Improvement Conversation: Intensive physician engagement in New Brunswick eConsult rollout accelerates access to specialist advice

Wait times for specialist care are a challenge in many parts of Canada. In the 2016 Commonwealth Fund Survey, Canada placed last on a measure of specialist access among the 11 countries surveyed, with 56% of Canadians reporting waiting four weeks or longer to see a specialist.

Through Connected Medicine: Enhancing Primary Access to Specialist Consult collaboration, teams have been spreading remote consult models to healthcare teams across Canada to help improve wait times and access to specialist advice.

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