New funding opportunity to study clinical care guideline implementation

3 September 2013

MSFHR, in partnership with the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, is requesting proposals for a research project that will study the implementation of clinical care guidelines to better understand the mechanisms that enable and constrain health system transformation in BC.

Clinical care management is an area of focus in the BC Ministry of Health’s Innovation and Change Agenda. Its goal is to implement a guideline-driven, evidence-informed clinical care management system to improve the quality, safety, and consistency of key clinical services and improve patient experiences of care.

To date, 11 clinical care areas have been identified for guideline implementation in BC; however, the approach to implementation varies within each health authority, depending on the local context.

This project will fund one research team to collect and analyze data from each health authority regarding clinical practice guideline implementation. The analysis should provide an understanding of:

  • the conditions that contribute to or hinder successful and sustainable implementation;
  • how and why different outcomes may be observed across different settings and through different implementation efforts;
  • contextual factors at different system levels that influence decisions and actions related to implementation of guidelines.

The results of the study will add to the body of evidence about how best to support improved quality of care through clinical practice change and guideline implementation.

Up to $185,000 is available for this project over a maximum period of six months. One research team will be funded to carry out the proposed study, with the final report due April 30, 2014.

This opportunity is open to both:

  • researchers and research teams affiliated with a BC host institution that is eligible to hold MSFHR funds (list of eligible institutions)
  • BC-based private, for-profit, or not-for-profit researchers, research teams, and organizations

Researchers must confirm their intention to submit a proposal by emailing Muneerah Kassam ( by September 27, 2013.

Completed proposals must be submitted by 4 p.m., October 18, 2013.

For more information, contact:

Muneerah Kassam
Manager, Projects