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Québec’s Emergency Room Overcrowding and Long Wait Times: Don’t Apply “Band-Aids”, Treat the Underlying Disease!
Small Town, Big Picture
A Reflection on Longitudinal Family Medicine
The Role of Nurses in Primary Care Reform: “The Wheel and Hub of Health Care System
Poor primary care access in Quebec: Barriers and solutions to access during an acute episode
Canada Versus the World: The Validity and Usefulness of Ranking Healthcare Systems by Country
Public Consultation: From Reflection to Action Quebec Health Politics and the Student Response
Assessing and Improving Processes and Outcomes of the McGill Primary Health Care Research Network
Primary Care Research: The Real Paradigmatic Plurality
Primary care in Quebec at the crossroads


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Québec’s Emergency Room Overcrowding and Long Wait Times: Don’t Apply “Band-Aids”, Treat the Underlying Disease!
03 November 2017 | Svetlana Puzhko
A report by Québec Health and Welfare commissioner Robert Salois, released on June 2, 2016, stated the obvious: our province has “the worst emergency [department] (ED) wait times in the Western world”.

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Small Town, Big Picture
03 November 2017 | Kevin Gorsky and Tyler Safran
Time moves a bit slower in the countryside. The people are friendly, neighbours look out for one another, and denizens are grateful for the miles that separate them from the high-octane hustle of city life. When a city-slicker tries to integrate into this new world, certain dichotomies quickly become apparent.

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A Reflection on Longitudinal Family Medicine
03 November 2017 | Alyssa Smith, Lucy Shum, Burnett Johnson
During their first year of medical school McGill students take part in the Longitudinal Family Medicine Experience program.

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The Role of Nurses in Primary Care Reform: “The Wheel and Hub of Health Care System
03 November 2017 | Nina Mamishi
The McGill Primary Healthcare Symposium in 2016 highlighted the interdisciplinary accord on the challenges that the Québec primary healthcare system has chronically been facing. It was accentuated that all proposed reform models lacked a focus on the role of nurses, reflecting the solitary medical team dominance.

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Poor primary care access in Quebec: Barriers and solutions to access during an acute episode
03 November 2017 | Claire Godard-Sebillotte, Mélanie Le Berre, Nadia Sourial, Isabelle Vedel
One likely cause of Quebec’s poor primary care access is the practice of annual exams among the healthy population. This practice is widespread in North America; in 2009, annual exams were the second leading cause of medical consultation in Canada and in the United States (3)

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Canada Versus the World: The Validity and Usefulness of Ranking Healthcare Systems by Country
03 November 2017 | Gabriel Cartman
Canada is frequently defined by its healthcare system, which can be seen by Canadians as a source of both pride and frustration. Fans and critics of Canadian healthcare often compare our system to those of other countries in order to emphasize the strengths and weaknesses of our model.

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Public Consultation: From Reflection to Action Quebec Health Politics and the Student Response
03 November 2017 | David Benrimoh
Healthcare is perhaps the place where there is the most direct and intimate contact between the government and the people it serves. It is also a place where the inherent power imbalance between patients who need care and the institutions that provide that care can lead to tension, frustration, and injustice.

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Assessing and Improving Processes and Outcomes of the McGill Primary Health Care Research Network
03 November 2017 | Zhida Shang, Justin Gagnon, Vera Granikov, Rosario Rodiguez, Pierre Pluye
Researcher-clinician partnerships as an approach to improving clinical practice have grown in popularity in recent years. An example of such a collaboration is the McGill Primary Health Care Research Network (hereinafter called the Network).

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Primary Care Research: The Real Paradigmatic Plurality
03 November 2017 | Gillian Bartlett-Esquilant and Charo Rodriguez
For those not in the academic discipline, one of the first questions usually asked is, “What exactly is primary care research?” Of course, the short and relatively easy answer is to talk about what we mean by primary care and how our research supports the quality and delivery of primary health care.

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Primary care in Quebec at the crossroads
03 November 2017 | Howard Bergman
Through all the rapid demographic and epidemiologic changes that have an impact on our healthcare systems, there is one clear global consensus: primary care, and in particular Family Medicine...