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Can Fam Physician. 2009 Mar;55(3):273-8.

Bridging the gap between primary care and the cancer system: the UPCON Network of CancerCare Manitoba.

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  • 1Department of Family Medicine, University of Manitoba. jeff.sisler@cancercare.mb.ca

Abstract

PROBLEM BEING ADDRESSED:

Patient care is poorly coordinated between family physicians and the cancer system and the working relationships are not strong.

OBJECTIVE OF PROGRAM:

To improve integration of patient care and communication between FPs and cancer specialists; enhance FPs' knowledge of cancer and the cancer system; and promote the role of primary care within the cancer care system.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The Uniting Primary Care and Oncology (UPCON) Network of CancerCare Manitoba has created partnerships with 12 primary care clinics in Winnipeg, Man, by providing the following: access to the provincial electronic medical record for cancer; small group continuing professional development for a "lead physician" from each clinic to make him or her the local cancer resource; educational outreach to all clinic staff; and changes within CancerCare Manitoba to highlight the role of FPs.

CONCLUSION:

Lead physicians are appreciated by their clinic colleagues, and these FPs are the main users of the cancer electronic medical record. A strong cancer continuing professional development program has been implemented and a voice for primary care has been created within the agency. The UPCON Network is now expanding throughout Manitoba.

PMID:
19282538
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID:
PMC2654827
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