Dialogue Volume 15, Issue 3 2019 - Page 5

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Dear Colleagues: Peeter Poldre, MD College President At the heart of all our conversations was a shared understanding that continuity of care is an essential component of patient- centred care I ’m pleased to report that our Continuity of Care policies were approved by Council at its most recent meeting. I can not overstate the significance of these four inter- related policies – they touch on so many practical, every day clinical matters of importance to both patients and their physi- cians. And their overarching theme of effective communica- tion, collaboration and patient engagement are in complete alignment with the aspirations of Ontario Health teams. We took our time with this policy. It was important that we get it right and strike the right balance. Our work began in 2016. After approving the draft content for an external consul- tation, Council supported the Ontario Medical Association’s request that the consultation pe- riod be extended from the usual two months to six months to al- low for appropriate engagement on this important initiative. Given the significance of en- suring continuity of care in the work that we all do, we needed to look at these expectations, and have others look at these expectations, from every con- ceivable angle. To that end, we undertook many other engagement ac- tivities during this period, in addition to the external consul- tation. We held multiple meet- ing with the Ontario Medical Association to identify areas of agreement and areas of practi- cal concern. At the heart of all our conversations was a shared understanding that continuity of care is an essential component of patient-centred care and is critical to patient safety. And we ISSUE 3, 2019 DIALOGUE 5