Summer Learning Series Session 1: The State of Art for Primary Care Research

The SPOR PIHCI network and the Saskatchewan SPOR PIHCIN are pleased to host the first session in a series of summer learning seminars on primary care on June 16, 2020. This session will start with a presentation exploring primary care research, the role PIHCIN plays in promoting primary care and how this might evolve within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The presentation will be followed by an interactive Q & A session with invited panel members. This interactive seminar is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in primary care to gain a greater understanding of the current Canadian primary care research environment with a glimpse into what the future might look like. Everyone is welcome but registration is mandatory.

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Canadian Quick COVID-19 primary care survey (week 7) is now LIVE

The SPOR PIHCI Network, in partnership with the Larry A. Green Center, has now launched week 7 of the Canadian Quick COVID-19 Primary Care Survey.

This 3 minute survey aims to better understand response and capacity of Canadian primary care practices to COVID-19. It is open to all primary care clinicians across Canada until June 8. You can sign up to receive the survey directly every Friday.

Results of the survey are available on the SPOR PIHCI Network website and will be updated regularly.

Canadian Quick COVID-19 Primary Care Survey initial results

On Friday April 10, the SPOR PIHCI Network, in partnership with the Larry A. Green Center, launched Series 1 of the weekly Canadian Quick COVID-19 Primary Care Survey. An invitation to participate was distributed to primary care clinicians across the country. Results of the first two survey cycles are available on the SPOR PIHCI Network website, and weekly invitations to participate will be provided there.

Public Lecture: Investigating the current and potential use of EMR data for primary health care performance measurement across Canadian jurisdictions

Erica Barbazza, Visiting Researcher, Canadian Institute for Health Information and University of Toronto, will present draft findings and a preliminary analysis from 9-10am PST on Tuesday April 28th 2020.

This public lecture is organized by the North American Observatory on Health Systems and Policies of the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.

Event details and registration.

Profiles of five BC primary care researchers now posted, with more to come

A key aim of the BC-PHCRN is to facilitate and support collaboration between researchers, government, health professionals, and patients in BC to improve primary care. With this in mind, we profiled some of our research collaborators and partners to highlight the cutting-edge research that is poised to positively impact the health of British Columbians.

Video: What is the PIHCI Network and why it is important for the health of Canadians

Here is a short (1 minute) video that describes the Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation (PIHCI) Network. Dr. Gillian Bartlett-Esquilant, Executive Director of the National Coordinating Office of PIHCI Network discusses how this ‘network of networks’ plays a key role in strengthening primary health care in Canada.

Workshop Recap and Resources: Moving towards a learning health care system in primary care in BC

BC-PHCRN hosted a post-conference workshop at the 2020 UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research annual health policy conference, March 5-6, in Vancouver. The workshop provided a forum for learning and discussion about the infrastructure, tools, and initiatives currently underway in BC to support a primary care learning health system, and discussed the progress BC has made towards developing such a system. Speakers and participants shared reflections on these developments in their context. The workshop was sponsored by the BC General Practice Services Committee.

The workshop objectives were for participants to be able to:

  • Identify structures and supports involved in a learning health care system including:
    1. Building the infrastructure for secure and ethical use of primary care data,
    2. Developing tools and measures (i.e. patient and primary care surveys),
    3. Promoting learning and quality improvement initiatives for clinicians,
    4. Creating an iterative learning system.
  • Provide their reflections on these structures in the development of a learning health care system in primary care.

For further details about the workshop program and for access to selected speakers’ presentations please visit the CHSPR conference website.

Opportunity for Patients and Caregivers to Participate in a Primary Health Care Teams Policy Project

This study will be carried out in four provinces in Canada including British Columbia (BC), Alberta (AB), Ontario (ON), and Quebec (QC). The goal of the research is to study provincial and regional policy documents that support integration in health services through teams,where two or more providers work together in the community to care for the health and wellbeing of patients living with two or more chronic health conditions. These teams are called primary health care teams. We will also study if and how patients and caregivers are involved in building and applying policies related to these teams. The results will provide us with important data on primary health care teams to improve integrated health services.

We would like to invite you to take part in an interview to obtain the views of patients and caregivers. We would like to understand how you are involved or not in policy building and applying policies for primary health care teams, if you wish to be involved and how you wish to be involved. We are looking for 10 interview participants with varied locations of where they live, age, chronic conditions, and ethnicity. You can participate, if you:

  • Are a patient living in BC, AB, ON or QC
  • Are 19 years and over
  • Have two or more chronic health conditions
  • See two or more health care providers in the community that work together in a team
  • Are a caregiver (significant other, family member, friend) that lives in BC, AB, ON, or QC and provides care for a patient as described above living in these provinces

Note: You must be fluent in English or French; that is, you must be able to understand and communicate (speak and/or write) in English or French. If you do not understand or speak English or French, you can have a caregiver translate for you at the interview.

The interview will take about 45-60 minutes to complete. A copy of the consent form is attached with more information about the interview.

If you are interested in participating or receiving more information on the study, please contact:

Ashmita Rai
Research Assistant, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Okanagan
Telephone: 250-807-9948