Equitable Access to Green Spaces

March 2022
Health Promotion & Public Health | Resolution

Doctors of BC supports efforts to increase access to green spaces in British Columbia and recommends that stakeholders at all levels coordinate to ensure green space planning incorporates equity-based considerations, including:

(a) Ensuring that access to green spaces is equitable for all British Columbians, including those living in Indigenous and rural communities, those with disabilities, and lower-income residents.
(b) Ensuring that British Columbians of all identities feel both physically and psychologically safe in using green spaces.
(c) Where possible and appropriate, developing covered, weather-protected areas in green spaces that can be accessed freely and year-round.

Virtual Care

November 2021
Digital Health | Policy Statement
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Doctors of BC Position: Virtual care is the use of electronic means to reduce or replace face-to-face clinical interaction. It includes telemedicine, e-mail communication, and remote patient monitoring. Doctors of BC recommends that doctors have discretion over when to use virtual care, leveraging virtual care technologies to improve patient care, supporting doctors with the necessary resources for virtual care and developing virtual care guidelines.

Caregivers as Partners in the Care of Residents in Long-term Care and Assisted Living

June 2021
Family Caregivers | Resolution

Doctors of BC Position: Doctors of BC, in alignment with Doctors of BC’s 2016 policy paper “Circle of Care: Supporting Family Caregivers in BC” and the recommendations from the 2020 report “Staying Apart to Stay Safe” by the Office of the Seniors Advocate, recommends that:

  • family caregivers be formally recognized as partners in the care of residents in long-term care and assisted living,
  • long-term care and assisted living residents and their family caregivers be included in decisions about individual care plans, and
  • long-term care and assisted living facilities have a mechanism for consulting family caregivers on the development of policies that impact residents.

Climate Change and Human Health

June 2021
Health Promotion & Public Health | Policy Statement
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Doctors of BC Position: Doctors of BC recognizes the significant impact climate change has on human health and the need for everyone to work to reduce the rate at which climate change occurs. As such, Doctors of BC policy supports climate change prevention, mitigation and adaption measures. This includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the health care system, identifying the potential impacts of climate change through physician training and health impact assessments to maximize potential health benefits and reduce risks. Watch this animated video for an overview of our policy.

Illicit Drugs Toxicity/Overdose Crisis

June 2021
Mental Health and Substance Use | Policy Statement
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Doctors of BC Position: To prevent drug toxicity injuries and deaths, Doctors of BC supports a multi-pronged approach based on the principles of harm reduction, prevention, treatment, and enforcement. Doctors of BC supports decriminalization of simple possession of controlled substances for personal use, enhanced coordination and access to services, and increased efforts to separate people from the toxic, illicit drug supply.

Stay Active, Stay Safe: Physical activity resources and recommendations for older adults during COVID-19

January 2021
Aging Population | Resource
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Infographic of physical activity resources and recommendations for older adults during COVID-19

Recognizing Obesity as a Chronic Disease

January 2021
Health Promotion & Public Health | Resolution

Doctors of BC Position: Doctors of BC recognizes obesity to be a chronic medical disease requiring enhanced research, treatment, and prevention efforts.

Healthy Aging and Preventing Frailty

November 2020
Aging Population | Statement
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Doctors of BC Position: Preventing frailty requires a multidisciplinary and multisectoral approach. Doctors of BC calls on the government to update its provincial healthy aging strategy to include prioritization of frailty prevention and improving access to and funding for pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions that support frailty prevention. Older adults and their caregivers should also be supported to utilize programs, services, and technology to stay connected with their community.

Physician Burdens

October 2020
Professional Satisfaction | Policy Statement
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Doctors of BC Position: Physicians are faced with a growing number of demands that can lead to unmanageable time constraints and expectations to deliver beyond what can be reasonably expected in a single day. Doctors of BC encourages all health care stakeholders to carefully consider how any new ask or proposed change may ripple through the health care system to impact quality and accessibility of care and physician workflow using a ‘cumulative impact lens’ prior to implementation.

Governance for Electronic Medical Record Data Used for Secondary Purposes

March 2020
Digital Health | Policy Statement
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Doctors of BC Position: The increasing demand for access to data in physician electronic medical records (EMRs) is associated with risks and benefits of use of that data. Doctors of BC recommends that in order to mitigate risks and ensure public interests are protected, establishment of appropriate and collaborative governance is needed as it relates to the use of EMR data by external organizations for secondary purposes.

Safe Cycling Infrastructure

January 2020
Health Promotion & Public Health | Resolution

Doctors of BC Position: To reduce both risk of injury and harms associated with traffic-related air pollution, Doctors of BC advocates for cycling infrastructure that, where possible and to the greatest extent possible, is separated from motor vehicle traffic.

Improving the Lived Experience of People with Dementia

March 2019
Aging Population | Policy Paper
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Doctors of BC Position: Dementia impacts a significant number of British Columbians and this impact is expected to increase with an aging population. Doctors of BC advocates for an increased focus on prevention, and seeks to improve the lived experience of people with dementia through educating and training, increasing one-on-one care in long-term care, and promoting a palliative approach to care.

Emergency Management Cycle Infographic

November 2018
Disaster and Health Emergency Planning | Policy Resource
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This infographic provides information on how to prevent, prepare, respond and recover from a disaster.

Improving Collaboration in Times of Crisis: Integrating Physicians in Disaster Preparedness and Health Emergency Management

November 2018
Disaster and Health Emergency Planning | Policy Paper
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Doctors of BC Position: Doctors and other health care providers play a critical role when disasters strike. Doctors of BC recommends raising physician awareness of training and leadership opportunities, promoting practical resources to prepare physicians for emergencies, and by promoting CME training on emergency preparedness planning. To better incorporate the health system in emergency preparedness planning, a Health Emergency Framework should be developed.

Signing Authority on Nutritional Supplement Programs

January 2018
Allied Health | Resolution

Doctors of BC Position: Doctors of BC supports the expansion of signing authority for Registered Dietitians on the following Nutritional Supplements Programs: short-term nutritional supplements, monthly nutritional supplements, and existing diet supplement programs, including the high-protein diet supplement program.

Health Information Management and Technology Principles

July 2017
Digital Health | Policy Statement
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Doctors of BC Position: Health IM/IT refers to IM/IT systems deployed in a health care setting that support clinical care and facilitate, manage or record clinical interactions. Doctors of BC believe that improving digital health should be guided by principles of supporting quality care, enhancing the role of patients in health care, incorporating user input into design, and simplifying health records through the one-patient-one-record principle.

Improving Chronic Pain Management in BC

June 2017
Health Promotion & Public Health | Policy Statement
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Doctors of BC Position: Doctors of BC recommends that the BC Ministry of Health, in collaboration with health authorities and other stakeholders, develop a Provincial Chronic Pain Strategy outlining an equitable, comprehensive, and coordinated pain management system designed to support timely access to quality multidisciplinary Chronic Pain services in BC.

Promoting Psychological Safety for Physicians

June 2017
Physician Workplace Safety | Policy Statement
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Doctors of BC Position: Psychological challenges continue to be prevalent for physicians and other healthcare providers. To improve psychological safety, Doctors of BC believes physician advocacy should be supported, physicians should have access to leadership training activities, provider experience should be considered a key performance metric of the health system, and health authorities should develop fair dispute resolution systems for physicians to access.

Improving BC’S Health System Performance

January 2017
Funding and Compensation | Policy Paper
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Doctors of BC Position: Doctors of BC believes there is an opportunity to learn from physician experience with quality improvement efforts in order to build sustained, system-level improvement for health care in British Columbia. Improving BC’s health system requires commitment to a common vision, leadership by key stakeholders, alignment of performance measures, investment in required technology and human resources, and enhanced support for innovation and expansion of successful quality improvement initiatives.

Physician Autonomy

December 2016
Professional Satisfaction | Policy Statement
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Doctors of BC Position: Professional autonomy of physicians is integral to the provision of patient care and to a well-functioning health care system. Principles of professional autonomy for physicians include the ability of physicians to engage in self regulation, the ability to utilize professional judgement in clinical decision making, and the ability for physicians to advocate on issues of quality, patient safety, and health system planning/improvement. Doctors of BC encourages partners in health care delivery to recognize, support, and protect these fundamental principles.

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