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A Family Health Team (FHT) is an innovative approach to heath care, and one that was implemented by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care across Ontario in 2005.
Family Health Teams allow physicians and other allied health providers to work as a team to focus on keeping patients healthy. The vision calls for physicians, nurse practitioners and other members of the team to practice together in a positive working environment, sharing and benefiting from the complementary knowledge and skills of their colleagues.”
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Simply put, an FHT provides an individual with ongoing health care through a comprehensive network of health care providers. This network is comprised of family doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, dietitians, social workers, pharmacists, and health educators, and is created based on local health and community needs. A sample of the health care issues that a FHT manages includes health maintenance, chronic disease management, disease prevention, health promotion, and preventative medicine.
The Advantages Of A Team Approach
An FHT combines the expertise and services of different health care providers with the dedication of providing patient access to both comprehensive health care and quality primary care. These lofty goals create numerous advantages to the patient, some of which include:
Health care access that is closer to an individual’s home
Health care overlap and quality treatment
Extended hours and after-hours care to provide continuity of care
Superior primary health care, chronic disease management and self-help tools to improve daily health
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