SPOR PIHCI Knowledge Synthesis & Comparative Program and Policy Analysis Grants

BRIC NS is pleased to share the results of the CIHR Knowledge Synthesis and Comparative Program and Policy Analysis 2018 competitions. Three successful grants are being led by BRIC NS members:

1. The costs of Aging-in-Place for Frail Older People (Knowledge Synthesis) is being led by BRIC NS members and is partnered with the Ontario PIHCI Network. The BRIC NS Team is led by Ruth Martin-Misener and Elaine Moody and is made up of interdisciplinary health researchers, patients and decision makers.

“Older people often prefer to stay at home as they age. However, this often comes with out-of-pocket expenses for things like assistive devices and home modifications that allow people to go about their daily activities. Understanding the type of expenses people are incurring is the first step to developing better supports for people who want to stay at home as they age.” -Dr. Elaine Moody

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2. An Inter-provincial comparison of innovative programs that help individuals and families affected by life-limiting chronic illnesses navigate end-of-life (Comparative Program and Policy Analysis) is being led by BRIC NS and is partnered with the ON, PEI and BC PIHCI Networks. The team is led by Robin Urquhart and Grace Warner and is made up of interdisciplinary researchers, decision makers and patients.

“End of life care is a critical part of the health care system. It’s important to understand what programs are available to people at the end of life and to understand how patients and their families are using these programs. By looking at community-based navigation programs and whether they’re helping people achieve their end-of life goals we will be able to recommend how other programs can be designed to be most effective for patients and their families.” -Dr. Robin Urquhart

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3. A Cross-Provincial Comparison of Program and Service Innovations for Patients with Multimorbidity in Interprofessional Primary Healthcare Teams (Comparative Program and Policy Analysis) is being led by BRIC NS and is partnered with the Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador PIHCI Networks. The BRIC NS team is led by Ruth Martin-Misener and Tara Sampalli and is made up of interdisciplinary health researchers, decision makers and patients.

“Receiving care from interdisciplinary primary care teams has the potential to improve the health of patients with multiple chronic conditions. In this research, we will use recent study results from Quebec and Ontario to explore the approaches currently offered by primary care teams in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, and ask participating patients about their experiences. This will allow us to share knowledge and build tools that could lead to improvements in care for patients with multiple chronic conditions.” – Dr. Ruth Martin-Misener and Dr. Tara Sampalli

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BRIC NS members are also partners on the Knowledge Synthesis grant Interventions to Support Transitions in Care for Children and Families with Complex Health Care Needs in the Community.

Congratulations to all the BRIC NS members involved in successful grants in 2018!

BRIC NS Members encouraged to apply to TUTOR-PHC Program

Please note that the deadline has passed.

The call for applications for TUTOR-PHC is open to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, mid-career clinicians, and decision makers in primary health care.  As a partner organization, BRIC NS members are given preference in the competition.  BRIC NS encourages any interested applicants to contact us for more information.  The deadline to apply is December 3, 2018.

Please see our guideline document to help prepare your application.

What is the program?

TUTOR-PHC or Transdisciplinary Understandings and Training on Research – Primary Health Care, is a one-year, pan-Canadian interdisciplinary research capacity building program that has been training primary and integrated health care researchers and decision-makers from family medicine, nursing, psychology, epidemiology, social work, occupational therapy, education, policy and many other disciplines since 2003.

Why apply?

  • Primary health care research training
  • Earn University credit & CME credits
  • Valuable feedback on your own primary health care research
  • Mentorship from experienced interdisciplinary primary health care researchers and decision-makers
  • Interdisciplinary team experience

Each trainee will be responsible for a $3000 CND program fee – which includes accommodation / travel to the Symposium.

For more information, please go to the website at: www.uwo.ca/fammed/csfm/tutor-phc

Please contact Project Coordinator, Rob Van Hoorn (tutor@uwo.ca) if you are interested in applying.

BRIC NS Student Research Award Winners

Winners of the 2018 BRIC NS Student Research Award. Left to right: Martha Paynter, Duygu Biricik Gulseren, Keisha Jefferies, Brianna Richardson.  Missing from photo: Noelle Ozog.

BRIC NS, in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, held a reception on September 20 to honour the recipients of the 2018 BRIC NS Student Research Award.  The award is given annually to graduate students working in primary and integrated health care research to provide financial support while they complete a thesis-based project.  Winners are chosen by a panel of reviewers based on the quality of the application, strength of the patient engagement and knowledge translation plans, and relevance to BRIC NS priorities.

The BRIC NS Student Research Award is just one of the ways that BRIC NS is working to build capacity in primary and integrated health care research.  The Award is supplemental to the NSHRF Scotia Scholars competition and is open to students at any Nova Scotia University.  This year’s winners are students and Dalhousie University and Saint Mary’s University.

The recipients and their projects are:

Duygu Biricik Gulseren (PhD, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Saint Mary’s University): Prevention of physiological stress in the workplace: The RIGHT way

Keisha Jefferies (PhD, Nursing, Dalhousie University): The Health of the Black Community and the Role of African Nova Scotian Nursing Leadership

Noelle Ozog (Master of Nursing, Dalhousie University): Feasibility of an influenza vaccination program during low acuity “wait times” at the QEII emergency department

Martha Paynter (PhD, Nursing, Dalhousie University): Perinatal health outcomes of criminalized and incarcerated women in Canada

Brianna Richardson (PhD, Nursing, Dalhousie University): The effect of an eHealth learning platform on parental confidence and involvement with healthy newborn pain management: A randomized control trial

Congratulations to all of our winners!

BRIC NS Student Poster Award

Congratulations to Brianna Richardson of Dalhousie University’s School of Nursing! Brianna was the winner of the BRIC NS Student Poster Award at Primary Health Care Research Day 2018 for her poster, “Evaluation of eHealth Resources for Parents of Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: A Systematic Review.”

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CIHR SPOR PIHCI Programmatic Grants Success

We are extremely happy to report that BRIC NS researchers and knowledge users were partnered in three of the four successful applications to the CIHR SPOR PICHI Programmatic Grants competition.

In total, 12 pan-Canadian teams (at least four provinces partnered in each)  submitted final applications for $1 million CIHR funding (plus $1 million matching contributions) over four years. Nova Scotia was the lead for one of these projects and a partner in four. CIHR funded four projects (33.3% success rate).

Nova Scotia’s full partnerships in each of the three listed funded projects is monumental. All three involve working collaboratively with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, patients, clinicians, and community primary healthcare practices to improve care for patients with complex needs.

  1. Case management in primary care for frequent users of healthcare services. Led by QC (C Hudon) with SK, NS & NL. NS investigators include L. Edwards, T. Sampalli, R. Gibson, F Burge.
  2. Screening for Poverty And Related social determinants and intervening to improve Knowledge of and links to resources (SPARK) Study. Led by ON (A Pinto) with SK, MB, NS & NL. NS investigators include L Jackson, F Burge, E. Marshall, R. Gibson, L Edwards, T Sampalli.
  3. SPIDER-NET, A Structured Process Informed by Data, Evidence and Research-Network: An approach to support primary care practices in optimizing the management of patients with complex needs. Led by ON (M Griever) with QC, NS, MB & AB. NS investigators include M Grandy, F. Burge.

Congratulations to all and a huge thank you to those offering matching funds in the form of cash and in-kind contributions. These include:

  • Dalhousie Family Medicine
  • Dalhousie Faculty of Health (Schools of Nursing, and Occupational Therapy)
  • Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation
  • Dalhousie Vice President’s Research Office (VPR)
  • Doctors Nova Scotia
  • NSHA Research, Innovation and Knowledge Translation Office
  • NSHA Primary Health Care, Family Practice and Chronic Disease Management
  • Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME)
  • Maritime SPOR Support Unit (MSSU)