Primary health care evaluation gets $2.4M boost

26 June 2013

A new MSFHR-supported initiative to improve performance measurement and reporting of community-based primary health care is among 12 Innovation Grants announced today by federal health minister Leona Aglukkaq.

The University of British Columbia team, co-led by Dr. Kim McGrail and Dr. Sabrina Wong, received a $2.4 million grant, co-funded with $1.9 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and $500,000 from MSFHR.

“The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research is committed to supporting evidence-based transformation of our health system,” said Dr. Diane Finegood, MSFHR president and CEO. “Projects such as this reinforce our ongoing work to facilitate real-world learning systems that translate new knowledge into better health for British Columbians.”

The research team will collect and analyze data from three regions in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec that have similar socio-demographic characteristics. The aim is to work with providers to learn how comprehensive performance measurement and reporting can support improvements and innovation in how primary care services are delivered to Canadians.

“UBC welcomes this support for a project that will make a real contribution to health care in Canada,” said John Hepburn, UBC vice-president, research and international. “This is very important work being led by some of our country’s top experts in health policy.”

The funding of the 12 Innovation Teams is the first component of CIHR’s Signature Initiative in community-based primary health care. The initiative’s goals are: to improve access to appropriate community-based primary health care, to enhance the patient experience, and to contribute to better health outcomes.