Goals and 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 (updated in 2019).  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
  • Health services
    • Mental health and additions
    • Emergency health services
    • Continuing care
    • Chronic pain
    • Acute care
    • Long-term care
    • Residential care centres
  • Social services
    • Community services
    • Social determinants of health
    • Justice
    • Education
  • Programs
    • Early childhood education
    • Midwifery
    • Palliative care

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: June 26th, 2020