Physician Assistants as Chronic Care Coordinators - An Interdisciplinary Patient Centered Approach to Managing Diabetes

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Nicolas Santi


With an aging population and an increasing number of people living with chronic disease, Canada’s primary care system is in need of change. Healthcare must better incorporate prevention and patient education in the battle against chronic disease. This article explores
the growing role of Physician Assistants (PAs) in enhancing access to appropriate care for the chronically ill, using an example of a PA working as part of a family physician practice in Northern Ontario to improve the care of its diabetic patients.


Avec une population vieillissante et un nombre croissant de personnes vivant avec une maladie chronique, le système de soins primaires canadien est en besoin de changement. Les soins de santé doivent mieux intégrer la prévention et l’éducation des patients dans la lutte contre les maladies chroniques. Cet article explore le rôle croissant des adjoints au médecin (AM) dans l’amélioration de l’accès aux soins appropriés pour les patients vivants avec des malades chroniques. Ceci sera illustré par le biais d’un exemple d’un AM travaillant dans une pratique de médecine familiale au Nord de l’Ontario pour améliorer les soins de ses patients diabétiques.

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