With a 40% increase in cancer diagnoses in Canada projected by 2030, BC Cancer is working to provide significantly more support to family physicians beginning with plans to better integrate primary care into the cancer care continuum. This began with the 2017 establishment of the Provincial Primary Care Program - the expansion and evolution of the Family Practice Oncology Network.
To inform the development of this more comprehensive program, the Network conducted a province-wide needs assessment with UBC's Division of Continuing Professional Development. The assessment aimed to determine the current and unmet needs of family physicians providing care for patients throughout the continuum of cancer care.
Completed in September 2018, the assessment included key interviews, a comprehensive survey, and five focus groups. Each phase collected information pertaining to the core issues surrounding the current and future provision of cancer care and the most effective role that family physicians can play.
The results of this assessment, together with further strategic discussions, will guide the vision and focus of the Provincial Primary Care Program, and inform BC Cancer's relationship with primary care.
Primary Care Needs Assessment Executive Summary, Sept 2018
Primary Care Needs Assessment Final Report, Sept 2018 (full report)
Building Bridges, Strengthening Care: Summary of Strategic Discussions, Oct 19, 2018
Summary Poster, Nov 2018