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In this issue

1. Recently funded research
2. Foundations in Patient-Oriented Research Curriculum
3. Canadian contact list for PREMs and PROMs
4. BRIC NS Student Award
BRIC NS success in CIHR competition!

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

Integrating end of life care to help people stay in the community: The essentials for success  (Knowledge Synthesis) is led by BRIC NS member Dr. Grace Warner and partnered with PEI.  The project focuses on understanding and supporting the complex needs to patients and their family caregivers who are dealing with multiple chronic conditions and/or life limiting illnesses.  Read more.

Integrating Paramedics and Primary Palliative teams to Optimize Patient Time in the Community at the End-of-Life (Comparative Program and Policy Analysis) is led by BRIC NS member Dr. Alix Carter and partnered with BC.  This project is a comparative analysis of two provinces, one with and one without a program where paramedics provide palliative care in the home, to assess the program's effectiveness.  Read more.

BRIC NS members are also partners on the following successful grants.  Details of these projects are on our website.

Knowledge Synthesis:
  • Case management in primary care to improve outcomes among frequent users of health care services with chronic conditions: a realist synthesis of what works, for whom and in what circumstances (Led by Quebec with partners in NS, SK, NL)
  • Identifying and Understanding the Health and Social Care Needs of Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions and their Caregivers: A Scoping Review (Led by Ontario with partners in NS, QC, SK)
Comparative Program and Policy Analysis
  • Policies and program innovations that connect primary health care, social services, public health and community supports in Canada: A comparative policy analysis  (Led by Quebec with partners in NS, NB, AB, MB, BC, NL, PE)
Congratulations to all of the BRIC NS members involved in successful grants.  If you are thinking of applying for the next round of funding please contact to set up a consultation.
Foundations in Patient-Oriented Research Curriculum

CIHR has developed a curriculum for those involved or interested in Patient-Oriented research.  The Curriculum is delivered by the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit. The program is delivered to researchers, patients, clinicians, policymakers and healthcare decision makers to learn more about patient-oriented research and partnerships. The training is delivered with the principles of co-learning, meaning that patients, researchers, policy makers and decision makers come together for a richer learning experience for all. 

There are three modules, which can be taken in any order.  Registration is free and available through the MSSU's training and events page.
Research on PREMS and PROMs

The Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit is developing a pan-Canadian contact list for researchers who specialize in Patient Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMs) and Patient Reported Experience Measures (PREMs).  Anyone interested in being added to this list should contact
BRIC NS Student Award

BRIC NS is pleased to announce that we have partnered with NSHRF to offer the BRIC NS Student Research Award as a supplementary award to the Scotia Scholars Award.  Two awards of $1500 will be given annually to Master's/PhD students working in primary and integrated health care research in an area related to the mandate of BRIC NS.  More details will be sent when the application is available on the NSHRF website in mid-February.

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