Canadian Primary Research Network (CPCRN) Learning Series 2023: Session 1 on February 28th

What do we want to do and how do we want to do it?

Session 1 of CPCRN Learning Series 2023

Virtual Event February 28, 2023, 12–1 pm ET


  1. To learn more about the CPCRN.
  2. To learn more about the CPCRN’s objectives, activities, deliverables, and investments.
  3. To provide an opportunity to ask questions about the CPCRN.
  4. To discuss how the CPCRN can engage differently with its various partners.


  • Onil Bhattacharyya, CPCRN Nominated Principal Investigator
  • Brenda Andreas, CPCRN Pan Canadian Patient Council Chair
  • Jamie DeMore, CPCRN Executive Director

Click here to register!

Co-building a primary care policy hub of policymakers across Canada

An open invitation to policy and decision-makers to join the Canadian Primary Care Research Network for a roundtable discussion.

March 10, 2023 | 12:30-2:00 pm PST | In person: Downtown Vancouver | Virtual: via Zoom

This hybrid session is an associated event with the 2023 Centre for Health Services and Policy Research Health Policy Conference. Lunch is included for in-person participants and registration is via Zoom, not via the conference registration system.

The Canadian Primary Care Research Network (CPCRN) is an established interdisciplinary and intersectoral group of people who collaborate on generating solution-focused innovations in primary health care delivery. The CPCRN’s vision is to create a sustainable pan-Canadian primary health care learning health systems platform supported by patient-oriented, practiced based-research to improve patient and provider experiences in delivering and receiving care; population health; and health care expenditures. The Network’s mission is to establish and grow provincial and territorial practiced-based research and learning networks (PBLRNs) and a primary health care information system that will facilitate research to spread and scale innovations in PHC across the country.

One of the CPCRN’s objectives is to create sustained partnerships with financial partners, other SPOR funded networks/units, Indigenous communities/organizations and other like-minded entities, including policy and decision makers across the country. As such, the CPCRN seeks to form a policy hub with policymakers that will benefit its participants and the Network alike.

The purpose of this roundtable discussion is to co-develop a primary care policy hub for policymakers in primary care interested in patient-oriented research.

  1. To co-develop, provide feedback, and modify activities, opportunities, and deliverables for a policy hub of policymakers across Canada within the Canadian Primary Care Research Network.
  2. To co-develop, provide feedback, and modify the logistics of this new policy hub to acquire best-added value.
  3. To establish buy-in from policymakers for maximum participation in this new policy hub.

Who Should Attend
Policymakers, decisionmakers

Preliminary Agenda
12:30 pm | Lunch for in-person attendees
1:00 pm | Welcome & introductions
1:10 pm | Roundtable discussion
1:50 pm | Discussion summary & wrap-up
2:00 pm | Concluding thoughts

The panelists for this consultative session will include:

  • Jamie DeMore, Executive Director, Canadian Primary Care Research Network
  • Mylaine Breton, Associate Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Sherbrooke

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.

SPOR Primary Care Network funded by CIHR

Sabrina Wong leads a team awarded $10M from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to build a research network aimed at transforming primary care. The new Strategy for Patient-Oriented (SPOR) Primary Care Research Network (PCRN) will build upon patient-oriented primary care innovations from the previous SPOR Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network (2014-2022), of which BC-PHCRN was part. This established interdisciplinary and intersectoral network of people will continue to collaborate on generating solution-focused innovations in primary care delivery.

The SPOR PCRN’s vision is to create a sustainable pan-Canadian primary health care (PHC) learning health system network supported by patient-oriented, practice-based research and learning to improve patient and provider experiences in delivering and receiving care; population health; and health care system expenditures. The Network’s mission is to establish and grow provincial and territorial practice-based research and learning networks (PBRLNs) supported by a PHC information system consisting of electronic medical record data linked with patient reported experience and outcome measures.

Learn more at, and stay tuned for updates on what this means for BC-PHCRN.

POPLAR webinar series: EDIIA in research

The Primary Care Ontario Practice-based Learning and Research Network (POPLAR) is hosting a series of four webinars about Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Indigeneity, and Accessibility (EDIIA) in research. Working in collaboration with the Alliance for Healthier Communities, the series begins on July 25, 2022 and is open to anyone wishing to learn more about incorporating these principles into their work.

The topics to be covered are:

  • Embedding equity in leadership and teams (July 25)
  • Building research projects with an EDIIA lens (August 26)
  • FNIM data and Indigenous data sovereignty (September 21)
  • EDIIA and data – building capacity (October 19)

Learn more and register online at the POPLAR webinar page.

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: