Organizing primary care for an integrated system

Healthc Pap. 1999 Winter;1(1):5-21. doi: 10.12927/hcpap.1999.17444.


During the past decade, many changes have occurred in the Canadian healthcare delivery system but few, if any, of these changes have specifically addressed the role of the family physician. This paper proposes a number of changes to the infrastructure that supports the role of family physicians, including family physician accountability for delivering twenty-four-hour, seven-days-per-week services to a defined population of patients. The infrastructure needed to support family physicians as the coordinators of care across the continuum of healthcare services includes family-medicine group practices or practice networks linked by electronic networks. Family medicine is the key to health-system integration. Systems to integrate family medicine with other primary healthcare providers and with secondary- and tertiary-care systems are proposed, as well as quality-improvement systems for family medicine.

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated / organization & administration*
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration*