Credit Valley Family Health Team
Credit Valley FHT (CVFHT) is one of 200 Family Health Teams across Ontario offering direct access to high-quality multidisciplinary healthcare services. The team was awarded the Bright Lights Award by the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario for advances in health promotion and Chronic Disease Management
Although Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the leading cause of hospitalization of the elderly and a leading cause of death worldwide, it is commonly under-diagnosed in patients with mild to moderate conditions. The result is increased suffering and missed opportunities to ease its impact. The Credit Family Health Team used the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s triple aim — better health, better care, better cost — as its guiding principle in a project to improve its early diagnosis, treatment and care processes for COPD.
- Reduced COPD patients’ visits to the emergency department for acute exacerbation by 50% by June 30, 2013.
- 144 patients out of 650 identified as high priority, and contacted for appointments
- Facilitation of education sessions, and development of managemet plans for patients suffering with COPD,