In 2018, the Government of British Columbia announced a new primary and community care strategy focused on improving health care delivery and access across the province. The strategy identified the importance of interdisciplinary team-based care in supporting the needs of British Columbians and providing comprehensive care to patients. As part of the strategy, the government announced the provision of new Urgent Primary Care Centres (UPCCs) and expansion of Community Health Centres (CHCs), as well as establishing Primary Care Networks (PCNs) to support a team-based approach to care.
As the strategy is implemented across the province, primary care evaluation has a core role in supporting healthcare improvement through sharing and building on existing knowledge, identifying learning opportunities and informing decision-making.
The evaluation workstream builds on previous ISU work supporting PCN and CHC evaluation planning and the initial development of the Team-based care Evaluation and Adoption Model (TEAM) Framework.
The goal of the workstream is to support communities, the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders with primary care evaluation across British Columbia.
The ISU is working with the Ministry of Health and other key stakeholders to develop and implement a Provincial level PCN Evaluation Plan.
The ISU is working with the BC Association of CHCs and other key stakeholders to co-develop a Provincial CHC Evaluation Model.
The ISU developed the TEAM Framework to support team-based care evaluation, providing provincial consistency while allowing for local adaptability and focusing on both formative evaluation within projects and summative evaluation over time.