BRIC NS launches patient partner orientation guide

In collaboration with our Patient Engagement Working Group, BRIC NS has developed a Quick Guide for people who are interested in getting involved in research.  This is the first of a series that will eventually make up four booklets.

Information we include has been adapted,with permissions, from others who have created similar type booklets such as INVOLVE in the United Kingdom. Support and advice for changes to reflect our Canadian environment were provided by patient partners who worked with us to ensure we cover the kinds of information people need when first becoming engaged in research.

You can download the Quick Guide here and find it under the Resources section of our website.

BRIC NS member Juanna Ricketts receives Canada 150 Medal

Juanna Ricketts - Canada 150 Award
Juanna Ricketts (centre) receives her award from Senator Colin Deacon and Sara Napier, CEO United Way Halifax

Congratulations to Juanna Ricketts, member of the BRIC NS Advisory Council and Patient Partner for receiving the Canada 150 Medal from the Senate of Canada for her volunteer work with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Halifax-Dartmouth.  The award was given out on June 12 at the CMHA Annual Meeting.

Congratulations to Ryley Urban, winner of the 2019 BRIC NS Student Poster Award

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Beverley Lawson, Director of BRIC NS, presents the 2019 Student Poster Award to Ryley Urban.

Congratulations to Ryley Urban, currently pursuing her Master’s in Industrial Engineering at Dalhousie University!  Ryley is the winner of the third annual BRIC NS Student Poster Award for her poster “Panel reallocation model for providers in Rural Nova Scotia.”  The prize is presented at Primary Health Care Research Day.

Eighteen posters were up for consideration, presented by undergraduate, Master’s and PhD students, representing three universities.  Thank you to all of our applicants and judges.

BRIC NS is pleased to offer an award for best student poster given at Primary Health Care Research Day. To be eligible, the abstract must be accepted by the Primary Health Care Research Day Program Committee. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree program at a Nova Scotia university or community college.  Applicants must be first author on posters and must present their own work and not that of an advisor.  Reviewers assess the overall quality of the poster’s content and the presenter’s ability to successfully and succinctly present the subject matter.

BRIC NS featured in the Chronicle Herald


BRIC NS Science Lead, Dr. Fred Burge, was interviewed by the Chronicle Herald in advance of Primary Health Care Research Day.

“How do we take emerging evidence and move it into clinical care or into policy and practice design?” said Dr. Fred Burge, the director of the primary care research unit at Dalhousie University.

Read the full story here.

Congratulations to Mike Reid for acceptance in TUTOR-PHC

Congratulations to BRIC NS member Mike Reid, who has been accepted into the TUTOR-PHC program,  a one-year certificate program in primary health care research skills and interdisciplinary theory and processes.  BRIC NS provides financial support to one graduate student member for participation in the program.  You can read about his research below:

Mike Reid
Mike Reid

“There is a growing body of research in Nova Scotia highlighting high levels of community variation in health outcomes like unplanned repeat hospitalizations and long lengths of stay across the province. This research has also shown that this variation persists despite adjustment for a wide variety of factors (age, sex, disease, multimorbidity, etc.). These findings have led us to believe that there must be something about how the formal and informal support systems in specific communities interact with each other that is having a profound effect on the health outcomes of Nova Scotians. We refer to these interactions as “community systems of health”. My master’s work, along with a number of other studies have given us a good idea of where these variations in community systems of health are occurring. Through the TUTOR-PHC program as well as my doctoral work I will explore the question of how and why Nova Scotia’s community systems of health are resulting in different health outcomes across the province.”

BRIC NS Student Research Award

Applications for the 2019 BRIC NS Student Research Award are closed.

In partnership with the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, the BRIC NS Student Research Award is offered as a supplementary award to the Scotia Scholars Award.  A minimum of two awards of $1500 will be given to Master’s/PhD students working on a research project in primary and integrated health care.

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Network Coordinating Office appoints new Executive Director

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Gillian Bartlett will be the new Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network Coordinating Office Executive Director.  The Network Coordinating Office supports BRIC NS and the other PIHCI Networks at a pan-Canadian level. Dr. Bartlett is a full professor at McGill University in Montreal as well as the Research and Graduate Programs Director and the Associate Chair in the Department of Family Medicine.  Dr. Bartlett specializes in primary care research and knowledge translation. She will start March 1, 2019.

dr. gilliam bartlettBiography

Dr. Gillian Bartlett is a tenured Professor as well as the Research and Graduate Programs Director and the Associate Chair in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University. She received her PhD in epidemiology from McGill in 2001 and her MSc in 1996. In 2014, she was awarded the Carrie M. Derick Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Supervision for McGill University and the Faculty of Medicine Honour List for Educational Excellence. Dr. Bartlett specializes in primary care research and knowledge translation. Her current concentration is on knowledge translation and stakeholder engagement around health care utilization and outcomes for vulnerable populations; implementation of precision medicine using patient-oriented strategies; and the use of education innovations to advance the discipline of family medicine and primary care.


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!