Strenghtening Multidisciplinary Teams in Coordinated Disease Prevention and Management (AB301-11)
Recipient: Calgary Health Region
This project brought together community-based health care practitioners in order to better prevent and treat two chronic health conditions: diabetes and osteoarthritis. The project had two phases. Phase one developed disease care plans based on evidence-based clinical guidelines by linking multidisciplinary groups via the Internet. Phase two implemented these care plans in six primary health practices. The study found that on-line information tools were most useful in exposing the roots of disagreement among team members. Members preferred face-to-face sessions for building consensus and reviewing care plans. Although on-line activities complemented workshop-based activities, it could not replace them; time and geographic restraints were challenges to this collaborative arrangement.
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/Calgary/MultidisciplinaryTeams/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.