The TRANSFORMATION primary health care patient experiences survey

A new detailed report presents the results of the first application of a refined patient-experience survey tool to compare PHC performance. The survey is largely based on previous work led by the Canadian Institute for Health Information that identified key indicators for PHC. The new report focuses primarily on the aggregation of multiple patient experience indicators and scales into overarching PHC performance dimensions; these were created to facilitate the sharing of results with key stakeholders.

Collaboration opportunity: Co-Designing Relational Continuity Interventions for Inner City Patients Experiencing Hospital-Primary Care Transitions

Dr. Ginetta Salvalaggio of the University of Alberta is seeking collaborations with primary care researchers in Canadian cities who have interest in transitions in care, urban underserved populations, or (ideally) both.

Project overview: Patients who receive care from a steady team of professionals do better than patients without continuity of care. Unfortunately, despite their poor health and many health care needs, inner city patients have less continuity of care than other patients. Continuity between the hospital and the patient’s primary care home is especially important during and shortly after a hospital admission, yet little work has focused on the best way to support continuity during this transition period. Our research will a) involve inner city patients, hospital professionals, and primary care professionals in designing supports for the hospital-community transition period and b) explore the processes involved in getting such supports ready for implementation.

More details

Effective Participation in New Models of Care: Primary Care Networks and Patient Medical Homes

BC-PHCRN is pleased to be hosting a post-conference workshop at the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research annual health policy conference.

Friday, March 8, 2019
1:00 to 4:30 pm
$100 for conference attendees ($75 for students), or $125 as a stand-alone workshop. Lunch included for all options.

Team-based care is a vision for the future of primary care in British Columbia, which includes implementing patient medical homes (PMH) and primary care networks (PCNs) across the province. A PCN is a clinical network of local primary care service providers located in a geographical area, with PMHs as the foundation. A PMH is a family practice that operates at an ideal level to provide longitudinal patient care, and is the foundation of care delivery in an integrated system of primary and community care and PCNs in local communities. Family doctors are moving towards the PMH model of care in part by using patient data to inform and plan proactive care, and by participating in PCNs.

This workshop will help family physicians and policymakers to understand the tools and resources available to assist them in participating fully in PCNs and PMHs. It will also demonstrate how PCNs can be implemented and evaluated to ensure the new model of care continues to learn and improve from the data it produces.

Registration is open.

Questions? Please email Alexandra Warren.

Welcome Gillian Bartlett, ED of the SPOR PIHCI Network Coordinating Office

We are delighted to announce that Gillian Bartlett will be the new Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation Network Coordinating Office Executive Director. Dr. Bartlett is a full professor at McGill University in Montreal as well as the Research and Graduate Programs Director and the Associate Chair in the Department of Family Medicine.

She received her PhD in epidemiology from McGill in 2001. Dr. Bartlett specializes in primary care research and knowledge translation. She will start March 1, 2019.

Sabrina Wong and Onil Bhattacharyya
Co-chairs, National Coordinating Office


gillian bartlettDr. Gillian Bartlett is a tenured Professor as well as the Research and Graduate Programs Director and the Associate Chair in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University. She received her PhD in epidemiology from McGill in 2001 and her MSc in 1996. In 2014, she was awarded the Carrie M. Derick Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Supervision for McGill University and the Faculty of Medicine Honour List for Educational Excellence. Dr. Bartlett specializes in primary care research and knowledge translation. Her current concentration is on knowledge translation and stakeholder engagement around health care utilization and outcomes for vulnerable populations; implementation of precision medicine using patient-oriented strategies; and the use of education innovations to advance the discipline of family medicine and primary care.

CBPHC 12 Teams and PIHCIN Joint Meeting

The joint meeting of the Community-Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC) 12-Teams
and the SPOR PIHCI network will be held December 6-7, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec.

The 12 CBPHC 12-Teams were funded by CIHR in 2012 to conduct programmatic cross-jurisdictional innovative research. As the funding is now coming to an end, the 12-Teams are gathering for a final meeting to share their findings and discuss the future of primary health care research in Canada. PIHCI is a network of networks focused on fostering an alliance between research, policy, and practice in primary health care. There are currently 11 PIHCI networks across Canada (BC-PHCRN is one). PIHCIN will be working to continue the work of the 12-Teams.

Webinar Jan 14: The PREFeR (PRioritiEs For Research) project: Identifying patient priorities for primary care research in British Columbia

The BC SUPPORT unit is hosting a webinar on January 14, 2019 at noon on the PREFeR project:

Patients need to be part of the very early stages of research when ideas are identified and prioritized, but this doesn’t often happen. The PREFeR project team includes members of the BC-Primary Care Research Network Patient Advisory along with researcher partners. Together we took a structured approach to identify topics for future primary care research from the patient perspective, as well as explore how patient and primary care provider ratings of the importance of these topics compared.

This webinar will describe the process we used to identify topics, survey broader groups of patients as well as providers, and collaboratively interpret results. We will discuss the topics identified and how these can inform future research questions.

Presented by: Ruth Lavergne

Details: https://bcsupportunit.ca/events-training/prefer-priorities-research-project-identifying-patient-priorities-primary-care

Report from September 2018 BC-PHCRN Strategic Planning Session

BC-PHCRN held a strategic planning meeting on September 7, 2018. BC-PHCRN began operations in June 2015, and its initial grant period is five years. Summer 2018 marks halfway through the grant period (funding expires May 2020), so it was prudent for the BC-PHCRN to take its mid-term pulse and revise its strategic plan and operational priorities.

The purpose of the meeting was to identify strategic priorities on which to focus BC-PHCRN resources for the remaining 2.5 years of the grant period, and to develop specific goals and methods to address these priorities.

Download the report detailing the results of the meeting.

Seeking members for the BC-PHCRN Patient Advisory

The BC-PHCRN Patient Advisory is made up of approximately 10 patient partners from across the province who assist with the operations, development and leadership of the BC-PHCRN. The Patient Advisory has also been instrumental in the PRioritiEs for Research (PREFeR) project, which isolated patient-identified priorities for future primary care research in BC and compared the importance rankings of these priorities between patients and primary care providers.

For 2019, the Patient Advisory Group will be assisting the network with passing on the results of BC-PHCRN funded research projects. This may include editing project results summaries, sending results to your networks, participating in conferences etc. There may also be some engagement with outside research projects as opportunities arise. We are seeking three new patient partners from the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.

For more details, please view this opportunity on the
Patient Voices Network.

Introducing two international visiting scholars

UBC and the BC-PHCRN are currently hosting two international scholars studying primary health care reform.

Janise Braga Barros Ferreira is a Professor in the Department of Social Medicine of the Medical School of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo (FMRP-USP). Before entering academia, she worked as a public health physician for twelve years, primarily in health management for the implementation of the Brazilian national public health system, the Unified Health System.

Currently, her research group at FMRP-USP is studying vulnerable populations in the context of primary care (rural settlements, vulnerable communities, small cities and prison health) and issues related to health planning, evaluation, and management, with an emphasis on primary care and chronic diseases. The main objective of the research is to support decision-makers to include the specific needs of vulnerable populations in public health policies, guided by principles of universality, integrality, equity and social participation.

At UBC, Janise plans to learn more about addressing health inequalities, assessing primary care performance, and the organization of primary care in BC. Contact her at janise.ferreira@ubc.ca.

Ruimei Liang is Director of the Nursing Humanities Teaching and Research Section at Foshan University in China. In recent years, a People-Centered Integrated Care (PCIC) model for primary care provision has been adopted in China, and her research addresses how to establish family doctor teams and community-based medical alliances, and how to evaluate and improve their performance.

At UBC, Ruimei is studying Patient Medical Home (PMH) and other primary health care (PHC) models in Canada, and analyzing the differences and similarities in PHC between Canada and China, hoping to find new and better ways to promote PHC reform in China. She plans to survey family doctors in Canada to better understand how they think about PMH and the barriers they face in PMH implementation.

Ruimei also interested in physical and mental health of children and adolescents. Her research involves community and family care, children and adolescents’ health literacy, post-traumatic stress disorder, and the quality of life of children and adolescents with cancer. She works to promote the integration of mental health care into PHC, and has studied simple and effective tools for mental health screening, especially for younger children.

Contact her at ruimei.liang@ubc.ca.