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Our Work

Shared Care initiatives have demonstrated positive results in improving the coordination of care between GPs, specialists, and other health professionals, in a variety of different ways. See below for a list of Shared Care’s current initiatives and who is participating:


When the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (CYMHSU) Collaborative wrapped up in December 2017, a group of physicians established a CYMHSU Community of Practice. Their goal is to continue to work together to champion care, and to support improvements in mental health and substance use services for children and youth. More than 200 physicians are now involved.

Coordinating Complex Care for older adults Initiative

The Coordinated Seniors Care Initiative supports communities to improve coordination of care for older adults with complex medical conditions, as they move between providers and care settings. This initiative supports a collaborative approach anchored in the patient’s medical home, which includes specialists, primary care providers, and patients, families and caregivers. 

Partners in Care/Transitions in Care

The Partners in Care (PiC) and Transitions in Care (TiC) program supports GP/specialist-led improvement projects focused on local, regional and, in some cases, provincial issues. The projects encourage engagement, exploration of root issues, and stakeholder collaboration to improve the flow of care between providers and care settings. You can take a look at all the community projects by region here.

Physician Leadership Training

Offers financial support with tuition, travel and accommodation for family physicians for leadership and quality improvement training through accredited training organizations. 

Polypharmacy Risk Reduction

Supports GPs, specialists, pharmacists, and other health care providers to reduce risk of multiple medications for seniors and the frail, that may impact their safety and quality of life.

Rapid Access to Consultative Expertise (RACE)

Increasing access to specialist advice for primary care providers through the RACE telephone line, mobine app and secure messaging. 

Spread Networks

Supporting the spread of successful work in building networks that will link communities interested in improving care for specific priority populations.   

The goal is to create opportunities for good work to spread efficiently, and to make it easier for successful models to be adapted to local needs.  To date, spread networks have been initiated for:


Utilizes a secure web-based platform to provide electronic access to dermatology consultation for primary care providers – reducing long wait times and the burden of travel for dermatology care.