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Primary Health Care System


Evaluation of the Quality of Chronic Disease Care at Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic
Investigator: Roberta Heale, Laurentian University

Research Focus:

This study will focus on evaluation of the Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic model. This is a new model of primary health care in Ontario. The NPLCs provide comprehensive PHC through an interprofessional team approach with NP leadership. The research will be conducted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of Laurentian University’s PhD in Interdisciplinary and Rural Health. Initial proposed research included the following: A description of each NPLC will be generated based on a practice description of primary health care organizations in similar research, namely the COMP-PC multi-level evaluations of PHC in Ontario (S Dahrouge et al., “The Comparison of Models of Primary Care in Ontario (COMP-PC) Study: Methodology of a Multifaceted Cross-Sectional Practice-Based Study,” Open Medicine 3, no. 3 (2009): e149;).

The research will include a mixed methods approach. Surveys to evaluate key indicators for primary health care CDM will be delivered to patients and the interprofessional team of health care providers. Interviews with administrators, patients and providers will provide additional data about the experience of patients and providers in the delivery of healthcare at NPLCs. A chart audit will be conducted to determine the extent to which CDM targets have been reached.

This research will evaluate:

  1. The level to which patients in NPLCs are informed and active in their care
  2. The preparedness of the NPLC interprofessional team to address issues related to CDM.
  3. Identification of level to which CDM targets are met at NPLCs.

For more information please contact:
Roberta Heale


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