CMA PolicyBase

What is CMA Policy?

Types of CMA Policy
Who Sets CMA Policy?
The Policy Review Process

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CMA PolicyBase

The CMA PolicyBase is a fully searchable database containing the full text of all current CMA policy. Each record has been enhanced with information about the policy including its date of creation, most recent review date, resolution number and subject headings.

 

The Basic Search screen provides a single search box for simple queries. The Advanced Search option provides numerous filters allowing for more complex searches.

What is CMA Policy?

Canadian Medical Association policy describes the Association’s positions on issues relevant to the Canadian healthcare system, medical education, the practice of medicine, and issues of importance to Canadian physicians and their patients. CMA policy is a key instrument used by the Association to carry out its mandate to serve and unite the physicians of Canada and be the national advocate, in partnership with the people of Canada, for the highest standards of health and health care. CMA policy serves to inform decisions and actions of Canadian physicians, lawmakers, health policy decision makers, other health professionals, and the general public. Canadian physicians value and support advocacy as a one of the most important activities of the CMA.

Types of CMA Policy

CMA policy is found in three formats:

 

1.  Policy Documents

Policy documents approved by a resolution of General Council or the Board of Directors are policy. Policy documents provide discussions and summaries on key policy topics. Their official sanction as policy recognizes the due diligence with which they were created and provides members, Canadian physicians and the general public with well articulated normative statements endorsed by the CMA on important issues.

 

2.  Resolutions

There are two kinds of resolutions: advocacy resolutions and administrative resolutions. All resolutions passed by General Council or the Board of Directors which deal with advocacy issues are policy. Administrative resolutions, which deal with general corporate business and management issues, are not included in the CMA PolicyBase.

 

3.  Briefs

Briefs are submissions and presentations to federal government committees and commissions which articulate the Association’s policy on specific topics. Occasionally, these take the form of a letter to a minister or senior government official. CMA resolutions and policy documents are typically more specific and focused. Briefs can include recommendations and can also be used to explore ideas within a wider context.

Who Sets CMA Policy?

General Council is the governing body of the Canadian Medical Association. It meets annually in August at the same time as the Association’s Annual General meeting. Described as the parliament of Canadian medicine, General Council is the Association’s supreme policy-making body. Between meetings of General Council, the CMA Board of Directors is delegated policymaking authority for the Association.

The Policy Review Process

CMA policy is reviewed regularly to ensure that it is timely and relevant. Policy statements are reviewed annually while resolutions and briefs are reviewed every five years. Policies are referred to the relevant council or committee for review. These include the Committee on Ethics, the Council on Education and Professional Development, the Council on Health Care and Promotion, and the Council on Health Policy and Economics. They make recommendations with regard to the status of the policies. Status options are: rescind, still relevant, or still relevant with revisions. These recommendations are forwarded to the Board of Directors for final approval as part of the annual policy review at its February meeting.

 

The current status for each resolution, brief and policy document can be found as part of each record under the heading “Status“.

Searching the CMA PolicyBase

Basic Search

The Basic Search screen provides a single search box for simple queries. It searches the entire database including policy documents, resolutions and briefs. Because basic searches are less focused, results can include greater numbers of hits with more irrelevant items.

Advanced Search

The Advanced Search screen provides a number of search options and filters for more complex queries. Searches can be limited to specific fields such as document type, title, date. Consult How to Search Online from the ? icon on the Advanced Search Screen for help with advanced searches.

Dates of Coverage

The dates of coverage for each document type varies. Documents have been included based on their availability in electronic format. Retrospective conversion to electronic format is ongoing. Currently, dates of coverage are as follows:

 

Document Type

 

Period Covered

From

To

Resolutions

1972

Present

Policy Documents

1985

Present

Briefs

1999

Present

Searching and Displaying French Content

The majority of PolicyBase records contain both English and French content. Records for policy documents and briefs include links to both English and French language PDFs when available.

 

Searches may be performed in either English or French using the appropriate search page. For searches using English terminology, use the English search page. For searches using French terminology, use the French search page.

 

To change from the English to the French search page, click on the "Français" link on the top right hand side of the page. To change from the French to the English search page, click on the "English" link on the top right hand side of the page.

 

Search results are displayed in the language of the search page you are using. To view the detailed information in the other language, click on the pull down menu on the top left hand side of the page. Select "Display> English" for the English display or "Affichage>Français" for the French display. Additionally, the records for Policy documents and briefs include links to both English and French PDFs when available.

 

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