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BC's Primary Health Care Research Network

The BC-PHCRN, part of the pan-Canadian Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network (PIHCIN) initiative, was launched in November 2013 by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) program.

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2015

Targeting amyloid propagation in Alzheimer disease: Structures, immunology and extracellular vesicle topology

Dr. Neil Cashman is one of five BC researchers supported through the British Columbia Alzheimer’s Research Award. Established in 2013 by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), Genome British Columbia (Genome BC), The Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation (PARF) and Brain Canada, the goal of the $7.5 million fund is to discover the causes of and seek innovative treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

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2013

Propagated protein misfolding of SOD1 in ALS: Exemplar for neurodegeneration

MSFHR supported Dr. Neil Cashman’s award as one of two interprovincial teams from across Canada funded through Brain Canada’s Multi-Investigator Research Initiative (MIRI) in 2013. The MIRI supports the research of multidisciplinary teams and aims to accelerate novel and transformative research that will fundamentally change the understanding of nervous system function and dysfunction and its impact on health. MSFHR committed funding over three years to support the work of Cashman’s BC-based research activities and research led by fellow MIRI recipient Dr.

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2013

Integrating paramedics into primary care to optimize patient time in the community at end of life

MSFHR is providing matching funds to support Drs. Sabrina Wong and Jennifer Kryworuchko’s BC-based research as part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation (PIHCI) initiative. The multi-province research team was funded through a SPOR PIHCI Provincial/Territorial Comparative Program and Policy Analysis Grant. MSFR is also supporting Dr. Kimberlyn McGrail’s PIHCI Comparative Program and Policy Analysis grant.

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2016

Validation of administrative and primary care electronic medical record derived frailty algorithms

MSFHR provided funding to support Wong’s research as part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation (PIHCI) initiative Quick Strikes program.

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2016

What are the impacts of being formally enrolled with a GP on continuity and integration of care? Evidence from a comparison of Quebec and British Columbia

MSFHR is providing matching funds to support Kimberlyn McGrail’s and Laurie Goldsmith’s BC-based research activity as part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation (PIHCI) initiative. The BC/Quebec research team was funded through a SPOR PIHCI Provincial/Territorial Comparative Program and Policy Analysis Grant, with additional funding from the University of British Columbia and several Quebec-based institutions and organizations.

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2016

Preclinical development of a disease modifying small molecule therapy for Alzheimer disease

Dr. David Vocadlo is leading one of five BC researchers leading teams supported through the British Columbia Alzheimer’s Research Award. Established in 2013 by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), Genome British Columbia (Genome BC), The Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation (PARF) and Brain Canada, the goal of the $7.5 million fund is to discover the causes of and seek innovative treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

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2015

Implementation and evaluation of an enhanced PharmaNet-based adverse drug event reporting platform to improve patient safety and meet adverse drug reaction reporting requirements

MSFHR is contributing match-funding towards Dr. Ellen Balka’s research (co-led with Dr. Corinne Hohl, recent awardee of Clinician Scientist Award), one of 22 projects as part of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) eHealth Innovation Partnership Program (eHIPP). eHIPP was designed to address gaps in health care — including supporting seniors with complex care needs in their home — by stimulating collaborations between health researchers and Canadian innovative technology companies.

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2015

The DCD Advocacy Toolkit: Supporting diagnosis and intervention for children with developmental coordination disorder in British Columbia

Co-leads:

  • Jill Zwicker
    University of British Columbia
  • Ivonne Montgomery
    Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children
  • Giovana Boniface Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists - BC

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2017

Building intersections for vibrant rural communities (Building Intersections 2018)

Co-leads:

  • Katrina Plamondon 
    Interior Health
  • Jude Kornelsen 
    Centre for Rural Health Research / University of British Columbia
  • Amanda McDougall
    Interior Health
  • Kim Barnes 
    Interior Health

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2017

Priority setting for children's right to protection in BC: A knowledge mobilization symposium

Co-leads:

  • Ziba Vaghri 
    University of Victoria
  • Deborah Chaplain 
    Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • Bernard Richard
    Representative for Children and Youth of BC

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  • Sally (Yue) Lin
    University of Victoria

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2017

Supporting a Learning Health System in British Columbia Through Developing the BC Academic Health Science Network (AHSN)

In partnership with the BC Academic Health Science Network and the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) Singal will support the strategic and operational development of the BC AHSN.

Priority 1 is to develop and execute a regional level initiative that contributes to the provincial priority of enhancing primary health care delivery in BC and contributing to the development of a robust data platform. 

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2018

Economic evaluation and cost valuation of a province-wide quality improvement initiative: a case study of 'Call for Less Antipsychotics in Residential Care' (CLeAR) in British Columbia

British Columbia has 62,000 people living with dementia and this number is expected to rise to 87,000 by 2024. A common challenge for many seniors is the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. In October 2013, the British Columbia Patient Safety & Quality Council (BCPSQC) launched its initial cohort of care homes participating in a 'Call for Less Antipsychotics in Residential Care' (CLeAR) quality improvement (QI) initiative in response to rising concerns over inappropriate antipsychotic use in residential care. 

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2018

Measuring the impact of current and future harm reduction strategies in the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic in British Columbia

North America is currently experiencing an opioid overdose crisis and this has been particularly pronounced in British Columbia (BC). In this jurisdiction there has been a rapid increase in overdose deaths since 2012, which has largely been driven by an increasing concentration of synthetic and more potent opioids in the illegal drug supply market. 

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Moving beyond headcounts: improved physician workforce planning for primary care in BC

Consistent access to high-quality family medicine improves the health of the population and lowers the costs of health care. Reports of family medicine shortages and of difficulties in accessing family physicians are ubiquitous in British Colombia (BC). To address shortages and access challenges, the Ministry of Health needs a clear understanding of how many active family doctors are working within provincial borders, how many are providing comprehensive and patient-centered care, how they structure their practices, and how patients access (or do not access) the services they provide. 

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2018

Patient/Public Engagement Measurement and Evaluation Project (PEMEP) within the British Columbia Ministry of Health's Patients as Partners Initiative

In 2010, the Patients as Partners Initiative of the British Columbia (BC) Ministry of Health began work to improve the BC healthcare system by partnering with patients to empower patients and to develop and support the implementation of sustainable healthcare policies. This quality improvement initiative provides leadership, strategy, policy, collaboration, and funding to bring patient voice, choice, and representation to the forefront of the health sector. 

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2018

Utilizing a syndemic approach for population level prevention, care and treatment cascades of hepatitis C virus and related epidemics

Different distributions of social conditions, vulnerabilities, (e.g. drug use, mental illness) or other infections (HIV, HBV, TB), contribute to differences among populations affected by hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The different distribution of these comorbidities drives differences in cascades of care (diagnosis, initiation of treatment, cure and retention in care). 

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2018

Domperidone for breastfeeding: What does the evidence tell us?

Co-leads:

  • Tim Oberlander
    BC Children's Hospital / Provincial Health Services Authority
  • Lorri Puil
    University of British Columbia
  • Tracy Monk 
    University of British Columbia
  • Barbara Mintzes
    University of British Columbia

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2017

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