Summary of impact of the 12 Community-Based Primary Healthcare (CBPHC) Innovation Teams

The 12 Community-Based Primary Healthcare (CBPHC) Innovation teams were designed to develop and evaluate innovative models of care that improve the prevention and management of chronic diseases and reduce inequities in access to CBPHC and health outcomes in vulnerable populations. A summary from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) reports on the impacts of the 12 teams from 2013-2019.

Potentially Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing in Canadian Primary Care

In April 2022 the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN) released a report on potentially inappropriate antibiotic prescribing for respiratory tract infections in Canadian primary care. The report represents a collaboration between CPCSSN and Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC), the national voice for reducing unnecessary tests and treatments in Canada. The report contributes to antimicrobial stewardship in Canada by showing baseline prescription patterns of antibiotics before and during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. Data are analyzed from the years 2019 and 2020 for those who had a visit to primary care for either a respiratory or urinary tract infection. A visual research brief and the full report are available on the CPCSSN website.

TBC@UBC network event June 15: Innovative composition of disciplines on healthcare teams

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 | 12:00-1:30 pm PT | Zoom | Register:

How are healthcare teams innovating with, and being impacted by, adding novel disciplines and roles into the team to address prevalent patient needs? What ideas and questions arise from such innovative team composition?

The Pacific Northwest Division of Family Practice has partnered with UBC dietetics and kinesiology programs and other organizations to establish a team-based program called CHANGE BC. The program is led by a family physician who educates patients about the risks of chronic disease and includes a dietitian and kinesiologist who empower them to undertake an individualized supervised program of diet modification and exercise. This approach is a response to local health needs, particularly among Indigenous communities. Where patients want connection to land-based activities, such as harvesting wild food, the program aims to link physical activity and diet elements to those activities, in connection with the community’s culture and traditions.

Panelists representing this unique partnership will engage network members to raise and consider ideas, issues, and questions about developing team-based care with novel disciplines and roles, with special consideration of innovative practices, health professional education, and research.

The formal presentation and question period (60 minutes) will be followed by an opportunity for informal discussion and networking (30 minutes):

  • 12:00-1:00 pm: Panel Presentation and Dialogue
  • 1:00-1:30 pm: Informal Discussion and Networking (optional)

To participate, register at

About the TBC@UBC Network

The TBC@UBC Network, supported by UBC Health, convenes health professionals and leaders, community members, academics, and policymakers to bring forward questions and ideas important for team-based care in BC. The network supports province-wide efforts to enhance team-based care in BC, by enabling participants to learn from each other and connect their efforts, and engaging UBC’s potential to contribute education, research, evaluation, and knowledge translation. Each network event applies a different lens to the themes of research, pedagogy, and practice innovation. To participate in future network activities, or to learn more, visit  Please feel free to circulate this invitation to colleagues and partners who would be interested.

National Diabetes Framework Engagement

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is undertaking a virtual engagement process to support Bill C-237 – An Act to Establish a National Diabetes Framework, which received Royal Assent in June 2021.

The process for engagement is taking several forms including key informant interviews, stakeholder dialogues, and this online engagement where we welcome your ideas and priorities to improve the lives of people affected by diabetes in Canada.

A survey will be available for your input until May 9, 2022.

Job opportunities at Upstream Lab

Research coordinator II to support RCTs including AFTERMATH:

Closes April 14:

Research coordinator II supporting public health systems/pop. health projects including this:

Closes April 26:

We are looking for the next SPOR Primary Care Research Network Executive Director!

The Executive Director (ED) is part of the Executive Management team of the SPOR (Strategy for Patient Oriented Research) Primary Care Research Network (PCRN). The ED is responsible for overseeing day-to-The Executive Director (ED) is part of the Executive Management team of the SPOR (Strategy for Patient Orientated Research) Primary Care Research Network. The ED is responsible for overseeing day-to-day network management, finances, and operations; overseeing network governance; and building partnerships. The ED will work with various primary health care (PHC) partners and groups to achieve the network’s priorities over the life of the five-year grant. The ED will be responsible for ensuring a culture of collaboration and information sharing across the network, working towards alignment of provincial and territorial PHC research priorities. The ED will promote and foster shared purpose amongst network members to ensure the transformative results and priority outcomes the network is aiming for. 

Apply today to become part of our transformative team! Read the full job description and apply here.

Nous recherchons le prochain directeur exécutif ou la prochaine directrice exécutive du Réseau de recherche de soins de première ligne SRAP !

Le directeur exécutif ou la directrice exécutive (DE) fait partie de l’équipe de direction du Réseau de recherche de soins de première ligne SRAP (Stratégie de recherche axée sur le patient). Le ou la DE est chargé.e de superviser la gestion, les finances et les opérations quotidiennes du Réseau, d’en superviser la gouvernance et de créer des partenariats. Cette personne travaillera avec divers partenaires et groupes de soins de santé de première ligne pour réaliser les priorités du Réseau pendant la durée de la subvention de cinq ans. Le ou la DE sera responsable d’assurer une culture de collaboration et de partage de l’information dans l’ensemble du Réseau, en travaillant à l’harmonisation des priorités de recherche provinciales et territoriales en matière de soins de santé de première ligne. Cette personne encouragera les membres du Réseau à partager un objectif commun afin d’obtenir les résultats transformateurs et les résultats prioritaires visés par le éseau.

Postulez dès aujourd’hui pour faire partie de notre équipe transformatrice !

Vous pouvez soumettre votre candidature ici* : (soumission de la candidature en anglais seulement)

*Pour une version en français de la description du poste, veuillez nous contacter à l’adresse suivante :

Implementing Case Management in Primary Care: Findings and reflections from a multi-province SPOR Study

This Special Session of the Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations (PIHCI) Network Learning Series will discuss the PriCARE Study, specifically exploring the implementation of a case management approach in primary care settings in Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. In this study, nurse-led case management is offered to patients with chronic conditions and complex care needs who can be frequent users of the healthcare system. Presenters will highlight the barriers and facilitators identified by clinic managers, nurse case managers, family doctors, and nurse practitioners. Both researchers and patient partners will discuss the implementation analysis that was conducted as well as the findings in order to inform decision makers, care providers, patients, and researchers who are considering implementation of case management in primary care.

March 22, 2022 | 12:00-1:30 PM EST

Catherine Hudon, Principal Investigator
Dana Howse, Research Associate
Alannah Delahunty-Pike, Research Associate
Linda Wilhelm, Patient Partner
Donna Rubenstein, Patient Partner

Please submit any questions to

TBC@UBC Network hosting an interactive online session on team-based care and virtual communication

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
12:00-1:00 pm PST
Register here

The TBC@UBC Network, supported by UBC Health, convenes health professionals and leaders, community members, academics, and policymakers to bring forward questions and ideas important for team-based care in BC. The network supports province-wide efforts to enhance team-based care in BC, by enabling participants to learn from each other and connect their efforts, and engaging UBC’s potential to contribute education, research, evaluation, and knowledge translation. Each network event applies a different lens to the themes of research, pedagogy, and innovation.

The session on February 9 will ask: 

  • How are healthcare teams and networks innovating with, and being impacted by, remote presencing technology (including Zoom and FaceTime), virtual sims.ed, and virtual care?
  • What ideas and questions are arising for virtually-assisted education of health professional learners in team-based care across BC, particularly those in rural and remote areas of the province?

The session will provide panelist perspectives and lots of space for dialogue among participants. The three panelists’ perspectives reflect themes of practice innovation, education, and research:

  • John Pawlovich, Clinical Professor, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, UBC; Rural Doctors’ UBC Chair in Rural Health
  • Rae Marchal, Physiotherapist, University Hospital of Northern BC
  • Jude Kornelsen, Assistant Professor and Co-Director, Centre for Rural Health Research, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, UBC

To learn more about the TBC@UBC Network, or to join the network to participate in future activities, click here.

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