Virtual care in Ontario community health centres: a cross-sectional study to understand changes in care delivery

Abstract

Background

There has been a large-scale adoption of virtual delivery of primary care as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aim

In this descriptive study, an equity lens is used to explore the impact of transitioning to greater use of virtual care in community health centres (CHCs) across Ontario, Canada.

Design & setting

A cross-sectional survey was administered and electronic medical record (EMR) data were extracted from 36 CHCs.

Using the quadruple aim to understand the impact of virtual delivery of care within Ontario community health centres: a qualitative study

Background

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and introduction of various restrictions resulted in drastic changes to 'traditional' primary healthcare service delivery modalities.

Aim

To understand the impact of virtual care on healthcare system performance within the context of Ontario community health centres (CHCs).

Design & setting

Thematic analysis of qualitative interviews with 36 providers and 31 patients.

Using Self-Determination theory to understand the social prescribing process: a qualitative study

Abstract

Background: Social prescribing assists patients to engage insocial activities and connect to community supports as part of a holistic approach to primary care. Rx: Community was a social prescribing project, implemented within 11 community health centres situated across Ontario, Canada.

Aims: To explore how social prescribing as a process facilitates positive outcomes for patients.