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Table 1 Feasibility criteria and pre-defined thresholds for determining feasibility

From: “They heard our voice!” patient engagement councils in community-based primary care practices: a participatory action research pilot study

Feasibility dimension Criteria Threshold
Process issues Retention of CBPCP and council members throughout the study The 2 CBPCPs are still involved in the study at the end of the 12-month process
Number of meetings planned and held during the 12-month study period At least four out of the six planned meetings take place
Attendance of council members At least six patients, the clinic manager and the clinician attend each meeting
Resource issues Time required to recruit council members and organize meetings Total time to complete recruitment of council members is under 6 months
Communication between research team and council members The CBPCPs are able to respond to the study coordinator’s requests and organize meetings
Resources needed to organize and hold all meetings Resources needed to organize meetings and compensate council members are covered by the study funding
Management issues Acceptability of meeting format according to study personnel, clinics and council members The research team receives no complaints from clinics, patient-experts or council members about the functioning and agenda of the meetings
Interactions among council members during the meetings Patient-experts do not encounter difficulties in facilitating the meetings.
Capacity to overcome challenges The project overcomes the challenges and proceeds as planned
Scientific issues QI and patient-oriented research topics that are identified during the meetings Each council comes to a consensus on at least one QI topic or patient-oriented research question to be addressed
Projects and actions that are shaped around these topics Proposals are made by council members to respond to identified priorities and to improve services or conduct research projects
  1. Abbreviations: CBPCP community-based primary care practice, QI quality improvement