BRIC NS Student Research Award

Applications for the 2019 BRIC NS Student Research Award are closed.

In partnership with the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, the BRIC NS Student Research Award is offered as a supplementary award to the Scotia Scholars Award.  A minimum of two awards of $1500 will be given to Master’s/PhD students working on a research project in primary and integrated health care.

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Network Coordinating Office appoints new Executive Director

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Gillian Bartlett will be the new Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network Coordinating Office Executive Director.  The Network Coordinating Office supports BRIC NS and the other PIHCI Networks at a pan-Canadian level. Dr. Bartlett is a full professor at McGill University in Montreal as well as the Research and Graduate Programs Director and the Associate Chair in the Department of Family Medicine.  Dr. Bartlett specializes in primary care research and knowledge translation. She will start March 1, 2019.

dr. gilliam bartlettBiography

Dr. Gillian Bartlett is a tenured Professor as well as the Research and Graduate Programs Director and the Associate Chair in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University. She received her PhD in epidemiology from McGill in 2001 and her MSc in 1996. In 2014, she was awarded the Carrie M. Derick Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Supervision for McGill University and the Faculty of Medicine Honour List for Educational Excellence. Dr. Bartlett specializes in primary care research and knowledge translation. Her current concentration is on knowledge translation and stakeholder engagement around health care utilization and outcomes for vulnerable populations; implementation of precision medicine using patient-oriented strategies; and the use of education innovations to advance the discipline of family medicine and primary care.

 

SPOR PIHCI Knowledge Synthesis & Comparative Program and Policy Analysis Grants

BRIC NS is pleased to share the results of the CIHR Knowledge Synthesis and Comparative Program and Policy Analysis 2018 competitions. Three successful grants are being led by BRIC NS members:

1. The costs of Aging-in-Place for Frail Older People (Knowledge Synthesis) is being led by BRIC NS members and is partnered with the Ontario PIHCI Network. The BRIC NS Team is led by Ruth Martin-Misener and Elaine Moody and is made up of interdisciplinary health researchers, patients and decision makers.

“Older people often prefer to stay at home as they age. However, this often comes with out-of-pocket expenses for things like assistive devices and home modifications that allow people to go about their daily activities. Understanding the type of expenses people are incurring is the first step to developing better supports for people who want to stay at home as they age.” -Dr. Elaine Moody

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2. An Inter-provincial comparison of innovative programs that help individuals and families affected by life-limiting chronic illnesses navigate end-of-life (Comparative Program and Policy Analysis) is being led by BRIC NS and is partnered with the ON, PEI and BC PIHCI Networks. The team is led by Robin Urquhart and Grace Warner and is made up of interdisciplinary researchers, decision makers and patients.

“End of life care is a critical part of the health care system. It’s important to understand what programs are available to people at the end of life and to understand how patients and their families are using these programs. By looking at community-based navigation programs and whether they’re helping people achieve their end-of life goals we will be able to recommend how other programs can be designed to be most effective for patients and their families.” -Dr. Robin Urquhart

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3. A Cross-Provincial Comparison of Program and Service Innovations for Patients with Multimorbidity in Interprofessional Primary Healthcare Teams (Comparative Program and Policy Analysis) is being led by BRIC NS and is partnered with the Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador PIHCI Networks. The BRIC NS team is led by Ruth Martin-Misener and Tara Sampalli and is made up of interdisciplinary health researchers, decision makers and patients.

“Receiving care from interdisciplinary primary care teams has the potential to improve the health of patients with multiple chronic conditions. In this research, we will use recent study results from Quebec and Ontario to explore the approaches currently offered by primary care teams in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, and ask participating patients about their experiences. This will allow us to share knowledge and build tools that could lead to improvements in care for patients with multiple chronic conditions.” – Dr. Ruth Martin-Misener and Dr. Tara Sampalli

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BRIC NS members are also partners on the Knowledge Synthesis grant Interventions to Support Transitions in Care for Children and Families with Complex Health Care Needs in the Community.

Congratulations to all the BRIC NS members involved in successful grants in 2018!

BRIC NS Student Seminar Series

The BRIC NS Student Seminar Series is an opportunity for students to present their completed or in-progress research.  Presenters cover a wide range of topics and disciplines, with the common thread of primary and integrated health care research running throughout.  Everyone is welcome!

When: November 28, 2018 from 12:00 – 1:15 pm
Where: Room 313, Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Ave., Halifax

For remote attendance options please email bricns@dal.ca.

Noelle Ozog will present “Attitudes towards influenza vaccination during wait times in the emergency department.”

Ryley Urban will present “Reallocation Model for Rural Nova Scotian Primary Care Clinics, and impact on Access.”

About the speakers

Noelle Ozog graduated from Western University with a BHSc in 2012, followed by a compressed time frame BScN in 2014. She has spent her nursing career in the emergency department, and has worked in Ontario, BC and Nova Scotia. She currently working casually at the Halifax Infirmary Emergency Department while completing her MScN full time, under the supervision of Dr. Audrey Steenbeek. Her thesis is focused on exploring opportunities for influenza prevention presented by the interconnected nature of primary and emergency health care.

After completing a Bachelors of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering, Minor in Business Administration at University of Windsor, Ryley Urban has accepted the honour of pursuing a Masters of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering at Dalhousie University.  The Masters study has been fostering her academic passion: Health Care. Stating she “always thought she had the heart to be a nurse, but not the stomach” her current study is a channel for her to contribute to an aspect of society she finds critical, and invaluable.  Currently partnered with a rural Nova Scotian clinic, Ryley is studying current state, and working towards a Panel Reallocation model. This model is to be evaluated for impacts on Access, viewed in metrics of appointment wait time, as well as physician lifestyle, observed though elements such as overutilization and repetitive work.

BRIC NS Members encouraged to apply to TUTOR-PHC Program

Please note that the deadline has passed.

The call for applications for TUTOR-PHC is open to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, mid-career clinicians, and decision makers in primary health care.  As a partner organization, BRIC NS members are given preference in the competition.  BRIC NS encourages any interested applicants to contact us for more information.  The deadline to apply is December 3, 2018.

Please see our guideline document to help prepare your application.

What is the program?

TUTOR-PHC or Transdisciplinary Understandings and Training on Research – Primary Health Care, is a one-year, pan-Canadian interdisciplinary research capacity building program that has been training primary and integrated health care researchers and decision-makers from family medicine, nursing, psychology, epidemiology, social work, occupational therapy, education, policy and many other disciplines since 2003.

Why apply?

  • Primary health care research training
  • Earn University credit & CME credits
  • Valuable feedback on your own primary health care research
  • Mentorship from experienced interdisciplinary primary health care researchers and decision-makers
  • Interdisciplinary team experience

Each trainee will be responsible for a $3000 CND program fee – which includes accommodation / travel to the Symposium.

For more information, please go to the website at: www.uwo.ca/fammed/csfm/tutor-phc

Please contact Project Coordinator, Rob Van Hoorn (tutor@uwo.ca) if you are interested in applying.

BRIC NS Student Seminar Series

When:  October 3, 2018 2:30 – 3:45 pm
Where:  Room 266, Collaborative Health Education Building, 5793 University Ave., Halifax
Remote attendance will be available through Zoom.  Contact bricns@dal.ca for details.

Isaac Bai will present “Primary care prescribing patterns for patients on chronic and high dose opioid therapy: an observational study using electronic medical record data.”

About the speakers

Isaac Bai is a 3rd year pharmacy student at Dalhousie University. His interest is in evidence-based medicine and shared decision making in clinical practice. Originally from Prince Edward Island, Isaac also holds a BSc in biology from University of Prince Edward Island.

Please note that Brianna Richardson’s presentation “Parental Prevention of Newborn Pain: Exploring educational strategies for promoting parental involvement in infant procedural pain management” has been postponed.

All are welcome.  Light refreshments will be served.
For more information: bricns@dal.ca

BRIC NS Student Research Award Winners

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Winners of the 2018 BRIC NS Student Research Award. Left to right: Martha Paynter, Duygu Biricik Gulseren, Keisha Jefferies, Brianna Richardson.  Missing from photo: Noelle Ozog.

BRIC NS, in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, held a reception on September 20 to honour the recipients of the 2018 BRIC NS Student Research Award.  The award is given annually to graduate students working in primary and integrated health care research to provide financial support while they complete a thesis-based project.  Winners are chosen by a panel of reviewers based on the quality of the application, strength of the patient engagement and knowledge translation plans, and relevance to BRIC NS priorities.

The BRIC NS Student Research Award is just one of the ways that BRIC NS is working to build capacity in primary and integrated health care research.  The Award is supplemental to the NSHRF Scotia Scholars competition and is open to students at any Nova Scotia University.  This year’s winners are students and Dalhousie University and Saint Mary’s University.

The recipients and their projects are:

Duygu Biricik Gulseren (PhD, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Saint Mary’s University): Prevention of physiological stress in the workplace: The RIGHT way

Keisha Jefferies (PhD, Nursing, Dalhousie University): The Health of the Black Community and the Role of African Nova Scotian Nursing Leadership

Noelle Ozog (Master of Nursing, Dalhousie University): Feasibility of an influenza vaccination program during low acuity “wait times” at the QEII emergency department

Martha Paynter (PhD, Nursing, Dalhousie University): Perinatal health outcomes of criminalized and incarcerated women in Canada

Brianna Richardson (PhD, Nursing, Dalhousie University): The effect of an eHealth learning platform on parental confidence and involvement with healthy newborn pain management: A randomized control trial

Congratulations to all of our winners!

Project Incubator

The next Project Incubator will be October 5 from 8 am – 12 pm.  Project Incubators are an opportunity to create new, collaborative research teams with the goal of creating a research question related to BRIC NS priorities and applying for research funding.  The last Incubator was in December 2017 and we’re pleased to report that several successful projects were developed there.  This next Incubator will begin this process again.  Researchers, policy makers, citizens, students and clinicians are all welcome.

Details:

October 5, 2018 from 8am – 12 pm
North Magazine, Halifax Citadel (Citadel Hill)
On-site parking is available

Topic areas to be announced soon.

Please contact bricns@dal.ca for more information.