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Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux Montérégie-Centre / Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux Montérégie-Ouest (Québec)

  • Nathalie Bérard,  Directrice adjointe au DSP et mécanismes d'accès, Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Montérégie-Centre, Greenfield Park, Québec
  • Pierre Guay, Directeur des programmes santé mentale et dépendance, Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Montérégie-Ouest, Châteauguay, Québec
  • Dominique Pilon, Directeur des programmes jeunesse et des activités de santé publique, Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Montérégie-Ouest, Châteauguay, Québec
  • Cloé Rodrigue, Adjointe au directeur de la recherche, Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Montérégie-Centre, Greenfield Park, Québec

Structuring the Integration of Pharmacists in FMGs

In Quebec, more than 40% of the population is part of a Family Medicine Group (FMG), where they receive primary care. The new FMG Management Framework foresees a funding allocation enabling these groups to enter into service agreements with Community pharmacists.

Harmful side effects of medication and failure to comply with medical treatments are a direct cause that increasingly contributes to treatment failure, Emergency Department visits and hospitalizations.  The integration of Community Pharmacists into FMGs is, therefore, an excellent lever to enhance the care our population receives.

While working together with the main stakeholders (pharmacists, physicians, nurses and patients), the team would (1) suggest ways of guaranteeing a smooth integration of community pharmacists into the FMG; (2) identify a range of relevant services to maximize the participation of pharmacists in the healthcare process; (3) promote a population-centric approach enabling FMGs to customize the services they offer to the needs of their clientele; and (4) draw up an implementation plan, and an assessment of said plan, to facilitate the integration of pharmacists into Family Medicine Groups in the Montérégie area.

In the long run, the idea is to provide appropriate, needs-centric services as well as the expertise of pharmacists, physicians, nurses, social workers and other healthcare professionals in Family Medicine Groups, thereby maximizing the potential of this type of collaboration and the resources used.