Team-Based Care Program
The Team-Based Care Program works with our member physicians to provide support to patients with a variety of concerns. We have healthcare team members working both in our central Leduc office and within some of our clinics. Registered nurses, registered dietitians, an exercise specialist, behavioural health consultants, and mental health therapists support patients through their health journey.
Click each provider type below to see how they can support your health journey:
Registered Dietitians (RDs) work with patients with chronic conditions and promote healthy eating in various population groups. Patients are provided with nutrition assessment, education, and support for behaviour change.
Nutrition-related conditions – Dietitians can help with the following conditions:
- anemia (iron deficiency) and other nutrient deficiencies
- digestive disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Celiac Disease, Crohn’s Disease
- food allergies and intolerances
- malnutrition or underweight
- non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
- pediatric nutrition concerns such as picky eating for children ages 2-17
- improving diet quality
- vegetarian and vegan diets
- prenatal and postpartum nutrition
Nutrition counselling for chronic conditions:
- diabetes and pre-diabetes
- high cholesterol and high blood pressure
- heart disease
Working individually with a dietitian involves an initial 60-minute appointment to review your current eating habits. The RD will work to determine your personal goals and use a non-dieting approach to help make sustainable and realistic changes.
Currently, we have 2 Registered Dietitians working at the centralized Leduc PCN office.
To access the services of a Registered Dietitian, please talk to your family doctor.
The Exercise Specialist will accept requests to work with patients to assess current abilities, provide education around the importance of exercise and provide a program specific to the individual health concerns of the patient. Working individually with an Exercise Specialist involves a 60-minute appointment that includes gathering patient health history, discussing goals for treatment, and coming up with a treatment plan to address identified goals. Physical assessments may be necessary to help identify starting points for treatment and appropriate exercise prescription. The focus of the treatment is to help patients better understand and self-manage their health conditions
The Exercise Specialist can help with the following conditions:
- Balance/coordination problems
- Chronic pain (fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, previous traumatic injuries etc.)
- Chronic soft tissue injuries (rotator cuff tear, tendinopathy, recurring muscle strain)
- Deconditioning/sedentary lifestyle
- Pre-surgical rehabilitation for joint replacements
- Post-surgical rehab from joint replacement (post-physiotherapy)
The Exercise Specialist works at the centralized Leduc PCN office; to access the services of our Exercise Specialist, please talk to your family doctor.
Our PCN YouTube channel offers a series of home workouts that take anywhere from 5 minutes to 30 minutes to complete; these can be accessed anytime.
The role of the Behavioural Health Consultant (BHC) is primarily to focus on behavioural health strategies and interventions to assist patients improve their day-to-day functioning. BHCs, both within physician clinics and at the central office work with patients of all ages. In addition, the BHCs will assess the need for additional support and refer when appropriate to PCN Mental Health Therapists or navigate, refer or provide information for the patient to community resources more suitable in treating their needs.
BHC’s can help with the following conditions:
- Depression and anxiety
- Post-traumatic stress effects
- Substance use
- Family/relationship/parenting issues
- Stress/occupational stress
- Chronic pain
- Sleep issues
- Weight management
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Tobacco Cessation
- Chronic Disease Management
Most BHC appointments are up to 30 minutes in length. You will be asked questions about physical symptoms, emotional concerns, behaviours, and how these affect your day to day functioning. The BHC will work with you and your health team to create a treatment plan and arrange a follow-up appointment if needed.
Currently, we have Behavioural Health Consultants working at the centralized Leduc PCN office as well as in the following member clinics:
- Griffiths Clinic (Leduc)
- Beaumont Medical Clinic (Beaumont)
- Devon Medical Clinic (Devon)
- Willow Family Medicine (Edmonton)
In order to access the services of a Behavioural Health Consultant, please talk to your family doctor.
The LBD PCN Mental Health Therapist provides brief psychotherapy to patients who present with mild to moderate emotional or psychological issues. This is done through an initial screening by the Behavioral Health Consultant; the patient is then seen by the Mental Health Therapist who will offer guidance and support to implement new skills to address utilizing evidence-based techniques.
Together, the Mental Health Therapist and patient will come up with an agreed treatment plan to address emotional and mental health. For continuity of care, the Mental Health Therapist will provide a treatment summary identifying presenting issues identified with the patient, treatment plan and outcome, clinical impressions, and future recommendations back to the referring physician.
The Mental Health Therapists work at the centralized Leduc PCN office; in order to access the services of a Mental Health Therapist, please talk to your family doctor.
The LBD PCN has recently added a social worker to our Team-Based Care Program. More details on this role to follow.
The Registered Nurses in the Team-Based Care program provide a range of primary care nursing services both in our physician clinics as well as the PCN central office. Our RNs are involved in health promotion activities and chronic disease management.
Our nurses provide education and support and insulin counseling to patients with diabetes, including those who have been newly diagnosed and patients who are at risk of developing the disease (pre-diabetes).
- generalized lifestyle teaching
- blood sugar control/stabilization
- initiation and titration of insulin (with physician approval)
- diabetes foot assessments
Other services include:
- respiratory management (Asthma/COPD)
- weight management goals and support
- disease-prevention and screening
- promote healthy lifestyles, create care plans, and provide education
- blood pressure testing, monitoring, and education
- memory testing
- oral medication management with physician approval
- explain lab work or other test results, and assist with filling out forms when needed
- smoking cessation coping strategies and resources
- internal referrals to other PCN clinicians (Dietitian, Behavioural Health, Exercise Specialist)
Currently, we have Registered Nurses working at the centralized Leduc PCN office as well as in the following member clinics:
- Griffiths Clinic (Leduc)
- Beaumont Medical (Beaumont)
- Hospital Medical Clinic (Devon)
- Devon Medical Clinic (Devon)
To access the services of a Registered Nurse, please talk to your family doctor.
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) working in the LBD PCN provide support in the following areas:
- They work as part of the team in the family physicians office (Patient’s Medical Home);
- They perform procedures such as dressing changes, ear syringing, wart treatment;
- They provide preventative health screening;
- They also provide education to patients on various health conditions.
We currently have LPNs working at the following member clinics:
- Beaumont Medical Clinic
- Smyth Associate Clinic
To access any of our Team-Based Care healthcare professionals, please talk to your PCN family doctor or nurse practitioner.
For detailed information on each of our health care providers, please click on the provider title above.