The Models and Access
Atlas of Primary Care

British Columbia



The Models and Access Atlas of Primary Care-British Columbia (MAAP-BC) addresses knowledge gaps in how primary care practices are structured in BC, what accessibility and comprehensiveness are like for patients, and the impact on patient care outcomes. These findings are necessary for evidence-based policy development and evaluation.

The vast majority of health care in BC is community based primary health care provided by family physicians (FPs). Identifying gaps and opportunities for innovations (e.g., collaborative care models) and studying their impacts are key to providing the best quality primary health care for the citizens of British Columbia. This project builds on the work started in Nova Scotia (MAAP-NS) by Dr. Emily Marshall.

Project Goals

To accurately describe:

Current access to family physicians providing community-based primary care in BC.

Geographic distribution of primary care resources (FPs and Clinics).

Provision of after hours care for community-based primary care clinics.

Practice and provider characteristics of FPs in BC.

And to inform identification of:

Current distribution of health human resources (specifically FPs).

Gaps in primary care provision that could be addressed with new policies.



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We would like to acknowledge the land on which we do this research is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the xʷməkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful to past, present and future generations for their stewardship of this land.

MAAP Study MAAP Study @MaapStudy RT @DrEmilyMarshall: Delighted to be in such good company commenting on future of #PHC @research_dal @burge_fred @BRIC_NS @MaapStudy @DalVP 1 week ago
MAAP Study MAAP Study @MaapStudy RT @LindsayKHedden: Great piece on the implications of the Cambie case and why we should all care about the outcome. 2 weeks ago
MAAP Study MAAP Study @MaapStudy RT @DrEmilyMarshall: More evidence that we can not simply rely on admin data to understand care provision, accessibility, availability, com… 3 weeks ago
MAAP Study MAAP Study @MaapStudy Thank you for supporting people who make this choice. #grateful to you and other providers who support these journe… 3 weeks ago
MAAP Study MAAP Study @MaapStudy RT @DrEmilyMarshall: Interested in #NAPCRG2019 opening plenary by Onil? Come to my oral Monday 11:30am for the family dr perspective on e-c… 3 weeks ago
MAAP Study MAAP Study @MaapStudy RT @DrRitaMc: Why is it so hard to find a family doctor in Vancouver/BC/Canada? Because the job model is stuck in the 1980's. Time to offe… 5 weeks ago
MAAP Study MAAP Study @MaapStudy RT @DrEmilyMarshall: Thanks John McPhee for sharing our research. It’s important to understand challenges in access to family doctors for p… 6 weeks ago
MAAP Study MAAP Study @MaapStudy RT @KimKellyMD: “Zero women applied? They had the same opportunity to apply as everyone else.” Nope. I write about why our #EquityCOI is im… 6 weeks ago
MAAP Study MAAP Study @MaapStudy RT @DrRitaMc: #myFMF The “family doctor shortage” is a source of debate (even in #elxn2019) The @MaapStudy + hav… 6 weeks ago
MAAP Study MAAP Study @MaapStudy nat’l study to gather data from fam docs & PHC practices to better understand access, availability, & comprehensive… 6 weeks ago
MAAP Study MAAP Study @MaapStudy FPs willing to accept were more likely to be female, younger, work in larger practices, & w allied health professio… 6 weeks ago