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Information Technology Primary Care Research Group (ITPCRG)

Inaugurated in 2007, the Information Technology Primary Care Research Group (ITPCRG) promotes and encourages research, development and teaching of health informatics in primary care. The purpose of ITPCRG is to support research and research capacity-building for addressing complex health informatics questions from decision-makers, information providers, knowledge users, policy-makers and researchers using qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. ITPCRG researchers supervise graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, in particular MSc students enrolled in the ‘Family Medicine’ option of the ‘Experimental Medicine’ program.

ITPCRG researchers developed and validated the Information Assessment Method (IAM), a tool to systematically document a health professional’s reflection on the relevance, cognitive impact, use and health outcomes of information objects delivered by or retrieved from electronic knowledge resources (www.mcgill.ca/iam). IAM helps document reflective learning, which is at the base of continuing education in the health professions. IAM enhances continuing education through stimulation of reflective learning, evaluation of resources, and two-way knowledge exchange between information users and providers. Currently, thousands of Canadian physicians and pharmacists routinely use IAM for assessing synopses of research-based clinical information delivered as daily email. For example, members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada earn 0.1 MainPro M1 Continuing Education credit for each InfoPOEM® appraised using IAM. According to our literature review and environmental scan, this CME policy is unique as it recognizes brief self-directed e-learning activities in a ‘push’ context.


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Meet group members

- Roland Grad

- Pierre Pluye

- Gillian Bartlett

- Charo Rodriguez

- Martin Dawes

- Janique Johnson-Lafleur

- Michael Shulha

- Vera Granikov

- Ivan Ricarte

- Cristiane Galvao

- David Tang