BRIC NS Objectives – Goal/Priorities


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


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

  1. Integration of care for those with or at risk of complex needs: health and social needs

2. Innovations in primary and integrated service delivery (with a focus on multi-complexity)

  • Optimizing community primary healthcare and integrated care to better meet the needs of those with multi-complexity
    • Service redesign
      • Collaborative teams
      • Chronic disease
      • Comprehensive team for those with very complex needs
        • Mental health
        • Vulnerable children and youth: autism, those in care
        • Disabilities: adult care and adult residential care
        • Dementia
      • Models beyond PHC collaborative team care ready to help those in immediate need
        • E.g. for unattached patients following discharge, major diagnosis …
        • Vulnerable people with nowhere to go for care
  • Use of decision aids, tools, technology 

3. Bringing evidence forward for the improvement of effective, efficient and timely care

  • Implementation and quality improvement studies
  • What works where and why: attachment of unattached; reducing ED use; easing costs of complexity
  • Evaluation
  • Knowledge translation
    • Policy, public, research

4. Enabling the primary healthcare workforce to meet the needs of patients with multi-complexity and future demands for a range of services.

  • Supports to enable efficient, effective team functioning
    • Practice facilitation
    • Staffing (initial recruitment AND retention)
    • Comprehensive teams
    • Integration of community-based services
    • Additional supports for differing practice population case-mix
    • Prevention
    • Key elements of teams to care for those with chronic conditions
  • Enhancing provider skills and competency
  • Attention to cultural appropriateness and person-centered care
  • Family practice readiness needs to better match community needs

Last Updated: February 10, 2022