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Table 1 Characteristics of the cancer networks participating in the study

From: Collaborative governance in the Quebec Cancer Network: a realist evaluation of emerging mechanisms of institutionalization, multi-level governance, and value creation using a longitudinal multiple case study design

Cancer network (microcase) 1 2 3 4
Geographic location Rural/Semi-urban area Metropolitan area Metropolitan area Rural/Semi-urban/Urban area
Surface (km2) > 10,000 < 100 < 100 > 1000
Population (N) > 400,000 < 400,000 > 400,000 < 400,000
Cancer services offered
 Radiotherapy As per inter-regional service agreement In the region In the region At the Integrated Cancer Centre
 Integrated Cancer Centre Launched No No Yes
Networked healthcare settings
 Hospitals (N) 5 2 3 2
 Community health centresa (N) 26 8 6 7
 Family medicine groupsb (N) 39 7 12 10
Network development stage Emergent Emergent Intermediary Mature
  1. aCentre local de services communautaires (CLSC); bInclude Groupe de médecine de famille (GMF); Unités de médecine familiale (UMF), et Groupe de médecine de famille universitaire (GMF-U)