Primary health care – Your health. Our promise.

Primary health care is the first place people go for health care or wellness advice and programs, treatment of a health issue or injury, or to diagnose and manage a health condition.
  • Primary health care includes all of the services in your community that support the day to day health needs of you and your family through every stage of life.
  • Primary health care may include a visit to your family doctor, a consultation from a nurse practitioner, advice from a pharmacist or an appointment with a dietician or therapist.

Primary health care draws on the expertise of many different providers working together to support people and their families and recognizes that our health, wellness and quality of life are influenced by our economic, cultural and physical situations, and our spiritual beliefs.

Primary health care includes a range of services, including a focus on wellness, and connecting people with social supports that influence their health status, such as housing or parental support. Regardless of where it happens, primary health care is the key to helping Albertans to be healthy.

Primary Care Networks and Family Care Clinics

Alberta has two team-based approaches to community health care. Primary Care Networks, in operation since 2003, are physician-led multi-disciplinary teams. Alberta has 40 networks with almost 2,500 doctors and about 600 full-time-equivalent professionals in other disciplines.

Family Care Clinics, a new approach introduced in early 2012, provide direct access to a team of health professionals, and to other community and support services.

Primary health care evaluation

In recognition of the importance of primary health care to the broader health system, and with the introduction of new delivery models to the landscape, Alberta Health commissioned the development of a comprehensive evaluation framework. The Primary Health Care Evaluation Framework is intended to support ongoing assessment and evaluation of primary health care in the province and to contribute to the continuing efforts to strengthen primary health care in Alberta.

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