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PCMCH Strategies and Initiatives

At the core of individual, organizational and governmental initiatives and activities is Council’s commitment to improve access to care for all Ontarians, regardless of geography.

PCMCH’s health quality and improvement strategies and activities span the maternal/child/youth continuum of care and have a significant impact on the way in which health care is accessed by the public, and delivered, monitored, and evaluated by providers and the system-at-large.

Some of PCMCH’s strategies and initiatives are in the active phases of implementation and evaluation, while others are in the planning stages. Led by subject matter experts from across Ontario, PCMCH’s initiatives and projects are grounded in evidence, experience and a shared goal to improve the delivery and quality of care for mothers, babies, children and youth in Ontario.

ED Clinical Pathways

ED Clinical Pathways

The ED Clinical Pathways work group developed an evidence-based clinical pathway and decision support tools to guide and support the care of children and youth presenting to emergency departments with mental health conditions. It also developed a process to facilitate seamless transition to follow-up services with relevant community agencies.   Work Group Terms of Reference (PDF) Work Group Membership (PDF) Click here to view the abstract of a paper published in the July 2018 issue of Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, regarding this work.

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Infection Prevention and Control

Infection Prevention and Control

Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi. The diseases can be spread from one person to another, directly or indirectly, through fluid exchange or exposure to vectors, or from the environment. Public Health Ontario provides public health and health care partners with information, tools, and resources for the prevention and control of infectious diseases. The original consensus-based policy was developed November 2008 by the Provincial Maternal-Newborn Advisory Committee Infection Prevention and Control Work Group. It has been subsequently reviewed and revised by The Provincial Infectious Disease Advisory Committee (PIDAC) in 2013. The updated document “Best Practices for Infection Prevention and Control in Perinatology” is available online at: Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC) (Knowledge Products).

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Transition to Adult Healthcare Services

Transition to Adult Healthcare Services

The transition to adult healthcare services is a process that begins prior to the actual transfer and does not stop once the transfer has occurred. Youth, their families, paediatric healthcare providers and adult healthcare providers all have an important role to play in the shared responsibility of patient care prior to and following the transfer of care. The goals of planned healthcare transitions are to ensure high-quality, developmentally appropriate, psychologically sound healthcare that is continuous, comprehensive and coordinated, before and throughout the transfer of youth into the adult system. In doing so, youth and their families can learn to advocate effectively for themselves, maintain good health behaviors and use healthcare services to maintain their health and prevent secondary disability.. The Transition to Adult Healthcare Services Work Group was convened in February 2012. Its mandate was to make recommendations to the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health regarding a provincial approach to the transition to adult services for youth with a chronic and/or complex clinical condition including physical, developmental and/or mental health conditions. The recommendations are intended to be generic rather than organization, geography and/or condition specific so that they can be adapted to each patient, patient population, the unique characteristics of an organization and the geographic area. Work Group Terms of Reference (PDF) Work Group Membership (PDF)

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