Progress

The unique infrastructure of SPOR PIHCIN promoted capacity building within the networks seeking external research funding for many cross-jurisdictional projects, resulting in an estimate of over $5 million of additional funding being obtained.

Matching funders include CIHR, universities, foundations, provincial governments, health authorities, disease special interest associations, and other public agencies.

Importantly, SPOR PIHCIN has supported and leveraged the Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research – Primary Health Care program (TUTOR-PHC). TUTOR-PHC is a one-year, pan-Canadian, interdisciplinary research capacity building program that trains primary and integrated health care researchers and decision-makers from many disciplines.

The Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN) is also a critical data resource for both clinical quality improvement and for research. It is one of the only sources of Canada-wide primary care electronic medical record data and many of the networks currently work in close partnership with CPCSSN. The expectation going forward is that CPCSSN and PIHCIN will play a key role in ensuring primary care clinical data capture for the CIHR-funded SPOR Canadian Data Platform.