About the Network

The BC Primary Health Care Research Network (BC-PHCRN) is a network node in the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Canadian Primary Care Research Network (CPCRN), designed to support evidence-informed transformation of the delivery of primary and integrated health care.

The BC-PHCRN was originally part of a pan-Canadian Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network (PIHCIN) initiative that was launched in November 2013 by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) program. The pan-Canadian primary care network had an initial focus on individuals with complex health needs for whom integrated care is critical to improve patient experience and health, health equity, and health system outcomes. The PIHCI Network was replaced by the Canadian Primary Care Research Network (CPCRN) in 2022. The BC-PHCRN is funded by CIHR with matching funds from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR).

The goal of BC-PHCRN is to encourage, facilitate, and support collaborations between government, health authorities, health professionals, patients and researchers. The Network aims to seek out, develop, and facilitate adoption of health care innovations to improve BC’s health care delivery system.