International Journal of Integrated Care, 4 June 2008 - ISSN 1568-4156
Conference abstract
Is there a way to measure implementation of integration in different countries? The case of the PRISMA implementation qualitative methodology
H. Trouvé, PhD, Epidemiology and Clinical Research Unit Staff of Georges Pompidou European Hospital—University of Paris, France
D. Somme, University of Paris, France
A. Veil, Centre on Aging, Health and Social Services Centre—University Institute of Geriatrics of Sherbrooke, Canada
Y. Couturier, University of Sherbrooke, Canada
D. Gagnon, PhD, University of Sherbrooke, Canada
S. Carrier, PhD, University of Sherbrooke, Canada
N. Lucas, Epidemiology and Clinical Research Unit Staff of Georges Pompidou European Hospital—University of Paris, France
O. Saint-Jean, University of Paris, France
R. Hébert, Université of Sherbrooke, Canada
Correspondence to: Hélène Trouvé. E-mail:

Introduction: The PRISMA implementation research has used an innovative tool: the penetration rate of integrated model in the system. The experimentation in France of the PRISMA adopts and adapts this methodology.

Aims and objective: This measurement relates to the functions of the 6 tools and mechanisms of the model: coordination boards, single entry point, case-management, single assessment instrument, individualised services plan and information system. In contrast with Quebec, no public policy in France incites to move towards this model of integration. In addition, in the French system the construction of coordination boards is complex because there is as much as ten supervision authorities and about fifteen organisation managers involved in each experimental site.

Methods of adaptation of the tool in France: The measurement was not only the absence, partial existence or existence of the 6 components but takes into account the appropriation process for each one, the administrative time and the new definition of thresholds to reach as compared to the model.

Results: This research tool presents two advantages. The measurement scale enables also the partners to appropriate the function of each model component and more precisely the global model of the integration. Actors do not feel evaluated but accompanied.

care for the elderly; qualitative research; implementation; Canada

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