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Equity of access to primary healthcare for vulnerable populations: the IMPACT international online survey of innovations

Lauralie Richard, John Furler, Konstancja Densley, Jeannie Haggerty, Grant Russell, Jean-Frederic Levesque, Jane Gunn



BACKGROUND: Improving access to primary healthcare (PHC) for vulnerable populations is important for achieving health equity, yet this remains challenging. Evidence of effective interventions is rather limited and fragmented. We need to identify innovative ways to improve access to PHC for vulnerable populations, and to clarify which elements of health systems, organisations or services (supply-side dimensions of access) and abilities of patients or populations (demand-side dimensions of access) need to be strengthened to achieve transformative change. The work reported here was conducted as part of IMPACT (Innovative Models Promoting Access-to-Care Transformation), a 5-year Canadian-Austral..

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Awarded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research Signature Initiative in Community-Based Primary Health Care

Funding Acknowledgements

In addition to the authors listed, the IMPACT study acknowledges the commitment provided by the entire research team and partnering communities of practice in Canada and Australia. A special thank you to Ben Harris-Roxas for his advice on the development of the social media campaign and to Sarah Descoteaux for her work with the survey logo and background designs and comments on draft versions of the paper. We also wish to thank Kathryn Steel for her work in designing Figures and Graphs for this paper, and Mylaine Breton for reviewing French survey responses at a preliminary stage of analysis. IMPACT-Improving Models Promoting Access-to-Care Transformation program is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (TTF-130729) Signature Initiative in Community-Based Primary Health Care, the Fonds de recherche du Quebec-Sante, and the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, which is supported by a grant from the Australian Government Department of Health, under the Primary Health Care Research, Evaluation and Development Strategy. The information and opinions contained in this paper do not necessarily reflect the views or policy of these funding agencies.