What can organizations do to improve family physicians' interprofessional collaboration? Results of a survey of primary care in Quebec.

TitreWhat can organizations do to improve family physicians' interprofessional collaboration? Results of a survey of primary care in Quebec.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsPerreault K, Pineault R, Da Silva RBorgès, Provost S, Feldman DE
JournalCan Fam Physician
Volume63
Issue9
Paginatione381-e388
Date Published2017 Sep
ISSN1715-5258
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To assess the degree of collaboration in primary health care organizations between FPs and other health care professionals; and to identify organizational factors associated with such collaboration.DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey.SETTING: Primary health care organizations in the Montreal and Monteregie regions of Quebec.PARTICIPANTS: Physicians or administrative managers from 376 organizations.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Degree of collaboration between FPs and other specialists and between FPs and nonphysician health professionals.RESULTS: Almost half (47.1%) of organizations reported a high degree of collaboration between FPs and other specialists, but a high degree of collaboration was considerably less common between FPs and nonphysician professionals (16.5%). Clinic collaboration with a hospital and having more patients with at least 1 chronic disease were associated with higher FP collaboration with other specialists. The proportion of patients with at least 1 chronic disease was the only factor associated with collaboration between FPs and nonphysician professionals.CONCLUSION: There is room for improvement regarding interprofessional collaboration in primary health care, especially between FPs and nonphysician professionals. Organizations that manage patients with more chronic diseases collaborate more with both non-FP specialists and nonphysician professionals.

Alternate JournalCan Fam Physician
PubMed ID28904048
PubMed Central IDPMC5597028