Measuring Up 2017, Health Quality Ontario’s yearly report on the province’s health system, was released today. This year’s report is drawn from a review of a set of about 50 health system indicators called the Common Quality Agenda. The report combines a broad range of data with the stories of people at the front lines of the system, including patients, families and health care professionals.
The report flags a number of key issues related to mental health and addictions. Access to physician care and care transitions for mental health conditions remain poor, with no increase in timely follow-up visits with a primary care doctor or psychiatrist for individuals with a mental health condition after discharge from hospital.
The report also highlights access as an issue, with wide variation between Ontario’s LHIN regions in hospital readmissions and follow-up visits with a primary care doctor or psychiatrist for people who were hospitalized for a mental illness or addiction.
Measuring Up 2017 examines more than 1,000 organizations in Ontario involved in hospital care, home care, primary care and long-term care, but does not measure the mental health and addictions sector. Ontario currently lacks a standardized, province-wide system of evidence-based performance measurement for mental health and addictions. Ontario’s Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Council has recommended that the province implement a mental health and addictions data and quality strategy, which includes implementing a provincial performance measurement scorecard for services across the lifespan.
To read the full report, visit the HQO website.