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How can rural community-engaged health services planning achieve sustainable system change

BMJ Open
Authors: Campbell Stuart Johnston, Erika Belanger, Krystal Wong, David Snadden
Publication date: October 2021 


The objectives of the Rural Site Visit Project (SV Project) were to develop a successful model for engaging all 201 communities in rural British Columbia, Canada, build relationships and gather data about community healthcare issues to help modify existing rural healthcare programs and inform government rural healthcare policy … The SV Project appears to be unique in that it is physician-led, prioritises relationships, engages all of the healthcare partners singly and jointly in each community, is ongoing, provides feedback to both the policymakers and all interviewees on a six-month basis and, by virtue of its large scope, has the ability to produce interim reports that have helped inform system change. 

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