Capacity and Access Measures in Primary Care (CAMP)

Issue and Context

Many people in BC struggle to access primary care in their community. Recent estimates suggest that 1/6 British Columbians do not have access to a family physician. This is problematic, as research shows that access to comprehensive, community-based primary care can improve the health of populations and reduce overall costs to health care systems. Finding access to family doctors has persisted despite more and more family doctors graduating and starting to work in BC.

CAMP (Capacity & Access Measures in Primary care) builds on previous work and will describe why the “family doctor shortage” problem has continued to grow, and if current policy adaptations are effectively addressing the underlying issues.

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Workstream Goals

CAMP uses a combination of publicly available and administrative data, as well as short survey instruments that provide the key elements for an accurate description of how primary care is currently organized, at the clinic level. These data elements are the building blocks for robust measures of:

CAPACITY – how many patients can be seen, by how many providers, in a typical week

ACCESS – how and when do patients receive care

COMPREHENSIVENESS – the “basket of services” that a patient can access at a clinic

Workstream Approach

  1. Refine the CAMP measures to meet current community needs related to Primary Care Network Planning by incorporating local expert, community and academic feedback.
  2. Make the tools available for clinic, community and researcher use.
  3. Study the development and efficacy of the CAMP tools and share with wider academic community in publications and research presentations

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