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The British Columbia Emergency Medicine Network: A Paradigm Shift in a Provincial System of Emergency Care



Abstract

As generalists, emergency practitioners face challenges in providing state-of-the-art care owing to the broad spectrum of practice and the rapid rate of new knowledge generation. Networks have become increasingly prevalent in health care, and it was in this backdrop, and the resulting opportunity to advance evidence-informed emergency care in the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC), that a new “Emergency Medicine Network” (EM Network) was launched in 2017. The EM Network consists of four programs, each led by a physician with expertise and a track record in the domain: (1) Clinical Resources; (2) Innovation; (3) Continuing Professional Development; and (4) Real-time Support. This paper provides an overview of the EM Network, including its background, purpose, programs, anticipated evolution, and impact on the BC health care system.



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The British Columbia Emergency Medicine Network: A Paradigm Shift in a Provincial System of Emergency Care


Author Information

Riyad B. Abu-Laban

Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia

Sharla Drebit Corresponding Author

Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia

Ronald R. Lindstrom

Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia

Chantel Archibald

Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia

Kim Eggers

Patient Voices Network, None

None, Patient Voices Network

Patient Voices Network

Kendall Ho

Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia

Afshin Khazei

Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia

Adam Lund

Deparment of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia

Carolyn MacKinnon

Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia

Ray Markham

Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia

Julian Marsden

Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia

Ed Martin

Patient Voices Network, None

Jim Christenson

Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia


Ethics Statement and Conflict of Interest Disclosures

Human subjects: All authors have confirmed that this study did not involve human participants or tissue. Animal subjects: All authors have confirmed that this study did not involve animal subjects or tissue. Conflicts of interest: In compliance with the ICMJE uniform disclosure form, all authors declare the following: Payment/services info: All authors have declared that no financial support was received from any organization for the submitted work. Financial relationships: Riyad Abu-Laban, Sharla Drebit, Ronald Lindstrom, Chantel Archibald, Afshin Khazei, Adam Lund, Carolyn MacKinnon and Julian Marsden declare(s) personal fees and employment from BC Emergency Medicine Network . Authors listed above receive salary support from the BC Emergency Medicine Network. Other relationships: All authors have declared that there are no other relationships or activities that could appear to have influenced the submitted work.

Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge the essential support of the following EM Network sponsors and partners: BC Ministry of Health; BC Academic Health Science Network; BC SUPPORT (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Unit; Institute for Health System Transformation & Sustainability; Rural Coordination Centre of BC; Doctors of BC Section of Emergency Medicine; UBC Faculty of Medicine; UBC Department of Emergency Medicine; Fraser Health; Interior Health; Island Health; Northern Health; Vancouver Coastal Health; Provincial Health Services Authority; BC Patient Safety & Quality Council; and Patient Voices Network. We also acknowledge the excellent work of Be The Change Group Inc., the company contracted to help develop the EM Network brand and establish our website platform.


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  • Author Information
    Riyad B. Abu-Laban

    Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia

    Sharla Drebit Corresponding Author

    Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia

    Ronald R. Lindstrom

    Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia

    Chantel Archibald

    Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia

    Kim Eggers

    Patient Voices Network, None

    None, Patient Voices Network

    Patient Voices Network

    Kendall Ho

    Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia

    Afshin Khazei

    Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia

    Adam Lund

    Deparment of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia

    Carolyn MacKinnon

    Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia

    Ray Markham

    Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia

    Julian Marsden

    Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia

    Ed Martin

    Patient Voices Network, None

    Jim Christenson

    Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia


    Ethics Statement and Conflict of Interest Disclosures

    Human subjects: All authors have confirmed that this study did not involve human participants or tissue. Animal subjects: All authors have confirmed that this study did not involve animal subjects or tissue. Conflicts of interest: In compliance with the ICMJE uniform disclosure form, all authors declare the following: Payment/services info: All authors have declared that no financial support was received from any organization for the submitted work. Financial relationships: Riyad Abu-Laban, Sharla Drebit, Ronald Lindstrom, Chantel Archibald, Afshin Khazei, Adam Lund, Carolyn MacKinnon and Julian Marsden declare(s) personal fees and employment from BC Emergency Medicine Network . Authors listed above receive salary support from the BC Emergency Medicine Network. Other relationships: All authors have declared that there are no other relationships or activities that could appear to have influenced the submitted work.

    Acknowledgements

    We gratefully acknowledge the essential support of the following EM Network sponsors and partners: BC Ministry of Health; BC Academic Health Science Network; BC SUPPORT (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Unit; Institute for Health System Transformation & Sustainability; Rural Coordination Centre of BC; Doctors of BC Section of Emergency Medicine; UBC Faculty of Medicine; UBC Department of Emergency Medicine; Fraser Health; Interior Health; Island Health; Northern Health; Vancouver Coastal Health; Provincial Health Services Authority; BC Patient Safety & Quality Council; and Patient Voices Network. We also acknowledge the excellent work of Be The Change Group Inc., the company contracted to help develop the EM Network brand and establish our website platform.


    Article Information

    Published: January 04, 2018

    DOI

    10.7759/cureus.2022

    Cite this article as:

    Abu-laban R B, Drebit S, Lindstrom R R, et al. (January 04, 2018) The British Columbia Emergency Medicine Network: A Paradigm Shift in a Provincial System of Emergency Care . Cureus 10(1): e2022. doi:10.7759/cureus.2022

    Publication history

    Received by Cureus: November 23, 2017
    Peer review began: December 01, 2017
    Peer review concluded: December 29, 2017
    Published: January 04, 2018

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    © Copyright 2018
    Abu-Laban et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0., which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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    This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

As generalists, emergency practitioners face challenges in providing state-of-the-art care owing to the broad spectrum of practice and the rapid rate of new knowledge generation. Networks have become increasingly prevalent in health care, and it was in this backdrop, and the resulting opportunity to advance evidence-informed emergency care in the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC), that a new “Emergency Medicine Network” (EM Network) was launched in 2017. The EM Network consists of four programs, each led by a physician with expertise and a track record in the domain: (1) Clinical Resources; (2) Innovation; (3) Continuing Professional Development; and (4) Real-time Support. This paper provides an overview of the EM Network, including its background, purpose, programs, anticipated evolution, and impact on the BC health care system.



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