Since my last post on this subject (click here), there have been some developments in the ongoing effort to show the benefits of multidisciplinary primary care of frailty at home.
First, our friend and colleague Dr. Ted Rosenberg in Victoria has completed a very well-designed observational study of his excellent home-care practice in that city. Bottom line: better and cheaper care. I will provide reference to the details of his study as they become available shortly.
I’m also fortunate to be part of a small group of physicians pursuing funding for another study of our HomeVIVE program in Vancouver which we believe will support the idea that we both better serve our patients, and save money, when we gather experienced motivated professionals together and provide comprehensive primary care at home.
Finally, we in BC have had conversations with colleagues in Toronto, and we are hoping to launch a bigger multi-center study that will examine the same outcomes (quality of care and cost) in various places across Canada.
All of us doing this work find that our practice experience, and both clinical and financial common sense, convince us of the value of the care model we practice. But research of the type I’m talking about here will go a long way toward winning the battle to divert public funding from hospitals, nursing homes, and preventive drugs to sensible humane hands-on primary care.