Primary Healthcare Research Day

Registration is now open for Primary Healthcare Research Day 2017!

Primary Healthcare Research Day, now in its fourth year, is an opportunity for learners, decision-makers, citizens, and researchers from a variety of disciplines to come together and celebrate primary healthcare research happening across the province.  Research Day is presented by Collaborative Research in Primary Health Care (CoR-PHC).  The day is focused on the role that research has in improving primary healthcare service and delivery.

BRIC NS is pleased to offer and award for best student poster given at Primary Healthcare Research Day.

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Upcoming funding opportunities

The following funding opportunities will be launched by CIHR in 2017. These opportunities are specifically available to members of Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Networks across the country.  Each project must involve at least one other PIHCI Network and must have 1:1 matching funds.

Funding Opportunity Description Total Budget Funding Opportunity Launch Deadline
Knowledge Synthesis Grants

View 2016 Funding Opportunity

To support teams of researchers and knowledge users to produce knowledge syntheses and scoping reviews that will contribute to the use of synthesized evidence in decision-making and practice. $50,000 for 1 year Anticipated Spring 2017 Anticipated Early Fall 2017
Comparative Program and Policy Grants

View 2016 Funding Opportunity

To support teams who wish to engage in evidence-based policy-making by analyzing and comparing various provincial policies to produce relevant, compelling research that can be used to influence policy decisions. $125,000/ year for 2 years Anticipated Spring 2017 Anticipated Early Fall 2017
Multi-year Large Grants

Open now

To support larger cross-jurisdictional research projects based on the medium and long term priorities identified by the member networks. $500,000/year for 4 years Winter 2017 Network LOI: August 11, 2017

CIHR LOI: September 26, 2017

Full application: November 28, 2017

BRIC NS Student Seminar Series

The BRIC NS Student Seminar Series is an opportunity for students across Nova Scotia to share their completed or in-progress research. Presentations cover a wide variety of disciplines, but all address the common thread of primary and integrated healthcare. Everyone is welcome!

Details:

***This event has already passed! For future series, keep an eye out for updates on our social media and in our newsletter***

Date: November 9th, 2022
Time: 12:00 –1:00 pm AST
To Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XL6G-0KTTAejioZZZHaOgA

After registering, you will receive an email with details about joining the Zoom session. If you need assistance registering email bricns@dal.ca.

The seminar will cover two topics: 

  • Maddie Gallant will present “Implementation and Evaluation Strategies for the Eat, Sleep, Console Model of Care for Neonates Diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: A Scoping Review Protocol” 
     
  • Sarah MacDougall will present “Examining Socio-Economic Disparities Among E-cigarette Users in Comparison to Cigarette Smokers in Canada” 

About the Speakers

Maddie Gallant is a 1st year PhD student in Nursing under supervision by Dr. Christine Cassidy & Dr. Megan Aston. Currently, she works as a Research Assistant at Dalhousie University and Perinatal Nurse Consultant at Reproductive Care Program IWK Health.  

Sarah MacDougall is a 4th Year MD student. She will be presenting on her research conducted under supervision by Dr. Mark Asbridge.  Sarah is driven by her interests in public health, preventative medicine, and women’s health. On her spare time, she likes to go biking, hiking, and baking deserts.

BRIC NS Student Seminar Series

The BRIC NS Student Seminar Series is an opportunity for students across Nova Scotia to share their completed or in-progress research. Presentations cover a wide-variety of disciplines, but all address the common thread of primary and integrated health care. Everyone is welcome!

Details:

Date: September 14th, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm AST
To Registerhttps://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_G4_oR-_KQl-mnUcD8ETWXw

After registering, you will receive an email with details about joining the Zoom session. If you need assistance registering email bricns@dal.ca.

This seminar will cover two topics:

Emily Wildeboer will present: The Relationship Between Chronic Pain and Suicidality in Adolescents
Courtney Langille will present: The Prevalence of Pregnancy-Specific Perinatal Anxiety in Nova Scotia

About the speakers:

Emily Wildeboer is starting her third year of her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University. Her research is conducted out of the It Doesn’t Have to Hurt research lab in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research at IWK Health, under the supervision of Dr. Christine Chambers. Emily’s research interests include chronic pain, mental health, and patient engagement. Her current research explores the complex relationship between chronic pain and suicidality in youth while incorporating a patient-oriented perspective.

Courtney Langille is a fourth-year medical student at Dalhousie University. Her research is supervised by Dr. Helena Piccinini. She is interested in improving awareness of the prevalence and impact of mental health conditions in Nova Scotia, including in the prenatal population. Her talk will describe the prevalence of a subtype of anxiety, pregnancy-specific perinatal anxiety, in the pregnant population of Nova Scotia.

BRIC NS Student Seminar Series

The BRIC NS Student Seminar Series is an opportunity for students across Nova Scotia to share their completed or in-progress research. Presentations cover a wide-variety of disciplines, but all address the common thread of primary and integrated health care. Everyone is welcome!

Details:

Date: July 13, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm AST
To Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4RR3_i9fRj-AAIgCIxdfkA

After registering, you will receive an email with details about joining the Zoom session. If you need assistance registering email bricns@dal.ca.

This seminar will cover two topics:

Brannon Senger will present: Pathways to care, perceptions of services and clinical outcomes in a first episode psychosis setting.
Chiara Gottheil will present: Understanding diagnostic pathways for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer: A mixed-methods study.

About the speakers:

Brannon Senger is completing his first year in clinical psychology. With a Master’s in Public Health, his interests are in improving mental healthcare by making services more accessible and fostering coordination between primary care and specialized psychiatric services. Brannon strongly believes in the scientist-practitioner model and hopes to conduct research that improves outcomes for those with mental illness and have this research inform his future clinical work.

Chiara Gottheil is finishing the first year of her Master’s in Community Health & Epidemiology at Dalhousie University. Chiara works under the supervision of Dr. Robin Urquhart. Previously, Chiara completed an honours BSc at Queen’s University in Life Science. Her research will examine barriers to diagnosing ovarian cancer in Nova Scotia. Ovarian cancer is typically diagnosed at a late stage, so this research will help determine why that is and how we can diagnose it in a more timely manner. Chiara is looking forward to speaking about her project!

Congratulations to the ACTing Collectively Project Team

Congratulations to the ACTing Collectively Project Team who were recently awarded funding by the Department of Seniors and Long-term Care ($517,500 over 3 years) to augment funds previously granted by the NSH Research Fund ($99,308 over 2 years) in 2021 for their proof-of-concept study, ‘ACTing Collectively to map and address the needs of community-living older adults in Nova Scotia’.

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Blog: Patient Partners and researchers work together to navigate and spread knowledge about nurse-led primary care in Nova Scotia

Alannah Delahunty-Pike – Research Associate
Donna Rubenstein and Judy Porter – Patient Partners  

Knowledge translation, or KT, is an integral part of health research projects. KT is how we share what is learned in a study and how to apply those learnings. In a Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) grant, Patient Partners and researchers can work together to move beyond sharing study findings. An integrated KT approach demonstrating co-development and team collaboration with visuals, allows us to begin to do that.

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Welcome to the new BRIC NS leadership team!

The BRIC NS team is delighted to share exciting updates on the future of BRIC NS.  BRIC NS, along with the other SPOR PIHCI Networks, has applied for funding to form a pan-Canadian Primary Care Network. The results of this funding competition will be known in early spring 2022. BRIC NS will continue to focus on research support and development, capacity building, and engagement in the province. In addition, we will have more responsibility for pan-Canadian activities in the new Primary Care Network.
 
Dr. Emily Gard Marshall, Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Dalhousie University, who participated in writing the initial BRIC NS grant and has acted as co-Investigator and BRIC NS Management Committee member, will oversee the management and operations of BRIC NS going forward. Dr. Ruth Lavergne, Canada Research Chair in Primary Care in the Department of Family Medicine at Dalhousie University, is the new Nova Scotia Co-Investigator in the SPOR Primary Care Network. Working together, Drs. Marshall and Lavergne will ensure that BRIC NS continues its work of supporting primary and integrated health care research in Nova Scotia and contributes to the mission and goals of the pan-Canadian network. Success in the SPOR Primary Care Network funding application will also include a greater role for the Nova Scotia practice-based research network known as MaRNet led by Dr. Matt Grandy. Dr. Fred Burge, who has acted as the Science Lead and Nominated Principal Investigator for BRIC NS since 2015, is retiring and stepping down from his role. We are thankful for his continued support and guidance over the next few months as we make these transitions.
 
As always, reach out to us at bricns@dal.ca if you have any questions or if we can support you in your primary health care research.

BRIC NS Student Seminar Series

The BRIC NS Student Seminar Series is an opportunity for students across Nova Scotia to share their completed or in-progress research. Presentations cover a wide-variety of disciplines, but all address the common thread of primary and integrated health care. Everyone is welcome!

Details:

Date: March 9, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm AST
To Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RwU9QET6Tniui-z1Oanzzw

After registering, you will receive an email with details about joining the Zoom session. If you need assistance registering email bricns@dal.ca.

This seminar will cover two topics:

Julia Kontak will present: The role of Youth Engagement in Health Promoting Schools

Rachel Erskine will present: Thyroid testing: Are we choosing wisely?

About the speakers:

Julia Kontak is a PhD in Health student at Dalhousie University. Julia’s research interests include healthy school communities, youth engagement and knowledge translation. Julia’s PhD work is embedded within UpLift, a School-Community-Partnership co-led by her supervisor, Dr. Sara Kirk, that aims to catalyze and support Health Promoting Schools efforts across Nova Scotia, Canada. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Julia completed her MA in Health Promotion at Dalhousie University and worked at two leading health research organizations in Nova Scotia. Most recently, Julia held the position of the Knowledge Translation Coordinator at the Maritime SPOR Support Unit for four years.

Rachel Erskine is a fourth year medical student at Dalhousie University, planning to pursue a career in Family Medicine. Her research interests include quality improvement and medical education. This talk will provide an update on current thyroid screening guidelines. A chart review at a Dalhousie Family medicine clinic was done to assess how well we are adhering to the Choosing Wisely guidelines when it comes to TSH testing. We also compare our performance prior to pandemic restrictions to during restrictions and hope to spark discussion on how COVID restrictions have impacted clinical decision making. 

Health System Impact Fellows

Congratulations to BRIC NS member Mike Reid, chosen as one of the 2021 CIHR Health System Impact Fellows. His work will explore how people accessing the health care system have a differing experience with primary health care as their health care needs become more complex and he will be working with Nova Scotia Health. Read more here.

Primary Health Care Learning Series

Join us to learn research and quality assurance projects being conducted by the primary and integrated health care community

Date: February 9, 2022 | 12:00 – 1:15 pm AST

This event is free and open to everyone. You must register in advance: https://bit.ly/3gaeQ4m. If you need help registering please contact bricns@dal.ca. Information about joining the webinar will be sent after registration.

This seminar will consist of two presentations:

Talking ’bout my generation: Practice patterns among early-career family physicians and implications for primary care policy and workforce planning

About the speaker:

Dr. Ruth Lavergne is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Dalhousie University and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Primary care. Dr. Lavergne’s program of research aims to address disparities in access and build evidence to ensure primary care organization, delivery, and workforce meet the needs of Canadians now and in the future. She leads the Early Career Primary Care (ECPC) study, which is exploring changing practice patterns among family physicians, as well as practice intentions and choices among family medicine residents and early career physicians.

The kids are alright: Influences on the intentions for obstetric practice among family physicians and residents in Canada

About the speaker:

Dr. Emily Gard Marshall is an Associate Professor in the Dalhousie Department of Family Medicine Primary Care Research Unit, cross appointed with Community Health and Epidemiology, and Psychiatry, as well as a Nova Scotia Health Affiliated Scientist. Her mixed methods research examines primary healthcare from patient, provider, and system perspectives to address the quadruple aim: promoting population health, optimizing costs, enhancing patient experience, and supporting care team well-being. Foci include access, continuity, and comprehensiveness to improve equity and optimize outcomes across the life course, involving population data and equity-deserving populations. She leads multiple pan-Canadian studies including the CIHR COVID-19 Rapid Response funded PUPPY-Study. Dr. Marshall is the 2020 recipient of the NAPCRG Mid-Career Researcher Award.