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The Unité de soutien SRAP du Québec and the Quebec College of Family Physicians have collaborated to evaluate the scalability of innovations in primary care

Dr. Ali Ben Charif, his colleagues from the Unité de soutien SRAP du Québec and the Quebec College of Family Physicians (QCFP) have published an article evaluating the scalability of innovations in primary care. The Unité de soutien SRAP du Québec and the QCFP have collaborated to promote and develop excellence in family medicine in Quebec. They found convincing data for scalability in primary care in Quebec for 24 innovations.


“Assessing the scalability of innovations in primary care: a cross-sectional study” emerged from a service proposal in response to a call from the QCFP at their second symposium. The project was led by Dr. Ali Ben Charif, a postdoctoral fellow in the Unité de soutien SRAP du Québec, in close collaboration with the members of our team of experts in Research on health and social systems, knowledge application and implementation and members of the QCFP.

Context

Primary care is an important link in a well-functioning health and social services system, and is at the centre of major reforms in many countries. Generally, countries with a strong primary care sector have better health outcomes at a lower cost. In light of this, it would be wise to ensure continuous improvement of primary care practices by identifying problems related to clinical practices and their determinants, and designing and implementing innovations to improve these practices and health outcomes.

Results

These innovations include management (63%), prevention (33%) and therapeutic (4%) interventions. Approximately 67% of these innovations appear to be better aligned for widespread dissemination in primary care in Quebec.