Erin Wilson, PhD NP(F)

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, UNBC
Family Nurse Practitioner, Northern Health
Clinical Faculty, Department of Family Practice, UBC

Please describe your most important contribution(s) to primary care research.
My work focuses on primary health care delivery in rural settings. My doctoral work explored how patients and providers negotiate care within an interprofessional team. Previous work includes a study of how nurse practitioners can improve access to primary health care, and co-development of a provider-level scale measuring primary health care engagement.

Please describe your current work or upcoming research projects related to primary care.
Current work includes leading a patient-oriented feasibility study exploring interventions to improve coordination for patients between primary care and cancer care. A second patient-oriented project seeks to understand patient decision-making in accessing and engaging in OAT for opioid use disorder in a northern BC community.

What are the key messages from your primary care research to share with other stakeholders (e.g. clinicians, policymakers, patients)
Interpretive approaches in health services research can help articulate and describe the “how” of primary care delivery: what works (or does not work), for who, and in what circumstances or context. Research in rural settings can illuminate key structures and processes in transforming primary health care systems, such as intersectoral practices or integration of nurse practitioners into interprofessional teams.