SPOR PIHCI Network Comparative Program and Policy Analysis funding opportunity is now open for applications

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research have launched the SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation (PIHCI) Comparative Program and Policy Analysis funding opportunity. Details are available on our funding opportunities page.


Engaging People in Health Research 2017 – Speaker Series

This speaker series, sponsored by the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit and Alberta Innovates, is profiling successful examples of patient engagement in health research. A researcher and a patient co-present on the challenges and rewards of having patient engagement throughout the research process. The next series event is on Nov 30, in Edmonton and as an online webinar. Details

Work with us! We are searching for a BC-PHCRN Research Network Manager

The Network Manager oversees the day-to-day operations and development of the network, and plays a key role in facilitating BC’s participation in the pan-Canadian SPOR Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation Network (PIHCIN). The Network Manager is the primary point of contact and liaison for all Network members to support the vision, goals and initiatives of the Network. View the full job description and apply: Careers at UBC

BC-CPCSSN workshop Nov. 3 at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

This workshop will introduce clinicians to the BC arm of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (BC-CPCSSN) study and detail opportunities to implement EMR-based quality improvement tools within their practice. Lunch will be provided.

When: November 3, 2017 | 12 – 1 pm
Where: Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, Room 2060
Registration is required and space is limited.

For questions and to register, please contact Olena Schell at olena.schell@ubc.ca.

This workshop is part of a larger knowledge to action event organized by Vancouver Island Health:

Patient-Oriented Research in the Community

When: November 3, 2017 | 9:30 – 11:30 am (9:00 in person)
Where: Room 2050, Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and via videoconference
What: Our presenters will share opportunities to engage in patient-oriented research and quality improvement initiatives from the perspective of different stakeholders. At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify opportunities in the community to engage in patient oriented research and quality improvement (QI) initiatives
  • Consider how participating in patient oriented research and quality improvement initiatives is beneficial to community providers
  • Demonstrate how patients can contribute as partners
  • List resources and supports that are available for patient-oriented community based research and QI
  • Value relationships among patients, communities and academic centres


  • *Patient partner* John Sherber, BC SUPPORT Unit Vancouver Island Centre and Patient Voices Network
  • *Health leadership* Malcolm Ogborn (Executive Medical Director for Medical and Academic Affairs, Island Health)
  • *A community practitioner* Dr. Graham Blackburn (Family Physician; Project Lead, Familiar Faces Program, Cowichan District Hospital)
  • *Researcher* Dr. Sabrina Wong (RN, PhD, Professor, UBC School of Nursing and Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Co-Director of the BC Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network)

Opportunity for PhD or MSN student to participate in research study

Study name: The Relevance of Psychologically Healthy and Safe Work Environments on the Experiences of Patients in the Health System

Opportunity: Seeling an MSN or PhD student for participation in any or all aspects of the research process. This is meant to be a co-learning experience. This is a one year project and remuneration is subject to study funding.

Study Purpose: Current research has documented that work environments where nurses work can be detrimental to patients (e.g., satisfaction and quality care). Also, poor wellbeing and high levels of mental stress among care providers are associated with poor patient safety results (e.g., medical errors, falls and other adverse events). Most often studies have used hard data and metrics rather than examining patients’ point of view. This study proposes to address this knowledge gap by exploring patient reported experiences with respect to the 2012 National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. The aim of this study is to find out how work environments (healthy or unhealthy as perceived by the care providers) may impact patients’ experiences with the health system.

Significance: Patients may be aware of subtle cues that indicate staff who work together lack collegiality, do not communicate, are not providing coordinated care or that the care provider seems to lack the right frame of mind to provide quality support or involve them in decision‐making. Such awareness may affect how patients respond to the care provided. The results of this study will contribute knowledge from a different perspective to improve the work environments for better patient and provider outcomes. This may give leaders more insight into what matters to patients when using the Standards in the workplace. In short, improving the wellbeing of care providers is thought to enhance patients’ experiences with the health system.

Setting: To be determined (e.g. hospital, ambulatory care, community) in Fraser Health Authority, BC.

Methods: We will use survey methods to capture patient and nurses experiences of the work environment.

Lead investigator: Dr. Angela Wolff, UBC School of Nursing Clinical Assistant Professor. Contact Dr. Angela Wolff directly at a.wolff@shaw.ca

Patient and clinician collaboration opportunity on mental health and substance use care

Mental health and substance use care: eCoordination through virtual communities that enhance health and social partnerships

Principal investigator: Marina Morrow, York University

Project Overview: Mental health and substance use challenges are a leading health concern for Canadians of all ages, with only 1 in 3 adults and 1 in 4 youth having access to the health and social supports that they require. Clinicians report difficulties in navigating the treatments, supports and resources required by their clients with mental health and substance use challenges and clients report frustration and distress in navigating the system(s). Our team is seeking to develop and test a novel eHealth (internet-based) innovation, virtual communities, to support needed access to and linkages between the services and sectors required to holistically address clients’ medical, psychological, and social needs.

Nature of Engagement: As a patient-oriented research study, our team is dedicated to representing and responding to the experiences of those who will benefit from study outputs – patients and clinicians. Our team is seeking to engage primary care clinicians and clients (persons with lived experience of mental health and/or substance use challenges) in BC as partners on our research team. While we are flexible to negotiate what this partnership looks like, we anticipate creating a patient and clinician advisory council that would meet quarterly over a 4-year period to provide guidance to the study team and who would be available for additional consultation on an “as needed” basis. We also anticipate that we will have several working groups on the project including one dedicated to patient engagement. Working groups would meet more frequently.
In order to maximize opportunities for input and engagement, we are seeking patient and clinician partners immediately, with the grant being submitted for funding review on November 27, 2017.

Please contact Emily Jenkins for more details.

Pre-announcement of SPOR PIHCI Knowledge Synthesis and Comparative Program and Policy Analysis grants

In November 2017 the Canadian Institutes of Health Research will launch the SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation (PIHCI) Knowledge Synthesis and Comparative Program and Policy Analysis funding opportunities, through the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR). Details are available on our funding opportunities page.

Can algorithms predict frailty? Update on a BC Quick Strike project

Data access via Population Data BC has been approved for a funded Quick Strike study which is creating and testing algorithms to predict frailty using administrative health data and primary care electronic medical record data. The Study, called Validation of Administrative and Primary Care Electronic Medical Record Derived Frailty Algorithms, is in three provinces, and investigators include Sabrina Wong (BC), Tyler Williamson (AB), and Alan Katz (MB). Read more about the study on the Population Data BC website.

Webinar for BC-based Rewarding Success Initiative applicants

Join the BC SUPPORT Unit on Monday, October 23, 2017, from 2:00-3:30pm for a BC-researcher-focused information webinar.

The webinar will be about BC-specific applications to the Rewarding Success Initiative, launched by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) through the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Initiative.

In the webinar, presenters will provide you with an overview of the concepts, and provide details about applying for Rewarding Success in BC with projects relating to the four provincial health care priorities, as identified by the BC Ministry of Health.

Representatives from CIHR and the Ministry of Health will be present at the session to answer your questions.

Detailed information about the application process will also be discussed. There will be a question and answer period following the presentation.

Details: http://bcsupportunit.ca/rewarding-success-webinar/