Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice

Other Links

Visit the links below for more information on rural medicine in BC

BC Guidelines >

Guidance for Primary Care Management of Adult Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 >
New Guidance published by the BC Centre for Disease Control and the BC Ministry of Health

BC Care Bundle for Supporting High-Risk Patients During COVID-19 Pandemic and Influenza Season > 
New Guidance Tool published by the BC Centre for Disease Control and the BC Ministry of Health

BC Guidelines publications from late 2019 and 2020 (revisions and new guidelines):

BCCOP Osteoporosis during COVID-19 >
In order to assist health care professionals in identifying and managing patients with osteoporosis, BCCOP has developed a summary sheet based on the recommendations on  from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), Endocrine Society, European Calcified Tissue Society (ECTS) and National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) to help practitioners adapt to the changes during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Bounce Back >
A resource for practitioners supporting patients living with mild to severe depression and low-mood, with or without anxiety.

Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative (CYMHSU) >
Learn more about the initiative and activities at the local level.

Creating a system of primary & community care in BC >  The GPSC’s vision is a patient medical home for all BC residents that provides the highest quality of care and is seamlessly linked with the broader primary care and health care system.

College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC >
Newly revised Referral-Consultation Process > guideline.

Doctors of BC >
Doctors of BC, formerly known as the BC Medical Association (BCMA), is a voluntary association of 14,000 physicians, residents and medical students in British Columbia.

Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) >
Clinical guidelines, and resources and worksheets for health care practitioners, individuals and families.

Family Physician Guide for Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Early Psychosis, and Substance Use Disorders>
A quick-reference guide for the treatment of mental health challenges, produced by the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.

Joint Position Paper on Rural Surgery >
This joint paper describes the "network model" of health services to fulfill rural residents' surgical needs, and includes policy directions and enabling recommendations.

Ministry of Health BC >
The Ministry of Health has overall responsibility for ensuring that quality, appropriate, cost effective and timely health services are available for all British Columbians. Read more on featured topics and featured services.

MyGuide Concussion >
MyGuide Concussion website provides current best practice knowledge to help adults with concussion manage symptoms, develop skills and confidence to take action in their recovery and feel empowered to get back to their life after a concussion.

Patient Transport and Transfer: Findings From A Realist Review >
The need to move critically ill patients who cannot get the care they need locally is a rural reality. The Division is working with Critical Care Transport, Patient Transfer Network, and Emergency Physician Online Support to improve processes across rural communities and the health authorities that support them. Initial tools have been developed and are already in use in some areas.

Physician Health Program >
Support ​and advocacy for physicians in regards to personal and professional concerns.

People In Pain Network >
A non-profit organization that provides peer-led pain self-management groups.

Poverty Intervention Tool >
Poverty is a risk factor for various negative health outcomes.  ​A guide on how to screen and intervene.

Practice Support Program >
For a more extensive list of mental health tools & resources for health care practitioners, please visit GPSC's Practice Support Program page for Adult Mental Health.

Primary and Community Care in BC: A Strategic Policy Framework >
Rural and Remote's strategies for enhancing the delivery of primary care are informed and supported by the BC Ministry of Health's Policy Paper.

Rapid Access to Consultative Services (RACE) >
Access real-time telephone specialist consultative services.

Rural Coordination Centre of BC > 
A hub of information and services for rural physicians at all stages of practice, RCCbc provides educational opportunities, and supports initiatives and collaborative networks.

Rural Education Action Plan (REAP) >
REAP provides rural health training for physicians and residency opportunities for medical students.

Rural Health Services in BC: A policy Framework to Provide a System of Quality Care >
Rural and Remote's strategies for enhancing the delivery of primary care are informed and supported by the BC Ministry of Health's Policy Paper.

Rural Health Services Network of BC >  
Support for rural health researchers with the goal of sustaining and creating rural research infrastructure.

Teledermatology: ConsultDerm BC Guide >
A how-to guide on using online dermatology consultation services.

Telehealth Guiding Principles >
For the purposes of this document, the following definition is being used for Telehealth/Telemedicine/Virtual Care: Telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health status. Telemedicine includes a growing variety of applications and services using two-way video, email, smart phones, wireless tools and other forms of telecommunications technology." (The American Telemedicine Association).

Transitioning Patients with a Mental Health Disorder >
Is your patient with a mental health disorder ready to transition into adult mental health services?The BC Pediatric Society has developed a set of factsheets and resources to support your transition planning.

Working with the Suicidal Patient: A Guide for Health Care Professionals >
A tool for the assessment and management of patients' suicidality.