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Patient's Medical Home

What i
s the Patient's Medical Home?

The Patient's Medical Home (PMH) is a family practice defined by its patients as the place they feel most comfortable presenting and discussing their personal and family health and medical concerns (CFPC, 2019). In Alberta, this is the family physicians' clinic which includes clinic staff and interdisciplinary healthcare providers, who may be co-located or at another location, in providing for the care needs of a panel of patients.

Becoming a PMH means the family physician and team commit to changing the way the care is delivered in pursuit of continual improvement supported by appropriate funding and infrastructure. The College of Family Physicians of Canada has articulated the principles of the PMH as ten pillars. In Alberta, these same principles are represented as implementation elements adapted from the Safety Net Medical Home Initiative.

Please see the Why PMH and Getting Started page for additional tools and resources to support PMH implementation in Alberta.

Patient's Medical Home Implementation Elements