-Judge Brian Hen­drick­son

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We have all heard the phrase, “There is no “I” in TEAM”. It is es­pe­cially pop­u­lar in sport; how­ever, it is used in any cir­cum­stance when it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that no one per­son is any more im­por­tant than any­one of the other team mem­bers. For the best out­comes, in­di­vid­u­als must al­ways set aside per­sonal egos and do what is best for ad­vanc­ing the team.

When con­sid­er­ing your own health and the health of your fam­ily, do you take on this sort of team-ap­proach phi­los­o­phy? Are there mul­ti­ple mem­bers on your team that con­trib­ute to your well-be­ing? And if there are, does any one mem­ber take on the cap­tain’s role or does each mem­ber share equally the task of keep­ing you at your best?

Most Cana­di­ans iden­tify with the tra­di­tional physi­cian-cen­tre model of pri­mary health care de­liv­ery; the fam­ily physi­cian be­ing the usual first con­tact and gate­keeper for your health care needs. How­ever, this “non-team” ap­proach may not be in the pa­tient’s best in­ter­ests. Nearly 15 years ago, On­tario sought a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to the de­liv­ery of health ser­vices that very much em­pha­sized a model that was more pa­tient-cen­tred, a team ap­proach. At a time when the money was be­com­ing in­creas­ingly scarce for health care and health in­equities were very ev­i­dent, the tra­di­tional method of Hen­drick­son has been an ac­tive mem­ber of the le­gal com­mu­nity in Saskatchewan and has pub­lished le­gal ar­ti­cles and lec­tured on many oc­ca­sions. He has been a Bencher with the Law So­ci­ety of Saskatchewan and re­ceived his Queen’s Coun­sel des­ig­na­tion in 2008.

Judge Hen­drick­son is re­plac­ing Judge Dou­glas Ko­vatch who is mov­ing to the Pro­vin­cial Court in Regina. health care de­liv­ery was be­ing ques­tioned as to whether it was suit­ing the needs of Cana­di­ans. Health care re­form re­sulted in the devel­op­ment of 3 types of team mod­els that put the pa­tient more at the cen­tre of care. Com­mu­nity Health Cen­tres (CHCs), Fam­ily Health Teams (FHTs) and Nurse Prac­ti­tioner-Led Clin­ics (NPLCs) were cre­ated in On­tario with the idea that pa­tients’ needs were best met with multi-dis­ci­plinary col­lab­o­ra­tion. Physi­cians, nurse prac­ti­tion­ers, di­eti­cians, phar­ma­cists, coun­sel­lors and even chi­ro­prac­tors were part of many of these teams, all work­ing un­der one roof, to en­sure you had ac­cess to the best care. While these mod­els dif­fered mostly in terms of how the care-givers were paid, they all were sim­i­lar in that they pro­moted pa­tient-cen­tred care that was in the “right place, at the right time, and by the right health-care prac­ti­tioner”. While there were many pos­i­tive out­comes for the pa­tient and health in­equities less­ened, the team ap­proach was slow to catch on. Most prov­inces, un­for­tu­nately, have been slow to latch on to this team ap­proach or have not even con­sid­ered it at all.

If the team ap­proach has been shown to be ben­e­fi­cial to one’s health, and if govern­ment is un­will­ing to ad­vance this no­tion, it is up to you to cre­ate your own team, with you as the cap­tain. While there is a good chance your team may be spread out across the city in­stead of un­der one roof, you can still cre­ate a team phi­los­o­phy as long as there is con­tin­ued com­mu­ni­ca­tion and each one of your care­givers re­spects the other team mem­bers and the cap­tain (you).

While there is no “I” in TEAM, there can be an MD, an NP, a DC as well as a num­ber of other health­ful let­ters.

Judge Brian Hen­drick­son speaks at the Bar Ad­mis­sion Cer­e­mony at the Court of Queen’s Bench in Moose Jaw. Matthew Gourlie pho­to­graph

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