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 developing complex health and/or social  needs

This includes projects in the areas of:

  • Health services
  • Social services
  • Programs

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

Research projects within this area could find better ways to:

  • Optimize community primary healthcare and integrated care to better meet the needs of those with multi-complexity
  • Use decisions aids, tools and technology

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

Examples include:

  • Implementation and quality improvement studies
  • Investigating what models work, where, and why
  • Evaluation
  • Knowledge translation

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

For example:

  • Supports to enable efficient, effective team functioning
  • Enhancing provide skills and competency
  • Attention to cultural appropriateness and person-centred care
  • Family practice readiness to better match community needs