Gilles Lavoie

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Despite the potential benefits of using prescription claims databases for pharmacoepidemiological research, little work has been reported on the nature of available information or its accuracy. The purpose of this study was to describe information contained within the prescription claims database in Québec, and to assess the accuracy of drug information(More)
Damaged articular cartilage (AC) impairs joint function and many treatment techniques are being investigated to determine their long term results. Successful cryopreservation of AC can provide a reliable source of intact matrix with viable chondrocytes to maintain the cartilage over long periods of time. This study investigated the application of an(More)
The Quebec Patient Smart Card Project is a Provincial Government initiative under the responsibility of the Rgie de l'assurance-maladie du Québec (Quebec Health Insurance Board). Development, implementation, and assessment duties were assigned to a team from Université Laval, which in turn joined a group from the Direction de la santé publique du(More)
In the health field, clinical information is the raw material for the clinician delivering health services. Therefore, the clinical information available to the physician is often incomplete or even non¿existent upon consultation. Furthermore, the reconstruction of the medical history, which is the most important source of data for the clinician to(More)
To evaluate vertebral fracture fixation devices in the laboratory, it is necessary to produce identical and unstable fractures either in anatomic specimen or animal models. Consistent achievement of this goal has not been reported in the literature. This report presents a technique for the study of reproducibility for a particular vertebral fracture model.(More)
The Quebec Health Smart Card Project is advocating the use of a memory card software server[1] (SCAM) to implement a portable medical record (PMR) on a smart card. The PMR is viewed as an object that can be manipulated by SCAM's services. In fact, we can talk about a pseudo-object-oriented approach. This software architecture provides a flexible and(More)
Psychiatric services dispensed according to geographic sectors has been a reality of the Montréal area psychiatric care system for about fifteen years. In a dense urban environment where the territorial limits of sectors do not necessarily follow the borders of residential areas, divisions by sector can create serious access problems. On a different note,(More)