Urgences rurales 360° : Mobilisation des professionnels de la santé, des décideurs, des usagers et des citoyens afin d'améliorer les soins et services de santé dans les urgences rurales du Québec

 

Richard Fleet

Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier affilié universitaire Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis (CHAU)

 

Domaine : Services de santé

Programme : Recherches sur l'urgence et le continuum des soins - Volet 1

Concours 2016-2017

Access to quality emergency medical care in a reasonable period and at an acceptable cost to the healthcare system is a primary concern for Canadians. Emergency care is of particular concern in rural areas, where emergency services constitute an essential safety net for six million Canadians. Offering quality emergency and traumatology care in rural areas presents numerous challenges and yet, the issue remains surprisingly understudied. Dr. Fleet and collaborators have been exploring questions related to rural emergency care for the past five years. Dr. Fleet's team has completed several studies demonstrating that access to emergency services in rural areas is limited in comparison to access in urban centres. Furthermore, the lack of services in rural regions results in frequent patient transfers t to university centres; transfers are often over significant distances, with consequent treatment delays and other complications.

Despite the essential nature of emergency care in rural regions, very few adapted standards have been developed to guide policy-makers in organizing care in rural areas. Dr. Fleet and colleagues plan to address this problem by rallying rural clinicians, policy-makers, patients, and citizens to generate and propose creative solutions for improving care. This innovative project provides a unique opportunity for collaboration between interested parties in order to establish an accessible and equitable healthcare system for all Canadian citizens. Hundreds of rural and urban stakeholders will participate in the project via interviews, an expert panel, and knowledge transfer activities. The potential implications of this project are limitless; perhaps the Canadian rural EDs of tomorrow will serve as a model of accessibility, quality, and efficiency!