Dear Members,

We are happy to share that our SPOR Refresh Focus Groups were successful, with great learnings shared with other SPOR Directors this past 5th and 6th of March in Ottawa. We will share updates about this gathering next month and look forward to hearing your take-aways too.

Many thanks to those who joined us for our Learning Series on February 27th, The Role of Primary Care Practice-Based Research and Learning Networks in Pragmatic Clinical Trials. We were thrilled to have people log in from as far afield as Europe and Africa. The discussion was rich and there is clearly an appetite for international collaboration. If you would like to see the recording and / or view the slide-show, please head to our website.

We are also excited that the registration link for our November 18th and 19th Primary Care Learning Cycle is now live on Eventbrite, as well as the Hilton hotel link where you can reserve your room. Additional details can be found below!

Please be sure to forward this newsletter to anyone you think might be interested, or if this has been forwarded to you, please sign up for our monthly newsletter here.

As ever, we look forward to connecting with many of you virtually or in person.

Be well,

—The CPCRN Team

Network News

Welcome Sareh Mahabadi – CPCRN Patient Engagement Specialist

Sareh Mahabadi is joining us as our new Patient Engagement Specialist and will help to facilitate the work of our pan-Canadian Patient Council, amplifying patient voices and lived experience. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Saskatchewan. Her academic and professional journeys focus on a commitment to advancing healthcare, clinical research and policy, through a patient-centered approach. She is passionate about integrating medical knowledge with evidence-based research to contribute to clinical research and healthcare policy, with a particular focus on the application of patient-centered methodologies. 

Save the Dates – Conferences

International Conference on Integrated Care, April 22nd – 24th, 2024 – Belfast, Northern Ireland

The International Conference on Integrated Care is taking place in Belfast, Northern Ireland on April 22 – 24, 2024. The conference will bring together leaders, researchers, clinicians, managers, community representatives, patients and caregivers from around the world who are engaged in the design and delivery of integrated health and care. Two of our members are presenting with their teams:

  • Dr. Catherine Hudon and Mireille Lambert will present the development of a program theory on the scale-up of integrated care programs: Elicit an initial program theory on the scale-up of integrated care programs: first step of a realist synthesis.
  • Dr Shelley Doucet, Dr Alison Luke and Charlotte Schwarz will co-present an implementation analysis on facilitators, barriers and outcomes of our case management intervention: Case management for individuals with complex care needs: Factors assisting and hindering implementation and positive outcomes.

Canadian Healthcare Navigation Conference, May 1st – 2nd, 2024 – Virtual

The 4th Canadian Healthcare Navigation Conference will be held virtually on May 1-2, 2024 over 2 half days. This year’s conference will highlight Innovations in Healthcare Navigation. Abstracts are welcome on a variety of topics, including innovations in healthcare navigation practice, education, administration, and research. Register on Eventbrite! (Individuals with lived experience are eligible to apply for a registration subsidy. Group discounts for groups of 10 or more). Submission information for posters can be found here. Deadline March 29, 2024.

CAHSPR May 14th – 16th, 2024 – Ottawa

Reminder that the next CAHSPR Conference is coming up in May. Registration opened on February 1st, 2024. Visit their website for more details.

POSTPONED International Congress for Circumpolar Health, June 18th – 20th, 2024 – Yellowknife

Due to the high risk of drought and wildfires in the Northwest Territories this spring, the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health (CSCH) and the International Union for Circumpolar Health (IUCH) have made the difficult decision to postpone the 18th International Congress for Circumpolar Health (ICCH18). They did this to ensure the wellbeing of participants, minimize logistical problems and costs, and out of respect and concern for the residents of Yellowknife and other communities in the region. The organizing committee is currently looking at options for a new date and possibly a new location. They will provide updates and details as soon as possible. Please contact if you have questions or need more information.

CPCRN Primary Care Learning Cycle, November 18th – 19th, 2024 – Quebec City

We are excited to share registration and hotel links for our Primary Care Learning Cycle for this November in Quebec City, just before the NAPCRG Conference. There is no cost to attend.

The goals of the Primary Care Learning Cycle are:

  • To co-design an action plan that aligns the work of CPCRN with an essential part of a primary care learning health system.
  • Engage network members and allies in a series of sprints to move us closer to embedding applied research and evidence supports in care delivery.
  • To bring our diverse partners together to network and learn from each other.

We hope to see many of you there! See details and register for our conference at this link. Book your Hilton hotel room here. Please reach out to our Administrative Coordinator, Manuela Beeckmans at if you have any questions.

Save the Dates – Learning Series

    Essential Learning Health System Structures in Primary Care: What Are They and How Did You Implement Them?

    March 26th, 2024 from 12 – 1 pm ET


    • Jennifer Rayner (PhD), Dir. of Research and Policy at the Alliance for Healthier Communities, Research Professor at Western University at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and Assoc. Prof. at University of Toronto in the Department of Community and Family Medicine
    • Mpho Begin, Member of the CPCRN Patient Advisory Council, Member of the HDRN Public Advisory Council, Member of the PAN & CDHE Patient Partner Evaluators

     Please click here to view flyer.

    Please follow this link to register on Zoom.

    Evolving Practiced-Based Research and Learning Networks (PBLRNs) into Learning Health Systems Through Co-Design with All Stakeholders

    April 23rd, 2024 from 12 – 1 pm ET


    • Onil Bhattacharyya (MD, PhD), Director, Women’s College Hospital (WCH) Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care, Frigon-Blau Chair in Family Medicine Research, WCH, Associate Professor, University of Toronto)
    • Ayat Salman (PhD), Operations Director of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN) at Queens University, Chair of the ISO 276 in Biobanking and Biotechnology)
    • Brenda Andreas(Co-Chair, CPCRN Patient Council, Patient Partner, Research Collaborator)

     Please click here to view flyer.

    Please follow this link to register on Zoom.

    CPCRN Research Project Spotlight

    Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Epidemiology, Management, and Prevention in Canadian Primary Care

    Nominated PI: Paul Ronksley


    • Objective 1: Describe the burden of polypharmacy and prescribing of appropriate and potentially inappropriate medications among patients with CKD in primary care practices.
    • Objective 2: Implement and evaluate the effectiveness of a Team Approach to Polypharmacy Evaluation and Reduction (TAPER) on process of care, clinical outcomes, and patient experience.

    Current Progress:

    • Objective 1: Completing analysis of CKD within CPCSSN dataset.
    • Objective 2: Intervention planning is underway with ethics obtained in 2/3 provinces. Preparing funding agreements and initiating clinic recruitment conversations. 

    SPOR Events and Opportunities

    CIHR Webinar: Health Workforce Data: How to optimize its use in research – April 3, 2024 (1 – 2:30 pm ET)

    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are pleased to invite health workforce researchers to an upcoming webinar titled: Health Workforce Data: How to optimize its use in research.


    • Explore the wealth of health workforce data available to Canadian researchers.
    • Gain insights into how to access and effectively use this data.
    • Understand organizational data privacy issues.

     You can view additional details and register here.

    Recruitment: Research Study on Compensating Patient Partners in Health Research in Canada

    The Centre for Research and Integrated Care (CRIC), New Brunswick’s PBRLN, is inviting Academic Health Researchers to participate in a virtual focus group or interview on Compensation-Related Barriers and Facilitators to Patient Engagement. Researchers want to hear from a wide range of individuals on what works and what does not for compensating patient research partners, and how this affects equity, diversity, and inclusion.

    Please see flyer for additional details.

    If you are interested, please reach out to:

    Health System Impact Fellowship Program in Partnership with the CFPC

    The Health System Impact (HSI) program provides highly qualified PhD trainees, postdoctoral researchers, and early career researchers in health services and policy research/related fields with the opportunity to develop embedded research projects/programs that address the most pressing problems faced by health system organizations and to support evidence-informed decisionmaking.

    Click here for more details and be sure to select the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) on the online partner linkage tool.

     If interested in applying, contact Steve Slade at the CFPC (

    Let’s Talk CIHR

    CIHR has launched on online public engagement platform and they want to hear from you. Much has changed since the SPOR program launched 10 years ago. This platform provides a dynamic space for patients, caregivers, researchers, healthcare providers, policymakers and others to connect and share insights that will help shape the future of patient-oriented research (POR).  Deadline is March 31st, 2024. Click here for more details.

    Recommended Reading

    Exploring patient perspectives on how they can and should be engaged in the development of artificial intelligence (AI) applications in health care

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is a rapidly evolving field which will have implications on both individual patient care and the health care system.  Read the full article here.

    Other Opportunities

    CHSPR Seminar: Better Data. Better Decisions. Healthier Canadians – April 10th, 2024 (12 – 1 pm PT)

    This seminar will introduce the important and rich information available at CIHI, share progress being made in Canada towards better health data, and discuss working with CIHI as a researcher or partner. Please click here for more details and to register.

    NAPCRG 52nd Annual Meeting – Call for Papers

    NAPCRG is now accepting presentation proposals for the NAPCRG 52nd Annual Meeting happening November 20-24, 2024, at the Québec City Convention Center, Québec, Canada.

    ACFAS 91st Congress – Registration & Call for Student Posters (exclusively French event)

    The 91st Congress of Acfas, organized in collaboration with the University of Ottawa, will take place from May 13th to 17th, 2024, with, as its the theme, Mobilizing Knowledge in French and will include a full week of events, symposiums, and discussions on research and knowledge. Please sign-up here.