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Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics

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Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics

Ministry of Health

Nurse practitioner-led clinics are the first of their kind and a made-in-Ontario health care initiative. This is a new way of delivering family health care where nurse practitioners are the lead providers.

Nurse practitioners provide comprehensive, accessible, and coordinated family health care services through nurse practitioner-led clinics to populations with difficulty accessing a family doctor.

These clinics are a collaborative model in which an inter-professional team of health care providers such as registered nurses, registered practical nurses, collaborating family doctors, and others use their complementary knowledge and skills to the benefit of patients.

Nurse practitioner-led clinics deliver:

  • Comprehensive care to patients in the community
  • Holistic care that addresses all needs of each patient
  • Enhanced health promotion
  • Chronic disease and illness management and prevention
  • Care coordination that helps the patients receive the appropriate care
  • Integrated care within the community through established partnerships.

Ontario is creating 25 nurse practitioner-led clinics as part of a plan to increase access to family health care to all Ontarians. These clinics will be in operation by the end of 2012 and are expected to provide care to over 40,000 patients who didn't have a regular family health care provider previously.

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