Understanding primary care 

The Models and Access Atlas of Primary Care (MAAP) studies address knowledge gaps on how primary care practices are structured in Atlantic Canada, what accessibility and comprehensiveness are like for patients, and the impact on patient care outcomes. These findings are necessary for evidence-based policy development and evaluation.

The vast majority of health care in Canada is community based primary health care (CBPHC) provided by family physicians (FP) and nurse practitioners (NP).With an aging population and increasing multi-morbidity, CBPHC is expected to provide timely comprehensive care. Identifying gaps and opportunities for innovations (e.g., collaborative care models) and studying their impacts are key to achieving the ‘triple aim’ of:

  • Improved patient experience
  • Quality of life and population health
  • Reducing care costs