Public Notice of Intent

Primary Health Care

Designation Number: CAN/HSO 34015

Standards notification on a: New Development

Type of Standard: Health Service

Status: Open for comment (15 days)

Responsible Technical Committee: TC009 – Primary Health Care

Project Need: The standard is intended to be used by health service providers, which include regional health authorities, integrated regional health authorities, acute care organizations, primary care networks and stand alone ambulatory care centers providing primary health care, as well as government administrations for quality improvement, inspection, commissioning, accreditation and/or policy-making.

Scope: In response to stakeholder feedback regarding content gaps, the scope will be broadened from primary care to primary health care (PHC) and a clear definition of PHC will be established. The standard revision will aim to make the standard: • Inclusive to be adaptable to various audiences using the standard through assessment manuals, including small organizations and Indigenous health facilities; and • Applicable to various primary care models in Canada and internationally. The revision will address content gaps including: health promotion and disease prevention, chronic disease management, social determinants of health, population health, care coordination, and team-based care. In order to meet the needs of Indigenous clients, specific language and content will be utilized and/or developed. The standard will not cover topic-specific content, such as smoking-cessation or early childhood development, rather, the standard will outline best practices (requirements) that ensure PHC teams are providing services that align with the key features of a high-quality PHC system.

Applicability: Global

Proposed Timeline: April 2020

Posted on: September 15, 2017

Contact Information: Organizations interested to support the development of this standard or wanting to be consulted as a stakeholder during the development process may contact us at Individuals, including patients, providers, health leaders and the members of the public are encouraged to provide comments through stakeholder organizations.


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