For the first time, the work of Cystic Fibrosis Canada has been published in a peer reviewed academic journal! An article highlighting the Health Human Resources Guidelines (HHRG), developed and written by Ian McIntosh, Program Director of Healthcare, was published in Volume 2016 of the Canadian Respiratory Journal. The Health Human Resources Guidelines (HHRG) were developed in consultation with the 42 cystic fibrosis (CF) clinics across Canada.
What are the HHRG Guidelines for?
CF is a multisystem disease that requires a multidisciplinary team approach to clinical care. For example, a person with CF ideally receives care from a CF doctor, nurse, dietician, physiotherapist, social worker, pharmacist, respiratory technician, and in some cases, a psychiatrist or psychologist. Other clinic professionals include a secretary or administrator. The HHRG guidelines specify the amounts of each of these team members that are required for each CF clinic to meet the minimum human resource standards, as well as describe these roles and how they work together.
The HHRG guidelines provide a measurement tool for use during Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s CF clinic Accreditation Site Visit program, which ensures all CF clinics in Canada provide quality care. They are also intended as an advocacy tool to help obtain these resources.