Team Mapping Facilitation Training

As primary care network communities move toward implementation in BC, the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (BCPSQC) is working in collaboration with the General Practice Services Committee (GPSC), a partnership between the Ministry of Health and Doctors of BC, and UBC’s Innovation Support Unit (ISU) to develop and refine new and existing supports for primary care teams.

BCPSQC and the ISU will be offering team mapping facilitation training and mentorship to interested PCN communities to support individuals to facilitate this mapping in their local communities. Funded by the GPSC, this train-the-trainer approach will include a focus on team mapping preparation, the facilitation of team mapping sessions and the analysis and reporting process that allows communities to build the findings from team mapping processes into learning and action.

The first two offerings of these full-day workshops will be held on Thursday, June 13 and Thursday, July 4 in Vancouver, with the possibility for future regional sessions based on interest and demand.

If you are interested in registering for the upcoming team mapping facilitation training sessions or requesting a future session, please visit

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.

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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


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.