- Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are a made-in-Alberta approach to improving access to and better coordinating care for patients across the province.
- In a PCN, a group of family doctors and Alberta Health Services coordinate health services for patients.
- A PCN is a network of doctors and other health providers such as nurses, dietitians and pharmacists working together to provide primary health care to patients.
- Each network has the flexibility to develop programs and to provide services in a way that works locally to meet the specific needs of patients. This is done within the provincial Primary Care Initiative framework.
- This flexibility to develop local solutions to local health issues makes each PCN unique and encourages the PCN team to focus on the needs of the local patient population.
Today Alberta has 31 PCNS operating in communities and areas across the province with another twelve in development. More than 60 per cent of all family doctors in the province are part of PCNs. The goal is to have 75 per cent of all Albertans receiving care from PCN teams by 2011.
For more information go to the Alberta Primary Care Initiative Website.