Planning and dialogue continues to advance SCI primary care agenda

June 29, 2017 | Posted in SCI

Following the successful Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation sponsored Primary Care Summit in November 2016 a small team has continued to further develop action plans to address the six strategic priorities identified to advance research, care and innovation in primary care for people with spinal cord injury (SCI).

The findings from the November Summit were shared at a March 31 meeting facilitated by ONF with representatives from the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC). The discussion centred on four specific areas:

  1. Access to a primary care doctor who, in turn, has access to a doctor who understands SCI and can provide reliable support and the tools needed to provide appropriate healthcare.
  2. Access to a physiatrist linked with one of the five dedicated academic SCI rehabilitation centres in Ontario.
  3. Access to a multi-professional team, which may include an attendant, a nurse, an occupational therapist, a physiotherapist, a respiratory therapist, and/or a wheelchair vendor to name a few. 
  4. A connection to SCI Ontario and the support and services they can offer the community.

Informed by the ideas and knowledge shared at the Summit, Centre for Family Medicine (CFFM) is putting together a manual focused on healthcare information about secondary health conditions, treatments and other requirements unique to the care of those with SCI. The manual will support physicians who provide health care to individuals with SCI. A call to action has been issued to physicians, particularly those in family practice, to review and provide input to the contents, format and overall usefulness of the manual.