In July 2022, the Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network (PIHCIN) adopted a new name, the SPOR Primary Care Research Network (PCRN). Stay tuned as we update this website to reflect the Network’s new vision and mission!

SPOR PRIMARY CARE RESEARCH NETWORK

The Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Primary Care Research Network (PCRN) is an established interdisciplinary and intersectoral network of people who collaborate on generating solution-focused innovations in primary health care delivery.

The SPOR PCRN’s vision is to create a sustainable pan-Canadian primary health care (PHC) learning health systems platform supported by patient-oriented, practice based-research to improve patient and provider experiences in delivering and receiving care; population health; and health care expenditures. The Network’s mission is to establish and grow provincial and territorial practice-based research and learning networks (PBRLNs) and a PHC information system that will facilitate research to spread and scale innovations in PHC across the country.

 

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SPOR PIHCI NETWORK (2014-2022)

The Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) launched the Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations (PIHCI) Network in 2014 as a pan-Canadian network of networks to create an alliance between research, policy and practice to foster a learning system that can address improvements in health and equity for individuals across the life course.

The PIHCI Network focuses on primary and integrated services across the health sector and beyond to improve the health of individuals with complex needs. With its unique network-of-network infrastructure and strong stakeholder partnerships, the PIHCI Network enables privileged population-reach as approximately 80% of the Canadian population access primary care annually.

 The PIHCI Network has supported the development of an infrastructure for 11 jurisdictional networks (all provinces and one territory) that are supported by a Network Leadership Council and a Network Coordinating Office. Links to each jurisdictional network can be found on the map above.