This project set out to develop, implement, and evaluate a primary health care model for rural areas that would incorporate community development principles. It hoped to provide Elnora area residents with affordable, accessible, effective and acceptable health care services through the introduction of a nurse practitioner (NP) at the rural health centre. The NP provided extended nursing practices such as prescribing medication, suturing, physical examinations, and ordering and interpreting lab work. The NP also maintained basic emergency supplies, equipment, and related drugs. On the whole, the project concentrated on “health care services” rather than on factors contributing to health. However, the services of the NP were used and accepted, and people had no trouble differentiating between an illness or injury that needed a physician’s attention and one that could be seen by an NP. In addition, they had increased confidence in emergency response management.
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/David%20_Thompson/Elnora/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.