L-R: Marilyn Culbert, Chad Dickie, Regina Cid, Ruth Lavergne, Melody Monro, Penny Henderson, Hayley Pelletier, Brenda Jagroop, Louisa Edwards, Kent Cadogan Loftsgard, Ravin Singh, Tara Fitzgerald. Missing: Yaron Butterfield.
Primary care is where most people go first for medical help and advice when they have a health issue. It is provided by health care professionals, like family doctors, nurses, and nurse practitioners.
Despite the fact that much of primary care research focuses on studying patient needs and gaps in care, patients are not frequently included in prioritizing research ideas. To remedy this, the PREFeR Project aims to identify patient-generated priorities for primary care research in BC, and compare patient and clinician perspectives. The project is by co-led by Louisa Edwards, Melody Monro, and Ruth Lavergne, in collaboration with the BC-PHCRN Patient Advisory – a diverse group of 10 patients from all five health authorities in BC. Learn more about the Patient Advisory.
Through a guided series of steps, the Patient Advisory brainstormed nearly 100 primary care experiences that stood out for them, which were grouped into core themes. Patients then reviewed, discussed, and individually ranked the 10 most important themes. The pooled results revealed the group’s top priorities for primary care.
The PREFeR team are preparing a short online survey (5-10 minutes) for patients and health care professionals in BC to vote on their top priorities for primary care research to address. If you would like the link for the survey once it’s ready, please email Louisa Edwards.
The PREFeR team is grateful to the BC-PCHRN Patient Advisory for spearheading the PREFeR process. We acknowledge the support of the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Patient-Oriented Research Collaboration, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and the BC SUPPORT Unit.