Research and quality improvement collaboration: Supporting practices in improving care for complex older patients

Participate in a learning collaborative to reduce polypharmacy in complex elderly patients.
March 8, 2023 | 5:00-7:00 pm | In-person: 1190 Hornby St, Vancouver | Virtual: via Zoom

This hybrid session is an associated event with the 2023 Centre for Health Services and Policy Research Health Policy Conference, but will NOT be held at the conference venue, but rather at Providence Health Care offices at 1190 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC. Register for the session when you register for the conference, OR register via Zoom.

More than one in four Canadians 65 years of age or older are prescribed 10+ unique medications per year. Are you interested in improving care for complex elderly patients by reducing polypharmacy? This is an opportunity to participate in a 12-month learning collaborative quality improvement project named SPIDER (Structured Process Informed by Data, Evidence, and Research) for interested primary care teams across BC.


  1. To recognize and respond to the complex care needs pertaining to elderly patients living with polypharmacy
  2. To apply the science of quality improvement to facilitate changes and measure impact to optimize patient care

Who Should Attend
Primary care physicians and nurse practitioners participating in the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network and interested in polypharmacy should attend, as should researchers and others interested in polypharmacy.

Preliminary Agenda
5:00 pm | Welcome and introductions
5:10 pm | Speakers’ panel
5:40 pm | Small group discussion
6:00 pm | Response from panelists
6:10 pm | Large group & panel discussion (local examples)
6:20 pm | Wrap-up
6:30 pm | Close

The workshop will be led by Drs Rubee Dev and Alex Singer of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network.

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