Sharing the Press Family Physicians & Specialists working together
New COPD group is breath of fresh air What is Shared Care?
long with 1 in 10 other residents respirologist, ER physicians, nurses, IH of the South Okanagan Similkamanagers, respiratory therapists and meen, Jack Swoboda suffers from educators, a clinical pharmacist, and COPD. Swoboda who is the patient repreOver the past 15 years his condisentative. tion has steadily worsened, landing “I’m excited and privileged to be him in the ER with acute a part of this group,” breathing attacks. says respirologist But it was only reShannon Walker. cently, with the help of “There is tremendous his family doctor, his energy and dedication specialist and educators by all involved.” at the PRH respiratory The group’s program clinic, that Swoboda fully is proactive – aiming understood his condito prevent admission tion, and how to take his and readmission to complex medications. Jack Swoboda, patient advocate the hospital or ER. A long-time member of The group is simplifythe hospitality industry and a coming admission and discharge forms, munity activist, Swoboda wants to including medication prescriptions help other COPD patients learn to for COPD patients. manage their condition. Upon discharge, the group also “This affects a lot of seniors, and wants to see mandatory follow-up they struggle when they get out of phone calls by a respiratory therapist the ER,” he says. “They go home, and within 24 hours, and, if needed, a they might be alone or confused. scheduled home visit within 7 days. They don’t know how to take care of “We’re hoping to do a trial of the themselves. The next thing, they are process soon,” says Walker. “I just back in the ER. That’s not right.” hope we can have an audience that Swoboda is part of a new AECOPD will listen and appreciate the benefit working group, which looks at ways this is to patient care.” to improve care for COPD patients. “We’d be able to help so many The group includes a broad spectrum people,” adds Swoboda. “That’s what of caregivers: family physicians, a this is all about.”
Need more information? Contact us: Terrie Crawford Executive Lead SOS Divison of Family Practice tel: 778 476 5628 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy St. Claire Project Lead Shared Care Initiatives tel: 778 476 5694 email: email@example.com
Shared Care initiatives connect family physicians and specialists with other health care providers and patients, and help them find new ways to work collaboratively. Starting in 2010, physicians in the South Okanagan Similkameen were among the first in the province to engage in Shared Care projects. Currently, initiatives focus on improving patient transition from hospital-based care to communitybased care (see COPD story), and referral processes between family and specialist physicians. Projects are funded by the British Columbia Medical Association and the Ministry of Health Shared Care committee.
What is Divisions? The South Okanagan Division of Family Practice is an organization that helps family physicians improve patient care in our community. SOS Divisions is an active leader in creating health care change so that patients receive the best care at the right place, the right time and by the right provider. Among their new initiatives, Divisions is working with Interior Health to help create a new care model for mental health and substance use patients. Divisions is also working with residential care facilities to improve care and reduce visits to the ER. Top of page photo: Dr. Shannon Walker
South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice Shared Care project updates