What We're Reading.  

Our unique values and vision for health care are informed by our personal experience...but the way that we think primary care should be delivered is well-researched.  Here are some of the most important resources that have inspired us;


A 2020 Vision of Patient-Centered Primary Care

J Gen Intern Med. Oct 2005; 20(10): 953–957.




A Policy Paper by BC’s Physicians October 2005

Doctors of BC website:


The Secret Language of Doctors

Dr. Brian Goldman, 2012


Healthcare Teamwork:  Interdisciplinary Practice and Teaching

Theresa Drinka, 2000


Toward a Primary Care Strategy for Canada:  Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

December 2012

Monica Aggarwal Brian Hutchison


MEDICAL PROFESSIONALISM IN BRITISH COLUMBIAWorking Together: An Exploration of Relationships in Medicine   A Policy Paper by BC’s Physicians September 2013


Optimizing Scopes of Practice:  New Modelsof Care For a New Health Care System

Report of the Expert Panel appointed by the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences:

Nelson S, Turnbull J, Bainbridge L, Caulfield T, Hudon G, Kendel D, Mowat D, Nasmith L, Postl B, Shamian J, Sketris I. (2014)


Patient-centred primary care in Canada. Bring it on home. Discussion Paper.

2009 Oct   College of Family Physicians of Canada


Stepping Stones to Collaborative Practice Assembly June 18, 2010

Final Report.  College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia


Report on Digital Health:   Canadians embracing digital health

Canada Health Infoway


Cost-effectiveness of nurse practitioners in primary and specialised ambulatory care: systematic review

BMJ Open 2015;5:e007167 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-007167


CHSRF Synthesis: Interprofessional Collaboration and Quality Primary Healthcare

Juanita Barrett (Ideal Health Solutions Inc.) Dr. Vernon Curran, Lindsay Glynn, Dr. Marshall Godwin.  December 2007

Putting Patients First®: Patient-Centred Collaborative Care. A Discussion PaperCanadian Medical Association.  JULY 2007


Improving Primary Health Care Through Collaboration:

Briefing 1—Current Knowledge About Interprofessional Teams in Canada

The Conference Board of Canada, 30 pages, October 31, 2012


Improving Primary Health Care Through Collaboration

Briefing 2—Barriers to Successful Interprofessional Teams

Conference Board of Canada Briefing. October 2012


Improving Primary Health Care Through Collaboration

Briefing 3—Measuring the Missed Opportunity

Conference Board of Canada Briefing. October 2012


GPSC Literature Review

What are the characteristics of an effective primary health care system for the future?

Question 1: What are innovative and collaborative primary care models worldwide?

Question 2:  How do we best implement team-based care and the patient medical home?

Question 5: What will full service family practice look like in the future?

Question 6: Should we customize primary care for specific sub‐ populations?

Question 8: What are the essential support structures and enablers for delivering effective primary care?

All available on the GPSC website:  www.gpscbc.ca


Healthcare Priorities In Canada: A Backgrounder


Jennifer Verma, Senior Director, Collaborationfor Innovation and Improvement, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI)

Stephen Petersen, ConsultantStephen Samis, Vice-President, Programs, CFHI Nurdin Akunov, Improvement Analyst, Collaboration

for Innovation and Improvement, CFHI Jeffrey Graham, Former Intern, CFHI

April 2014


Developing Inter-organizational Networks to Improve Community- based Primary Health Care

Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability November 26, 2013


Measuring quality in the therapeutic relationship: Discussion paper  

Trisha Greenhalgh Iona Heath

The King’s Fund, 2010


Strengthening Primary Health Care through Primary Care and Public Health Collaboration Final

Ruta Valaitis,  December 2012Canadian Foundaton for Healthcare Improvement


Guide to Interdisciplinary Team Roles and Responsibilities

July 4, 2005

Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Ontario