This project evaluated the Northeast Edmonton Community Health Centre (NECHC), which operates on primary health care principles. The services available at the centre include family health, child and adolescent health, mental health, women’s health, seniors’ health, lab and diagnostic imaging services, audiology, an asthma care centre, and emergency services. The project proposed an enhanced health care team to integrate services as a way to better serve clients. Over a period of 14 months, an internal evaluation team collected, analyzed, and interpreted data regarding utilization, client needs and services, referrals, emerging issues, and northeast quadrant trends. Researchers concluded that the NECHC’s goals differ fundamentally from those of traditional hospitals, and thus the standards for defining success should reflect the long-term focus of the centre.
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/Capital/NortheastCHC/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.