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My husband waited one year to see a surgeon and two years for the hip replacement. The pain he went through while waiting for surgery is unbelievable.

– Francise, Alberta


CMA/CFPC/RCPSC Referral and Consultation Process Toolbox

A Referral and Consultation Process Toolbox has been developed to showcase initiatives throughout Canada to improve the process of referrals from family physician to medical specialists. It highlights success stories and lessons learned. Included are tools that can help doctors address challenges related to improving intra-professional communications, measuring Wait 1, and developing tools like central intake systems and physician directories.

The Referral and Consultation Process Toolbox was created by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), with funding from Health Canada.

Heart Failure Referral Form

The Heart Failure Referral Form was developed by the CMA in cooperation with family physicians and cardiologists across the country, and endorsed by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society. The form is a referral checklist that family doctors can use to ensure that relevant information accompanies this type of referral request.



Emergency Departments

  • Emergency department overcrowding and access block (CAEP)

Family Medicine

Cardiac Care

Digestive Health

Paediatric Surgery


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