Navigating primary health care: LGBTQ+ patients
The best way to improve your health is by taking a proactive approach – at home, this means you are getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, managing stress and maintaining a healthy diet.
But there are other ways to take action to stay well. Periodic medical checkups help you manage chronic health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, get proper screening for cancer and other diseases and find mental and physical health supports and resources.
Recently, a Calgary clinic’s proactive, collaborative efforts resulted in a potentially life-saving situation. The clinic’s story follows, although names have been removed for confidentiality.
A family doctor in Calgary – and a member of Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network – noticed many patients hadn’t visited for regular examinations since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The physician was concerned, particularly for their more vulnerable patients and those with chronic conditions — patients who should have come in for routine screenings, medication reviews and refills.
The clinic team then coordinated an outreach process to connect and schedule physical exams with each patient.
In one case, the team noticed a patient hadn’t come in to see their family physician in three years and contacted them to schedule an appointment. At the exam, the physician noticed alarming indicators and recommended an urgent mammogram – an X-ray that looks for breast cancer – to the patient.
This screening appointment may have interrupted a life-altering event.
This good news story describes something anyone can do to take a proactive and preventative approach to their health care.
Calgary Foothills PCN’s health team can also help you take a proactive approach – the team is offered as an extension of the care you receive from your family doctor. You can book an appointment with a mental health specialist, registered dietitian, community social worker, pharmacist or nurse. Learn more about the PCN’s health team and find out how to book an appointment.
The PCN also offers free group workshops on topics such as anxiety, happiness, healthy eating, irritable-bowl syndrome, diabetes and more. It’s fast and easy to sign up for the free workshops, which are available in person and online – you don’t need a referral from your doctor.