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Quality Improvement Resources


BiG Fund - Better Improvement Grant

In the spirit of ‘better is always possible’, the DFCM Quality Improvement Program welcomes QI project proposals focused on better - whether it be a focus on better care, better experience, or better outcomes, the Triple Aim.
The Quality Improvement Program will provide two grants annually to support QI projects focused on better. The audience for these grants includes DFCM faculty and health professional educators at each of the fourteen academic sites.

Funds provided will be up to a maximum of $10,000 per grant:

  • For fully-affiliated academic sites: $5000 from the QI Program matched by $5000 from the site
  • For community-based academic sites: $7500 from the QI Program matched by $2500 from the site

Application deadline:

  • Annually by December 31st

Click here to read about the criteria and eligibility for the fund, and to submit an application.


QI Publication Funding


To help support DFCM faculty who have had peer-reviewed Quality Improvement articles accepted for publication.


The DFCM will award 50% of a publication acceptance fee up to a maximum of $1,000 CAD per publication. An applicant must demonstrate availability of matching funds. Awards are based on availability of funds.


All faculty in the Department of Family and Community Medicine are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to Quality Improvement Program Directors. The faculty member must be either first author or senior responsible author. Publications should relate to improving quality in primary care and summarize results of an original intervention. A maximum of one award will be granted per person per calendar year (January 1 - December 31).


Completion of the online form.


Teaming for high-functioning primary care teams

The Quality Improvement (QI) Program launched a qualitative research project in late 2014 asking the question: What makes primary care teams effective or high-functioning? 

The evolution of health care provision in the community is moving from a single primary care provider (usually a family physician) providing health care patient by patient in a reactive context, to an organizational one – a primary care team proactively meeting the needs of a defined population. Teaming - a verb - refers to the collective actions or processes associated with a primary health care team performing optimally. The goal of the teaming project is to learn from high-functioning teams and apply that knowledge to the development of a blueprint and action plan that will guide primary care teams, within an improvement paradigm, to function effectively with ultimate outcomes leading to improved health of populations, improved patient and provider experiences, and improved value.

In April 2016, the environmental scan for the teaming project was completed with case studies of nominated, high-functioning primary care teams. The case studies, representing teams from Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, marked the last element of the scan that included a robust literature review and a series of expert interviews. The case studies have provided insights into high-functioning teams – how they function and what makes it feasible. Through observation and a series of one to one and group interviews, we have been able to identify themes that emerge as attributes of these high-functioning teams. While the context and jurisdictional environment of each organization is unique, the case study teams share attributes that are reflective of high-functioning capability.

Read our report "The Teaming Project - Learning from high-functioning interprofessional primary care teams."  

The QI Program team would like to acknowledge the use of funds through the Fidani Chair in Improvement and Innovation that have enabled the Teaming Project.


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