This pilot project provided residents in three targeted remote communities with a mobile team of health professionals that visited the towns weekly or semi-weekly. The core team consisted of a physician, nurse, pharmacist, laboratory technician, respiratory therapist, and speech language pathologist. A second team provided breast health services, nutritional services, diabetic education, community outreach, and a youth justice resource. The project’s goal was to improve access to primary health care, improve community perception of health care services, and develop links with appropriate agencies. Strong and harmonious relationships were formed among mobile team members and between staff and community members. Residents reported high satisfaction with the services they received and did not confuse the mobile services with other health services. Also, there was significantly increased compliance with prescriptions for medications and flu shots.
The full report for this project is available on the Alberta Health and Wellness web site at http://www.health.gov.ab.ca/system/key/phc/projects/Authority%205/Primary_Care/description.htm
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.