patient care for people living with diabetes," she said. "I want to thank participants for all their hard work."

"We're delighted by the results," said South West LHIN CEO Michael Barrett. "This project demonstrates that we can improve care for people with diabetes and other chronic diseases. We have seen that this improvement is the result of commitment, hard work and a willingness to partner and embrace new ideas."

Through Partnerships for Health, family practices formed integrated care teams involving doctors, nurses, CCAC case managers, diabetes educators, pharmacists and others. The teams were encouraged to develop and test new approaches to care. They worked together to coordinate patient care, use technology to track improvements, and support patients to care for themselves.

The Partnerships for Health initiative was funded by the Government of Ontario, and sponsored by the South West LHIN and the South West Community Care Access Centre (CCAC). "This has been a transformative experience for everyone involved," said Sandra Coleman, CEO of the South West CCAC. "Our case managers had an opportunity to work closely with primary care teams to coordinate care and better connect people with the resources they need to manage their health and avoid hospital. This will change chronic disease management across South West, and beyond."

Barrett says that all partners will work to ensure the lessons of Partnerships for Health are sustained and spread throughout the region, improving care for people with diabetes everywhere.

To view the backgrounders included with this release, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/hea108back.pdf

Contact Information

  • For more information about Partnerships for Health:
    Marg McAlister
    519-473-0198 or Cell: 519-670-3947
    or
    For Information about the South West Local Health
    Integration Network:
    Julie White
    Director, Communications and Customer Service
    519-640-2604 or Toll Free: 1-866-294-5446
    or
    For Information about the South West Community Care Access
    Centre:
    Cate Patchett
    Corporate Liaison
    519-641-5482