Healthcare Policy

Healthcare Policy 13(2) November 2017 : 10-19.doi:10.12927/hcpol.2017.25326
Data Matters

A Survey of Health Equity Practices in Early Psychosis Intervention Programs: A Starting Point for Improvement

Avra Selick, Alexandra Lamoureux, Karen O'Connor and Janet Durbin


Equity has been identified as a core component of quality healthcare in Ontario. However, translating policy into practice can be challenging. This paper reports results from a province-wide survey of early psychosis intervention programs to assess the extent to which equity has been incorporated into program delivery. All 56 programs (100%) completed the survey. Results found that while most programs perceive that they are meeting equity aims, they reported limited use of practices to support this aim, and few systematically collect information on performance. Strategies to improve equity in practice are discussed.



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