The Cooperative Information Project: Part 1: A sentinel practice network for service and research in primary care

J Fam Pract. 1981 Oct;13(5):641-9.


This is the first of two papers describing the Primary Care Cooperative Information Project (COOP Project), a program that integrates the interests of community physicians, medical school faculty, and health policymakers. This integration has been accomplished through the uniting of 44 rural medical practices in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont with faculty at Dartmouth Medical School in clinical research, quality assurance, practice management, and continuing medical education activities. This paper describes the structure, goals, and history of the COOP Project, together with the design, cost, and output of its computerized medical information system.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Family Practice
  • Information Systems / organization & administration*
  • Medical Records*
  • New England
  • Practice Management, Medical*
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration*