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Referrals - Complex Chronic Diseases Program

There are thousands of people in BC who are affected by one or more chronic complex diseases. For this reason, it is important that referrals to CCDP are managed in a way that ensures that they are appropriate. This will avoid delays in the provision of medical assessments and management strategies to patients who qualify for admission to the CCDP.

Referral Criteria
  • Resident of British Columbia
  • 19 years of age or older
  • Symptoms or diagnosis of Fibromyalgia (FM) and/or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) and/or symptoms attributable to Chronic Lyme Disease (SACLD)
This Service is aimed to support patients and primary care teams in the management of complex chronic diseases.  As with many chronic diseases, most patients can be diagnosed and managed in primary care.  However, support from specialised services is available where needed.  Our revised referral form was designed to help primary care practitioners to diagnose CCDs and decide on appropriate actions.  It includes clear paths on how to diagnose CCDs in primary care.  However, if you are in doubt or require advice on the management of people diagnosed with a CCD in primary care, you may book a physician-to-physician consult with us.  In many cases, you may find a referral to an alternative specialist service may be more appropriate; this may be the case when patients have diagnosed chronic diseases where chronic pain or fatigue are part of their symptoms.  Examples include pain management clinics, rheumatology, oncology or psychiatry.  However, if after considering your diagnosis and initial management of your patient in primary care, you decide that your patient's symptoms are indeed caused by ME/CFS, FM or SACLD, please complete the referral form and include associated information, so that we will be in an ideal position to help your patient.

Referrals form

Referrals process

1

Download and print referral form or add to your Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system


2

Complete the referral form, including referral diagnosis

Please note -  to help improve access for people with Complex Chronic Diseases, the CCDP does not accept re-referrals for patients who have participated in the program before.  If your patient has participated in the CCDP before and there has been a medical change in their condition, please complete the referral form and specify thatyou would like to book a provider to provider consult.

Patients who have participated in the CCDP previously are eligible to access the CCDP Alumni group, available as of January 2020.

3

Fax

The primary health care provider completes the referral form and faxes it to 604-875-3738.
 
 
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