|Year of Publication||2006|
|Authors||Broemeling AM, Watson DE, Black CD, Reid RJ|
|Institution||UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research|
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Because of the key role it plays, primary health care (PHC) has long been the focus of renewal efforts, and has recently benefited from substantial government investment. Yet despite our recognition of the importance of PHC, and despite a long history of provincial and federal reform initiatives and investment, Canada lacks the most basic ability to measure and monitor our PHC system. We know little about how PHC systems are structured across and within Canadian provinces, how PHC services are delivered, and how effective those services are.
As much as we try to improve our PHC system, we won’t be able to determine if it is getting better (or worse) if we don’t measure key aspects of its performance. It is being increasingly recognized that investments in sophisticated new data collection strategies are required to make it possible to measure, monitor and manage PHC.
Researchers at the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research have focused on determining which key aspects of PHC performance could be measured right now, given our existing data capabilities. Measuring the Performance of Primary Health Care looks at how we can better measure key aspects of PHC using data and information that already exist. The report also identifies gaps in the current data landscape that hinder system reporting, and recommends how these gaps might be filled. This new work builds on an earlier CHSPR report—A Results-Based Logic Model for Primary Health Care—that describes PHC as a configuration of linked parts and processes.