Transforming Musculoskeletal Care

The Mississauga Halton LHIN in collaboration with Trillium Health Partners and Halton Healthcare is implementing Musculoskeletal (MSK) Rapid Access Clinics in 2018.

This initiative includes the implementation of Rapid Access Clinics for moderate to severe hip and knee arthritis and low back pain (ISAEC model).

This program aims to:

  1. Increase access to MSK specialist care
  2. Increase patient experience and satisfaction
  3. Increase appropriate diagnostic and surgical referrals

We have engaged a multi-disciplinary team to work collaboratively on the planning and implementation including persons with lived experience, primary care, specialists, providers within the community, and hospital leadership. 

The Pathway:

Primary care physicians will route a standardized referral form to a common central intake within the Mississauga Halton LHIN. Patients will be booked for a standardized assessment with a target wait time of 4 weeks. An inter-professional team will work together through a shared care model to determine the appropriate path for the patient which can include a surgical consult or non-surgical recommendations. Along the care continuum, the referring physician is informed of the assessment results and recommendations made to the patient.The Patient's Pathway








What does this mean for you?

Benefits of Rapid Access Clinics

Hip and Knee Rapid Access Clinics

The Hip and Knee Rapid Access Clinics were launched on November 1, 2018 to support patients with moderate to severe hip or knee arthritis. For information on the referral form and process, please click here

For physicians

Click here to access the Physician Frequently Asked Questions reference sheet. 

Low Back Rapid Access Clinics (formerly ISAEC)

As part of a provincial initiative, the Mississauga Halton LHIN in partnership with Trillium Health Partners and Halton Healthcare launched Central Intake and Rapid Access Clinics for patients with low back pain on February 15, 2019. The low back pain pathway is part of the Rapid Access Clinic for MSK care and stems from the Inter-professional Spine Assessment and Education Clinics (ISAEC).

For more information on the ISAEC model please visit: