What Is… the Patient’s Medical Home?
The Patient’s Medical Home (PMH) is a vision presented by the CFPC for the future of family practice in Canada. The goal of this initiative is for every family practice in each community across Canada to be able to offer comprehensive, coordinated, and continuing care to their populations through a family physician working with health care teams. Teams may involve physically or virtually linked nurses, other specialists, and other health care providers depending on the needs of the patient community. The PMH is where patients can present and discuss their personal and family health concerns and receive a full spectrum of care. Relationships between patients and family physicians and other health care workers are developed and strengthened over time, enabling the best possible health outcomes for each person, the practice population, and the community being served.
The PMH reflects and responds to the changing needs of populations in Canada. It also reinforces the physician–patient relationship and the importance of the Four Principles of Family Medicine. The CFPC’s Health Policy and Government Relations department presented the PMH to Members of Parliament in 2011 as a vision for the future of family practice in Canada.
The CFPC will strive to make the PMH a reality in Canada. More details can be found in A Vision for Canada: Family Practice – The Patient’s Medical Home. Both full and abridged versions of this document are available here.