PHSI awards bring researchers and policy-makers together for health system improvement

30 June 2016

The strength of BC’s health research community is evident in the recent announcement of CIHR’s 2015/16 Partnerships for Health System Improvement (PHSI) awards.

Four out of 12 PHSI awards granted across Canada have been awarded to BC-based researchers. The funded projects, which span a range of issues including mental health and harm reduction, are focused on bringing researchers and decision-makers together to address health system priorities. In addition to CIHR funding, the successful BC teams will receive matching funds from MSFHR, up to a maximum of $80,000 per project over the duration of the award term.

Each of the BC-based teams will address one or more of three priorities identified by the BC Ministry of Health: rural health services, primary and community care, and future directions for surgical services. The funded projects are as follows:

According to CIHR, the PHSI program “supports research that reflects the emerging health needs of Canadians and the evolution of the health system.” PHSI projects focus on health system improvements through applied and policy-relevant health systems services research that is useful to health system managers or policy makers and strengthens the Canadian health system

Including this year’s awards, MSFHR has supported 33 successful BC-based PHSI applicants since 2005 with matching funds provided through the Health Services & Policy Research Support Network.