EVALUATION OF NEW MODELS OF PRIMARY CARE
- Evaluation of the Quality Improvement & Innovation Partnership (QIIP) Learning Collaboratives
- Evaluation of Partnerships for Health
1 - Title: Evaluation of the Quality Improvement & Innovation Partnership (QIIP) Learning Collaboratives
Abstract: In 2005, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) embarked upon a series of strategic initiatives aimed at improving the health status of Ontarians. To this end, Family Health Teams were initiated with a primary mission to improve access to effective, comprehensive, patient-centred, team-based primary healthcare. The Quality Improvement & Innovation Partnership (QIIP) was instituted to assist with the shift from the traditional reactive model of healthcare delivery to a proactive planned approach. The major objective of QIIP is to support the formation of inter-professional care teams, improve community healthcare partnerships, and initiate quality improvement programs aimed at improving primary healthcare delivery in Ontario. QIIP’s Learning Collaboratives program aimed to improve the care of diabetes patients, colorectal screening, and access to care. Partnering with Queen’s University, the CDA Chair and the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine have initiated a comprehensive third-party evaluation of this program. The evaluation will include the collection of information through surveys, interviews, chart reviews, and an analysis using health administrative data.
2 - Title: Evaluation of Partnerships for Health
Abstract: The CDA Chair and the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine have recently completed a comprehensive, mixed-method, evaluation of the Partnerships for Health project. This demonstration project in the Southwest Local Health Integration Network aimed to improve diabetes management in the family practice setting by: (1) educating health professionals at “Learning Collaboratives” regarding CDPM framework and optimal diabetes care; (2) supporting participants as they incorporated “Plan-Do-Study-Act” initiatives; (3) integrating case workers from Community Care Access Centres and other health professionals into the family practice group. The focus of the evaluation was to determine the impact of the project on chronic illness care delivery and diabetes care processes and clinical outcomes using survey, interview, focus group and chart review methods. The evaluation found that the project improved knowledge of chronic care and quality improvement strategies. As well, primary care team functioning, the delivery of diabetes care, and clinical outcomes were improved compared to before the project.
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