There were 3,200 opioid-related emergency department visits in Ontario in 2014 alone. And in 2016, alcohol was responsible for more hospital admissions than heart attacks.

A first-of-its-kind project, Mentoring, Education, and Clinical Tools for Addiction: Primary Care-Hospital Integration (META:PHI) is addressing these issues by developing rapid-access addiction medicine clinics that integrate care received in emergency departments and hospitals, primary care and front-line community services (such as withdrawal management centres and shelters). Patients can now seamlessly transition from emergency departments to a rapid-access clinic and, once stable, to a primary care provider.

META:PHI provides patients with easy and fast referral between emergency departments, addiction specialists and family physicians.

Developed by Dr. Kahan, along with his team and the leadership at Women’s College Hospital, META:PHI was born out of the necessity for more accessible, evidence-based addiction care. With support from Adopting Research to Improve Care (ARTIC), META:PHI has extended its reach to 861 patients in Ottawa, Sudbury, London, Owen Sound, Sarnia, St. Catharines and Newmarket.

Patients have reported the clinic’s patient-centred approach to care made them feel less stigmatized – something patients living with addiction often feel.

META:PHI is having a real impact on people’s lives. Watch Tracy’s Story.

Read our META:PHI results news release

See a snapshot of META:PHI results