What is ISAEC or the Rapid Access Clinic for Low Back Pain?
The Inter-professional Spine Assessment and Education Clinics (ISAEC) began as a pilot project in Toronto, Hamilton and Thunder Bay to improve care and access for patients suffering from low back pain. Due to the success of the pilot, ISAEC is currently expanding throughout the province as part of the Rapid Access Clinics (RAC) for Low Back Pain (LBP) implementation. The North East LHIN is rolling out this program of care and is in the process of setting up the necessary infrastructure to both accept referrals and see patients.
There is one point of contact for all referrals and one phone number to call for all RAC LBP referrals called Central Intake. Referral into the program is only available to patients whose family doctor or nurse practitioner has enrolled in the program.
The NE LHIN is currently enrolling Family Doctors and Nurse Practitioners who practice in the Sudbury/ Manitoulin; Algoma; and Nipissing sub-regions. Other regions in the North East will be rolling out this model of care very soon and hope to reach out to Primary Care Providers in those respective regions by September of 2019.
Once your doctor or nurse practitioner are enrolled into the program, they will be able to refer their patients into the RAC-LBP. Referred patients will be offered an assessment of their low back condition with the closest available Advanced Practice Provider within 4 weeks of referral.
For more information, visit http://www.isaec.org/