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Rehab in Primary Care Study

Primary health care is changing across Canada. The idea behind the changes is that people should receive the care that they need at the front line.

Rehabilitation has been identified as one type of service that should be offered in primary care, to address the needs of adults who have or are at risk of poor health from chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart disease and depression. The Rehabilitation in Primary Care Study ran from July 2004 to July 2006. The purpose of the study was to determine whether persons with a chronic illness receiving care in a primary care setting show improved health as a result of rehabilitation compared with adults in the primary care setting who do not receive rehabilitation. We were also interested in whether or not rehabilitation services can help to reduce hospital admissions and emergency room visits.

Two full time therapists (one physiotherapist and one occupational therapist) offered rehabilitation to a sample of 150 adults with chronic illness over an 18 month period (150 people were also enrolled in a control group) at Stonechurch Family Health Centre, Hamilton, Ontario Canada. Key outcomes included health, functional status, self-efficacy, self-management behaviours, hospital admissions and emergency room visits.

This web page was created as a resource to project participants to provide information related to living with chronic conditions. Feedback about the website suggested that continuation of the website would be beneficial to the larger community. A number of topics with links to web sites and resources are included. We hope that this material is helpful to you.

Project Leaders included faculty and clinicians from McMaster University and Stonechurch Family Health Centre. They are:

Project Leaders included faculty and clinicians from McMaster University and Stonechurch Family Health Centre. They are:

Funded by: Primary Health Care Transition Fund, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

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