Goals and Priorities

Goals 

BRIC NS aims to engage, mobilize, educate and guide health professionals, researchers, policymakers, students and citizens across Nova Scotia and facilitate collaborative efforts to:

  • identify primary and integrated health care priorities that can be addressed through research
  • form research teams
  • connect and form collaborations with like-minded research teams in other provinces
  • develop successful research proposals
  • secure matching funds
  • conduct research and disseminate results
  • work with policymakers and system administrators as they put the research findings into action

Priorities 

BRIC NS has identified a number of research priorities.  These will help to guide the network’s mobilization and facilitation efforts.

1. Prevent future complex needs by integrating health promotion and addressing the social determinants of health in the delivery of care

 

 

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Research projects within this area could find better ways to:

  • determine the best composition for collaborative care teams to integrate health promotion and social determinants of health into care
  • create supportive environments to promote health and healthy living
  • address mental health and addictions
  • support a healthy start for children and families
  • intervene in early childhood

 

 

2. Use innovative tools and strategies to identify and categorize patients with complex needs and understand those needs

 

 

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Research projects within this area could find better ways to:

  • Give patients with complex needs a voice and a platform to express it – what do they believe their needs are?
  • identify sub-populations with common needs and scope those needs
  • use such tools as decision aids, administrative health databases and electronic medical records
  • screen and survey targeted populations with high needs, such as those who are frail or managing multiple chronic conditions (especially when there is a confluence of mental and physical health issues)

 

 

3. Redesign service delivery to meet the needs of complex patients

 

 

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Research projects within this area could find better ways to:

  • improve design and uptake of community-based care for seniors and patients with chronic conditions
  • identify most effective models of care to meet complex needs (e.g., group medical visits, collaborative team-based care, innovative technologies and strategies)
  • identify best practices for centrally managing/coordinating care for patients with chronic disease
  • identify and apply successful patient self-management strategies and tools

 

 

4. Enable primary health care providers to meet the needs of complex patients and future demands for a range of services

 

 

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Research projects within this area could find better ways to:

  • enhance provider skills and competency to meet complex needs
  • promote leadership, competence, productivity and collaboration
  • foster cultural appropriateness and person-focused care
  • create highly functional and effective interdisciplinary teams