Poster presentations at NAPCRG conference

The North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) annual meeting was held virtually November 19-23, 2021. A series of posters were presented by BC-PHCRN-related researchers:

Participants’ Experience in using Point of Care Rapid Antigen Testing for SARS-CoV-2
Ndateba I, Wong ST, Tobias E, Romney M, Haase K, Ranger M, Saewyc E, Schwandt M, & Sin DD.
Describes the experience of using a point-of-care rapid antigen test to detect SARS-CoV-2 amongst an asymptomatic population living or working in congregate housing at the University of BC.

Mapping Primary Care in Canada for a Patient Reported Experience and Outcome Measures Survey: OECD PaRIS
Puzhko S, Wong S, Poitras ME, Hanson Y, Macartney G, Schwarz C, Doucet S, Bartlett G.
Describes differences in the provincial approaches to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Patient Reported Indicator Survey (PaRIS) initiative related to the diversity of primary care delivery across Canada.

BC Primary Health Care Research Network
Mudaliar V, Wong S, Oelke N.
Evaluate BC-PHCRN’s accomplishments in relation to the ten deliverables outlined by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and provides an update on the network’s activities.

Building the Foundation for a Practice-based Research Network: Supporting Primary Care Research across Canada
Wong ST, Bartlett G, DeMore J, Beaudry A, Bhattacharyya O.
Describes key components of building the foundation for cross-jurisdictional, practice-based research in Canada.

Recruiting family physicians for a study to identify and provide appropriate information to their COVID-19 vaccine hesitant patients

Our team of family physicians from the University of Ottawa and the Montfort Hospital has partnered with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit multimedia communications team to help you communicate with your patients efficiently and effectively using digital messages.

​The Public Health Agency of Canada has provided funding for an innovative research project using the Canadian Primary Care Information Network (CPIN), an automated patient engagement system for primary care practices, to enable family physicians and nurse practitioners to send messages about practice or COVID-19 related topics to groups of patients by email or text.

Benefits for your patients and for your practice

CPIN allows you to rapidly inform your patients about new procedures for clinic visits, availability of vaccines from COVID-19 to flu, or patient education materials for managing conditions like back pain. It also offers a reliable and confidential system to collect anonymous feedback on patients’ experiences by including a link to a short survey at the end of each message. You can choose from our library of prepared messages and surveys, or you can create your own. This system de-identifies your patient survey responses and reports them back to you, allowing you to better understand your patient’s experiences and information needs.

​As part of our research project, we will include survey questions on COVID-19 vaccination status or interest and reasons for hesitation or lack of interest among your unvaccinated patients who respond. Our team, working with communications and public health experts, will develop messages to address vaccine hesitancy, based on patient characteristics such as age, rurality, etc. and the reasons why they are not vaccinated. These messages will then be sent to groups of patients for whom they are tailored, by email or text message using CPIN. Our researchers will measure whether this tailored and targeted digital communication from primary care providers increases vaccine uptake.

Participation is free and simple

We are recruiting 300 physicians and nurse practitioners with a family/general practice (i.e. not specializing in a narrow set of conditions or treatments) and with their own list of patients. We will offer participating providers the patient outreach, survey and feedback services free for one year. This is a value of $500 per practice (waived one-time fee) and $500 per provider (waived annual fee for the year). We will also compensate each participating provider $125 for their time being oriented on the CPIN system and study.

Find out more

June 2021 BC-PHCRN Update

Greetings from BC-PHCRN. It has been yet another unique and challenging year in BC. We have remained committed to moving forward with research and knowledge translation activities with the goal of improving primary care in BC.

BC-PHCRN is one of 11 networks in a pan-Canadian primary care network, the Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations (PIHCI) Network. Our BC network is funded by CIHR with matching funds from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), the BC Ministry of Health, and the General Practice Services Committee. Our current funding cycle finishes in September 2021 and the renewal process for the next iteration of the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) PIHCI Networks has begun. BC-PHCRN would like to invite our partners and stakeholders to participate in the renewal process in BC. Please contact us at for more information.

In This Update

Partnership with the Innovation Support Unit on

The Innovation Support Unit (ISU) at the UBC Department of Family Medicine supports innovation and improvement in primary care by collaborating with primary care programs and projects and connecting academic knowledge to applied projects. In the spring of 2020 the ISU engaged with the BC-PHCRN Advisory Committee and Patient Advisory in a prioritization exercise to inform evaluation planning for Primary Care Networks, as part of a learning cycle with the BC Ministry of Health. More recently, the ISU launched the COVID Immunization Preparedness Primary Care Clinic Toolkit (, with national and province-specific content. The toolkit includes a section on identifying eligible patients that was informed by collaboration with the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN), the BC arm of which is part of BC-PHCRN. The toolkit provides resources to support primary care clinics to use electronic medical record data to stratify patients according to their risk of complications from COVID-19. The resource includes instructions for using CPCSSN data (automated), as well as step by step instructions for practices to do this manually. These resources support clinicians to prioritize vaccinations for their patients.

SPOR PIHCI Network Learning Series 2020-2021

The PIHCI Network Coordinating Office presented an online seminar series throughout the past year. Each session features a different provincial or territorial PIHCI network as host. The format includes an expert presentation, followed by a panel discussion (including at least one patient partner), and an open Q&A. One of the speakers at session 5, which focused on PREMs (patient-reported experience measures) and PROMs (patient-reported outcome measures) in primary health care (April 27, 2021), was Sabrina Wong, BC-PHCRN Science Lead, talking about implementation of internationally comparable patient-reported indicators in Canada. All sessions are recorded, and the recordings and the details of upcoming sessions are available on the national PIHCI network website.

Collaboration to Deliver Point of Care SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Testing

BC-PHCRN collaborated with UBC nursing students, UBC student residences, UBC student health services, and Vancouver Coastal Health public health teams to offer point of care SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen test using BD Veritor technology in the Orchard Commons residence on UBC campus during the winter 2021 term. The rapid antigen testing model using BD Veritor was shared with rural Divisions of Family Practice and multiple post secondary institutions across BC and Canada. A summer clinic is currently underway – the first in Canada to use the Roche SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test Kit in a university setting. The summer clinic includes a clinical trial component testing the feasibility of offering self-administered rapid tests. If you are asymptomatic and live or work at UBC, you are eligible for testing.

A Learning Health System for Physician Quality Improvement

BC-PHCRN is working with the Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice in BC’s Interior region to create indicators to help physicians with quality improvement, targeting accessibility, relational continuity, screening and prevention, and patient experience. Ask us to learn more!

For CPCSSN Sentinels: New Diabetes Dashboard in the Data Presentation Tool

Primary care providers that are part of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN) have access to the Data Presentation Tool to visualize patient information and clinician practice patterns for quality improvement. We have added a Diabetes Dashboard, which has dedicated reports for managing diabetes patients. We have created new short, targeted video clips to orient clinicians to the various quality improvement features of the Data Presentation Tool. Learn more on the CPCSSN website and YouTube channel.

BC-PHCRN has also continued to be involved in development of CPCSSN as the backbone of an information infrastructure for primary care to assist with health system performance assessment. For example, CPCSSN data managers sought to understand how COVID-19 test results are stored in the various different electronic medical record systems in preparation for extracting those data in spring 2021.

OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) Patient-Reported Indicator Survey

The Canadian OECD Patient-Reported Indicator Survey (PaRIS) working group is comprised of SPOR PIHCIN provincial/territorial leads, Canada’s representative to the OECD PaRIS advisory group, and a Health Canada representative. Objectives include the ability to systematically collect data on what matters most to patients and report internationally comparable health care outcomes and experiences of adults with chronic conditions who are treated in primary/ambulatory care through indicators reported by patients themselves and that can be repeatedly measured over time. BC-PHCRN patients are providing input into governance, research, and research priorities. To learn more, listen to the PIHCI Network Learning Series presentation on PREMs and PROMS in primary care.

Canadian Quick COVID-19 Primary Care and Physiotherapy Surveys

In April 2020, BC-PHCRN led the SPOR PICHI Network in launching a primary care survey to understand the impact of COVID-19 on primary care practices. Initially the survey ran on a weekly basis (open for four days each time), to be able to capture the current and evolving state of primary care in BC during the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 12 survey cycles were conducted and results and an accompanying infographic are available on the PIHCIN website.

In May 2020, BC-PHCRN launched a similar pan-Canadian survey to examine the impact of COVID-19 on physiotherapists, including their contributions to the containment and management of COVID-19, as well as their stresses and challenges during this time. Results are available on the BC-PHCRN website.

Help Needed to Refine a Tool to Measure Patient-Oriented Research

The Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR) is looking for researchers, patient partners, and decision-makers to assist in the refinement of a tool to measure patient-oriented research via participation in an online survey. The SCPOR Team has created an objective and replicable measure for determining how well proposed research meets the Canadian Institutes of Health Research definition of patient-oriented research. This measure is known as the Patient-Oriented Research Level of Engagement Tool, or the “PORLET.” The PORLET was initially designed to help grant review committees evaluate patient-oriented research grant proposals and has been used for this purpose on multiple occasions. It is also used to help explain patient-oriented research to those new to the process or to assist those who require supportive guidelines during the grant-writing phase of research proposals. Your participation is completely voluntary and is estimated to take between 30-40 minutes. Any information you provide will be anonymous. Patient Partners who complete the survey are eligible for an honorarium in acknowledgment of their time. Access the survey here.


The BC Primary Health Care Research Network (BC-PHCRN) is one of 11 Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations (PIHCI) networks in Canadian jurisdictions designed to support evidence-informed transformation of the delivery of primary and integrated health care.

The goal of the BC-PHCRN is to encourage, facilitate, and support collaborations between government, health authorities, health professionals, patients and researchers in order to improve BC’s health care delivery system. The BC-PHCRN is an open network and welcomes individuals from all sectors involved in primary health care – researchers, patients, health care providers and policy makers.

The BC arm of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN) is housed within BC-PHCRN, where we specifically reach out and work with primary care clinicians (e.g., family physicians, nurse practitioners, etc.) to provide analytic support of electronic medical record data for purposes of practice quality improvement, disease surveillance and research. BC CPCSSN is supported by the General Practice Service Committee.

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To become a member of BC-PHCRN or to join CPCSSN, email us at or click here.

Please share this update with colleagues who you think may be interested in our activities. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions.

Are you a RN working in primary care or have worked in primary care? You are invited to participate in a survey

Researchers at the University of BC and Interior Health would like to invite you to take part in a survey to provide valuable information about your role as a primary care nurse and training that you have completed for this role. These results will help us to better understand the training and education needs for nurses working in primary care settings. They will assist in developing educational and training programs for nurses practicing in primary care settings.

You can participate if you are a:

  • Registered nurse currently working in a primary care setting in BC
  • Registered nurse who has worked in a primary care setting within the last 5 years in BC

There are two parts to the survey:

  • Part 1 – questions about yourself
  • Part 2 – asks questions about your work in primary care, training and orientation completed prior to and during the time of your practice in primary care, and about education needed for registered nurses considering practicing in this area.

Access the survey here:

If you have questions about the survey or would like to receive more information, please contact Nelly Oelke or Sean Garden (contact information is listed below).

We look forward to receiving your response.

Nelly D. Oelke
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Okanagan
Telephone: 250-807-9880 or email:

Sean Garden
Research Assistant, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Okanagan
Telephone: 250-807-9948 or email:

Call for Applications: Nominated Principal Applicant for Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network (PIHCIN)

Funded in 2014, the Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network (PIHCIN) is a pan-Canadian “network of networks” that was created to support patient-oriented, evidence-informed transformation and delivery of more cost effective primary and integrated health care to improve patient experience and health, health equity and health system outcomes for individuals with, and at risk of developing, complex health needs.

The PIHCIN is funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research through the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR). Currently, the PIHCIN consists of 11 provincial and territorial networks, each with their own governance structures and CIHR-matched funding. Each provincial/territorial network is directed by a tripartite leadership team (researcher, clinician, and policy maker), with patient partner involvement. These networks are autonomous and are responsible for activities and initiatives at the provincial/territorial level. Pan-Canadian activities are coordinated by the Network Leadership Council and supported by the Network Coordinating Office. The governance structure also includes a Pan-Canadian Patient Council.

The PIHCIN is preparing to apply for renewed funding for a five-year term and is looking for a Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) to lead this process and guide the network once is it funded. The PIHCIN is committed to:

  • Engaging patients as partners in governance and research
  • A collaborative leadership model
  • Fostering the creation of learning health systems to improve the uptake of innovations into practice and policy

In collaboration with the Network Leadership Council, the successful NPA will have the ability, skills, time, and passion to:

  • develop the proposal for PIHCIN 2.0 to CIHR, acting as lead applicant;
  • develop a plan for Phase II of the funding from CIHR (2021-2026);
  • act as the PIHCIN’s representative to CIHR, other SPOR entities, and other relevant organizations;
  • develop a plan for sustainability after Phase II.

The following criteria outlines the required and desirable profiles the Selection Committee considers relevant to the position of NPA.

Required profile:

  • Nominated Principal Investigator/Applicant on a CIHR-funded grant, currently or in the past;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the primary health care system in Canada;
  • Demonstrated experience with, and passion for patient-oriented research and learning health systems;
  • Demonstrated capability to lead a diverse group of stakeholders with different areas of expertise and different approaches to getting work done;
  • Leadership experience within a non-hierarchical governance structure, including the ability to work and build consensus;
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Experience working with interdisciplinary teams, patient partners, decision makers at all levels, primary health care practitioners, and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate, facilitate, delegate, encourage, communicate, build trust, and resolve conflict to accomplish team goals;
  • Experience leading teams in a complex grant environment, similar to the PIHCI Networks;
  • Demonstrated success in knowledge translation and exchange with multiple stakeholder groups;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.

Desirable characteristics:

  • Clinical, researcher, or decision maker experience in primary health care;
  • Experience managing multi-institutional or multi-jurisdictional grants;
  • Demonstrated understanding, knowledge, and recognition of the experiential knowledge of Indigenous people and other equity-seeking populations;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the trajectories of patients and an in-depth understanding of the issues associated with their experiences in the health care system, including in primary health care settings;
  • PIHCI Selection Committee – May 11, 2021
  • Experience leading collaborations with patient partners and in implementing, evaluating, or researching collaborative people-centred care; • Experience with learning health system initiatives;
  • Bilingual (French and English);
  • Previous success in securing matching funds for grants.

Note: The NPA of the PIHCI Network can be a Lead for a provincial/territorial network.

How to apply

To submit your application, please include the following:

  • CCV (Biosketch)
  • One page overview of your most significant contributions related to this position (single space)
  • Cover letter
  • Contact information for 2-3 references

Please send documents electronically to the attention of the Selection Committee no later than June 1, 2021 to

PIHCIN partners invite women, Indigenous people, visible minorities, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities to apply. During recruitment, our selection tools can be adapted according to the needs of people with disabilities who request them. Please be assured of the confidentiality of this information. PIHCIN partners promote the inclusion and diversity of its staff and encourage people of all orientations and gender identities to apply.

PIHCI Network Learning Series: PREMs & PROMs in Primary Health Care

The Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network (PIHCIN) is pleased to host the fifth session in a series of learning seminars on primary care on April 27, 2021.

Sabrina Wong, Professor in the UBC School of Nursing and Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, will speak about the implementation of internationally comparable patient-reported indicators in Canada via the OECD PaRIS (Patient-Reported Indicator Survey) Project.

Andrew Pinto, Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, will discuss screening for poverty and related social determinants, and intervening to improve knowledge of and links to resources.

Mrs Olive Bryanton & Mrs Lynne Mansell will participate in the panel, in their role as patient partners.

Learn more:

September 2020 BC-PHCRN Update

Greetings from the BC-PHCRN. Undoubtedly it’s been a unique and challenging year for all of us in BC – and around the globe! Here at BC-PHCRN we have continued to move forward with timely and relevant research and knowledge translation initiatives to contribute to our overall mission of improving primary care in BC. In this update we would like to share some highlights from this past spring and summer. Please enjoy this newsletter and share with your colleagues and friends.

In this Update

SPOR-PIHCI Network 2020 Summer Learning Series and New Fall Learning Series

Between June and August 2020, the PIHCI Network Coordinating Office launched the first PIHCI Network Summer Learning Series. This included seven different sessions hosted by various provincial or territorial PIHCI Networks. Expert presentations were followed by a panel discussion (including at least one patient partner) with open Q & A from the audience. Topics ranged from the current state of primary care research to early COVID-19 research results in Canada and the United States.

BC-PHCRN hosted session 4 featuring Dr. Rebecca Etz from The Larry A. Green Center and Virginia Commonwealth University, who shared the Quick COVID-19 Primary Care surveys – highlighting both clinician and patient experiences in the pandemic, a project that has evolved to include multiple international collaborations. Recordings from all of the sessions and power point slides are available here.

After the success of the Summer Learning Series, SPOR-PICHI will soon be launching a Fall Learning Series. Keep an eye on the SPOR-PIHCIN national website for details.

Canadian Quick COVID-19 Primary Care Surveys

In April 2020 the SPOR PIHCI Network, in partnership with the Larry A. Green Center, launched the Canadian Quick COVID-19 Primary Care Survey. This survey has now had 11 cycles and the results are being used to inform policy makers and medical associations in BC and across Canada. In Cycle 11, we asked primary care providers what they needed to prepare for the fall within the context of the ongoing pandemic. They replied: a reliable supply of PPE, continuation of virtual care codes, and guidance and direction on what primary care ought to be doing as Canada heads into its flu season. We shred this information with provincial medical associations and policy makers across BC and Canada.

The current 4-minute survey is open September 18-21. Please click here to fill out the survey. We want to hear from you on what is needed to support your work during COVID-19.

BC-PHCRN Website Updates

This past spring we added some new sections to the BC-PHCRN website to highlight our researcher and organizational partners. Please take a look and read about the exciting work these BC-PHCRN stakeholders are currently working on to improve the health of British Columbians!

BC-PHCRN and ISU Collaboration

An online session held on April 8, 2020 aimed to contribute to the Innovation Support Unit’s (ISU) work on Primary Care Network (PCN) evaluation, specifically to help determine the scope of PCN evaluation, including what should be measured in the short term (6-12 months) and medium to long term (2-5 years) to enable evaluation if PCNs are working effectively. Using an active link, participants completed the online prioritization exercise by looking at a 28 diverse ‘buckets’ or concepts and prioritizing these according to what they thought were most important for PCN evaluation. Examples of concepts included: access to care, provider experience, patient experience, care coordination, and equitable services. Real time graphs were created that showed how certain buckets were prioritized by this group. This session with the BC-PHCRN Advisory Committee and Patient Advisory contributed to the ISU’s overall findings from Learning Cycle 5 and was combined with input other stakeholder sessions and provided to the BC Ministry of Health to inform PCN evaluation framework. The ISU and BC-PHCRN continue to support evaluation planning in the BC Ministry of Health.

Working Together to Build a Learning Health System in Kootenay Boundary

A collaboration led by the Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice and Interior Health Authority with the BC-PHCRN and Population Data BC aims to advance Primary Care Network (PCN) analysis and evaluation. The purpose is to build a foundational piece of a learning health system for the Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice and PCN. The project is proceeding in three phases:

Phase one: In moving towards a learning health system, primary care providers in Kootenay Boundary are accessing technology developed by the BC arm of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN), which is housed with BC-PHCRN. This technology uses the “extract-transform-load” processes with electronic medical record (EMR) data and then presents it to clinicians in a secure web-based form known as the Data Presentation Tool (DPT). The DPT facilitates in-depth visualization of physicians’ own patient panels allowing them to be able to conduct practice level quality improvement initiatives. Examples of DPT capabilities include: creating validated chronic disease registries, examination of practice patterns (i.e. medication prescription), and characterizing complex patients (e.g. multi-morbidity). The DPT can display data at the individual clinician, practice, and Kootenay Boundary levels.

Currently BC-PHCRN is onboarding all primary care clinics situated within Kootenay Boundary PCN. This has involved conducting a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) with Interior Health, regular meetings with Kootenay Boundary Division leadership, and numerous teleconferences with Kootenay Boundary physicians and other clinicians. Participation of clinicians is voluntary. Patients allowing their data to be part of this project is also voluntary. All clinics post project information posters and distribute information letters to patients. BC-PHCRN provides support to office mangers/lead clinicians at each clinic to ensure smooth uptake.

Phase two: In phase two, EMR data (primary care and specialist) in the Kootenay Boundary community will be linked to Health Authority and Ministry data to examine patients’ journeys across the healthcare system. Physicians will be able to answer questions such as, “what was the impact of adding a chronic disease management clinic in my practice on total health system resource utilization?” or “did changes to how we collaborate with specialist and health authority services impact patients’ wait times for specialist appointments?” To enable this process, Kootenay Boundary family physicians will be asked if they would like to link their data to Interior Health data. This will require the signing of appropriate information sharing agreements and extraction of an identifying file for the purposes of linking.

Phase three: In phase three, family physicians will be asked if they wish to allow a copy of their de-identified data to become part of the larger pan-Canadian CPCSSN repository to provide additional comparative data for clinicians across Canada and enable robust research and communicable/non-communicable disease surveillance (e.g. COVID-19; antimicrobial resistance to antibiotics among those diagnosed with a urinary tract infection in the community).

For CPCSSN Sentinels: New Data Presentation Tool (DPT) Instructional Video Clips

The CPCSSN team has been hard at work creating new short, targeted video clips to orient clinicians to the various quality improvement features of the DPT. This rigorous tool allows visualization of patient information and clinician practice patterns. It has integrated algorithms for 13 chronic diseases (e.g. depression, diabetes, osteoarthritis, Parkinson’s) which can assist in creating disease registries and other aspects of panel management and optimization.

The DPT videos range from 2 to 5 minutes and are aimed at maximizing clinicians’ use of the DPT. Shorter videos provide a general overview of components including the DPT Dashboard, and the Search and Reports pages. Longer video provide step-by-step guides to help clinicians utilize more advanced DPT features including Re-identification and Custom Searches.

These videos can found on the CPCSSN websiteand the CPCSSN YouTube channel.

Study Recruiting Primary Care Providers to Better Understand Lyme Disease in Canada

A new study aiming to better understand the perspectives, experiences, beliefs, and knowledge of health practitioners on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Lyme disease in Canada is seeking primary care providers to participate in 30-45 minute interviews. For further information please contact Madison Robertson or Dr. Rylan Egan.

About the BC-PHCRN

The BC Primary Health Care Research Network (BC-PHCRN) is one of 11 Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations (PIHCI) networks in Canadian jurisdictions designed to support evidence-informed transformation of the delivery of primary and integrated health care.

The goal of the BC-PHCRN is to encourage, facilitate, and support collaborations between government, health authorities, health professionals, patients and researchers in order to improve BC’s health care delivery system. The BC-PHCRN is an open network and welcomes individuals from all sectors involved in primary health care – researchers, patients, health care providers and policy makers.

The BC arm of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN) is housed within BC-PHCRN, where we specifically reach out and work with primary care clinicians (e.g., family physicians, nurse practitioners, etc.) to provide analytic support of electronic medical record data for purposes of practice quality improvement, disease surveillance and research. BC CPCSSN is supported by the General Practice Service Committee.

Follow us on Twitter @BC_PHCRN.

To become a member of BC-PHCRN or to join CPCSSN, email us at or click here.

How Do We Improve Care for Cancer Survivors?

Are you a family/friend caregiver for an individual who has completed treatment for cancer? If so, you may be interested in taking part in a Nova Scotia Health Authority study.

They are looking to interview family/friend caregivers of cancer survivors, and would like to talk about your views on what you feel is most important after a family member has received cancer treatment.

Participation in this study would involve one (1) telephone interview (45 minutes) with a researcher from the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

If you are interested and want more information, please contact Sarah Dickieson at 902-473-7290 or

How can we use AI to improve primary health care? To address COVID-19? Opportunity to participate in a study

The Upstream Lab at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, ON is conducting a virtual study to understand what patients, providers, and health system leaders think about the use of AI technology in primary health care settings. Participants will identify priority areas for research and development in this area through four progressive rounds of dialogue with other primary care stakeholders.

We are inviting primary care providers currently practicing in any Canadian primary health care setting to participate. Knowledge of AI is not required. There are no restrictions by practice location or health profession; we welcome the participation of both physician and non-physician primary care providers.

By agreeing to participate in this study, you will be asked to:

  1. attend at least one 90-minute virtual group discussion session, called a dialogue. Dialogues will be hosted on a weekday in September and October; multiple times are available. All participants are welcome to participate in up to three sessions.
  2. complete a 30-minute online informational module.
  3. complete a short survey at the end of each session about your experience.

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary and you can withdraw at any time. Your decision to participate, not participate, or withdraw from the study will not affect your employment. Information collected for this study will be used for research purposes only and will be kept confidential unless required by law.

If you are interested in participating in this study or learning more, please contact Tara Upshaw, the coordinator for this study, at (416) 864-6060 (ex. 77468), or send an email to

Summer Learning Series Session 4 (July 28): Quick COVID-19 Primary Care Surveys: Clinician and Patient Experiences in the Pandemic

The Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network (PIHCIN) and the Pan-Canadian Patient Advisory Council are pleased to host the fourth session in a series of summer learning seminars on primary care on July 28, 2020.

On March 19, 2020, The Green Center, in partnership with the Primary Care Collaborative, launched a weekly quick clinician survey to better understand the response and capacity of US primary care practices to COVID-19. In early May 2020, they also began the COVID-19 patient primary care survey seeking to understand the experiences of patients seeking primary care in the pandemic. In collaboration with the Green Center, the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation Network (SPOR-PIHCIN) has launched parallel pan-Canadian surveys. 

Dr. Rebecca Etz and panelists will discuss the key findings from the Quick COVID-19 Primary Care Surveys. They will explain how these results are being used to inform policy that could positively influence the lives of primary care clinicians. The clinician survey is now being done in the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

Learn more:

The full slate of webinars in this series is listed here, with links for registration: