ESPI Project

Overall project objective


The objective of this project is to contribute to the development of primary care delivery models that can satisfy the imperatives of accessibility, quality and efficiency now facing Canada’s health system. Pursing this objective involves supporting and evaluating eight primary care pilot projects whose characteristics are significantly different from the majority of primary care models currently developed in Canada.

These teams are distinctive, in that they are highly interdisciplinary, with an expanded role for nurses in close collaboration with physicians, and provide comprehensive patient management. For this reason, these teams have been designated as Integrated Primary Care Teams (ESPI – Équipes de Soins Primaires Integrés).

The project’s development was launched in 2012 with funding from the Nursing Interventions Research Network of Quebec (RRISIQ) and the University of Montreal Public Health Research Institute (IRSPUM).

The ESPI project received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in 2014 and was officially launched in October 2014.

ESPI research team


Pilot projects being followed


SABSA Cooperative

SPOT, Clinique communautaire et d’enseignement

Mission Bon accueil

GMF Marguerite d’Youville, Site des Hauts-Bois

UMF et GMF Notre-Dame

CLSC Parc Extension

GMF des Seigneuries