BC's Primary Health Care Research Network

Principal Investigator: 
University of British Columbia
Applied Science and Medicine
School of Nursing and Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
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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. The BC-PHCRN is one of 11 networks across Canada that have an initial focus on individuals with complex health needs for whom integrated care is critical to improve patient experience and health, health equity, and health system outcomes.

The BC-PHCRN is designed to support evidence-informed transformation of the delivery of primary and integrated health care, and its goal is to encourage, facilitate, and support collaborations between government, health authorities, health professionals, patients and researchers. The BC-PHCRN aims to seek out, develop, and facilitate adoption of health care innovations to improve BC’s health care delivery system.

As part of our work, the BC-PHCRN supports the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN), Canada’s first and only multi-disease electronic record surveillance system. CPCSSN is a multi-faceted tool, providing users with:

  • Data for development and effective evaluation of Primary Care Networks and Patient Medical Homes.
  • Quality improvement dashboard for physicians and other clinicians.
  • Chronic disease surveillance across the clinic, provincial and national levels.
  • The ability to support crucial primary care research in BC and in Canada.

The BC-PHCRN is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), and is led by a Tripartite Leadership, including the Science Lead, Dr. Sabrina Wong, Clinical co-Leads Drs. Fiona Duncan and Anne Junker, and Policy co-Leads, Shana Ooms and Heather Davidson.

Host Institution: 
University of British Columbia
Research Location: 
University of British Columbia