VANCOUVER, June 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Research to improve performance
measurement and reporting of community-based primary health care
(CBPHC) received a boost today when federal Minister of Health Leona
Aglukkaq awarded funding to 12 innovation teams.
The University of British Columbia team, co-led by Assistant Prof. Kim
McGrail, in the School of Population and Public Health, and Associate
Prof. Sabrina Wong, in the School of Nursing, received a $2.4 million
grant, co-funded with $1.9 million from the Canadian Institutes of
Health Research and $500,000 from the Michael Smith Foundation for
Health Research (MSFHR).
"UBC welcomes this support for a project that will make a real
contribution to health care in Canada," said John Hepburn, Vice
President Research and International. "This is very important work
being led by some of our country's top experts in health policy."
This CIHR CBPHC innovation team will collect and analyze data from three
regions in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec that have similar
socio-demographic characteristics. The aim is to work with providers to
learn how comprehensive performance measurement and reporting can
support improvements and innovation in how primary care services are
delivered to Canadians, especially populations who are made vulnerable
by multiple poor determinants of health.
"The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research is committed to
supporting evidence-based transformation of our health system," said
Dr. Diane Finegood, MSFHR President & CEO. "Projects such as this
reinforce our ongoing work to facilitate real-world learning systems
that translate new knowledge into better health for British
The Community Based Primary Health Care Innovation Teams are the first
component of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Signature
Initiative in CBPHC. The initiative's goals are to improve access to
appropriate community-based primary healthcare; enhance the patient
experience; and contribute to better health outcomes.
Assistant Prof. Kim McGrail:
"Currently there is a lack of routinely available data that can tell us
whether primary care services are timely, comprehensive, centered on
the patient, and integrated with the other health care services that
patients receive. This grant gives us an opportunity to conduct
research about what data we need and how best to report information so
that it is meaningful and useful to primary care providers."
Associate Prof. Sabrina Wong
"Primary health care is where most people first come into contact with
the health system, and where many health problems are managed or
resolved," said Associate Prof. Wong. "Our research will focus on
improving the science of measuring performance in primary health care
and how best to report change and innovation so that clinicians and
decision-makers can learn from each other. The intent is to strengthen
primary health care so that it is more responsive to Canadians' needs."
About the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research:
The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) harnesses the power of health research to improve the health of British
Columbians and their health system. It does this by building BC's
capacity for world-class research by funding the best scientists;
coordinating the sharing of health research resources across the
province; and bringing people together for health research planning and
action. Learn more at www.msfhr.org.
About the University of British Columbia:
The University of British Columbia (UBC) is one of North America's largest public research and teaching
institutions, and is consistently ranked among the world's 40 best
universities. Surrounded by the beauty of the Canadian West, it is a
place that inspires bold, new ways of thinking that have helped make it
a national leader in areas as diverse as community service learning,
sustainability and research commercialization. UBC offers more than
56,000 students a range of innovative programs and attracts $550
million per year in research funding from government, non-profit
organizations and industry through over 8,000 projects and grants.
SOURCE: Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
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School of Nursing
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