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Integrated Primary Care Teams (IPCT) pilot project in Quebec: a protocol paper
  1. Damien Contandriopoulos1,
  2. Arnaud Duhoux1,
  3. Bernard Roy2,
  4. Maxime Amar3,
  5. Jean-Pierre Bonin1,
  6. Roxane Borges Da Silva1,
  7. Isabelle Brault1,
  8. Clémence Dallaire2,
  9. Carl-Ardy Dubois1,
  10. Francine Girard1,
  11. Emmanuelle Jean4,
  12. Caroline Larue1,
  13. Lily Lessard4,
  14. Luc Mathieu5,
  15. Jacinthe Pépin1,
  16. Mélanie Perroux1,
  17. Aurore Cockenpot1
  1. 1Faculty of Nursing, University of Montreal, Montréal, Québec, Canada
  2. 2Faculty of Nursing, University of Laval, Québec, Québec, Canada
  3. 3Faculty of Medicine, University of Laval, Québec, Québec, Canada
  4. 4University of Québec in Rimouski, Rimouski, Québec, Canada
  5. 5University of Sherbrook, School of Nursing, Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Mélanie Perroux; melanie.perroux{at}


Introduction The overall aim of this project is to help develop knowledge about primary care delivery models likely to improve the accessibility, quality and efficiency of care. Operationally, this objective will be achieved through supporting and evaluating 8 primary care team pilot sites that rely on an expanded nursing role within a more intensive team-based, interdisciplinary setting.

Methods and analysis The first research component is aimed at supporting the development and implementation of the pilot projects, and is divided into 2 parts. The first part is a logical analysis based on interpreting available scientific data to understand the causal processes by which the objectives of the intervention being studied may be achieved. The second part is a developmental evaluation to support teams in the field in a participatory manner and thereby learn from experience. Operationally, the developmental evaluation phase mainly involves semistructured interviews. The second component of the project design focuses on evaluating pilot project results and assessing their costs. This component is in turn made up of 2 parts. Part 1 is a pre-and-post survey of patients receiving the intervention care to analyse their care experience. In part 2, each patient enrolled in part 1 (around 4000 patients) will be matched with 2 patients followed within a traditional primary care model, so that a comparative analysis of the accessibility, quality and efficiency of the intervention can be performed. The cohorts formed in this way will be followed longitudinally for 4 years.

Ethics and dissemination The project, as well as all consent forms and research tools, have been accepted by 2 health sciences research ethics committees. The procedures used will conform to best practices regarding the anonymity of patients.

  • primary healthcare team
  • interdisciplinarity

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