SIIReN - System Integration & Innovation Research Network


Primary Health Care System


The PHCS Program has the following mechanisms in place to support research and knowledge transfer:



The PHCS Program has begun “Research Rounds” that are presented to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) of Ontario, Primary Health Care Branch (and all interested Ministry staff) via in-person and video conference. The MOHLTC is presented with abstracts from relevant research projects and chooses those that are the most relevant/interesting to them for presentation.

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An Innovative Model of Care for Enhancing the Management of Dementia in Primary Care
Linda Lee, McMaster University, The Centre for Family Medicine
Additional information:
Building Capacity for Dementia Care. Training program to develop primary care memory clinics. Linda Lee, MD MISc(FM) CCFP, FCFP, M. Janet Kasperski, RN, MHSc, CHE, W. Wayne Weston, MD, CCFP, FCFP Can Fam Physician 2011;57:e249-52
Enhancing Dementia Care: A Primary Care-Based Memory Clinic.
Linda Lee, MD, MCISc, Loretta M. Hillier, MA, Paul Stolee, PHD, George Heckman, MD, MSc, Micheline Gagnon, MD, Med, Carrie A. McAiney, Phd and David Harvey, MA. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2010 Nov;58(11):2197-204
October 11, 2012

Comparison of Primary Care Models in the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
Presenters: Clare Liddy and Jatinderpreet Singh. Bruyere Research Institute, Ottawa
For more information please visit
Publication Citations: Liddy C, Singh J, Hogg W, Dahrouge S, Taljaard M. Comparison of primary care models in the prevention of cardiovascular disease – a cross sectional study. BMC Fam Pract 2011 October 18;12(1):114. Liddy C, Hogg W, Russell G et al. Improved Delivery of Cardiovascular Care (IDOCC) through Outreach Facilitation: Study protocol and implementation details of a cluster randomized controlled trial in primary care. Implementation Sci 2011 September 27;6(1)110.
September 13, 2012

A Comprehensive Assessment of Primary Care Performance: What does it tell us? Relationship Between Performance Dimensions
Simone Dahrouge and William Hogg, University of Ottawa
June 21st , 2012

The effectiveness and cost of financial incentives for cancer screening among primary care physicians in Ontario
Tara Kiran Staff Physician, Family & Community Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital, Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, New Investigator, Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto and Richard Glazier, Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Scientist, Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St. Michael’s Hospital, Professor, Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital
May 17, 2012

Better care for less money: The outreach facilitation quality improvement model
William Hogg, Élisabeth-Bruyère Research Institute, University of Ottawa.
April 19, 2012

Complex-vulnerable patients in primary care: Highlights of a ten-year program of research on disability and primary care
Mary Ann McColl, PhD, MTS, Centre for Health Services & Policy Research, Queen's University
April 6, 2012

Community Health Centre and Aboriginal Health Access Centre Research Strategy
Arron Service, Ph.D, Community Health Centre Regional Decision Support Specialist, East (Champ and SE LHINs)
March 15, 2012

Characteristics of Primary Care Settings That Succeed in Achieving High Quality of Care for Chronic and Acute Conditions
Marie-Dominique Beaulieu Université de Montréal and Bill Hogg, University of Ottawa
February16, 2012

Canadian Primary Health Care Research Network (CPHCRN)
Bill Hogg, University of Ottawa
January 25, 2012

Development of a National Framework for Performance Measurement in Primary Care
Brenda Tripper, Canadian Institutes of Health Information (CIHI) and Bill Hogg, University of Ottawa
January 25, 2012

Integrating Communication Supports into Primary Care Practice: Interpreters, Cultural-Brokers, and Google Translated
Kevin Pottie MD, CCFP, MClSc, FCFP, University of Ottawa
January 19, 2012

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The Feasibility of Using a Patient-Controlled Health Record
Lisa Dolovich and David Price, McMaster University
November 17, 2011

Can Quality Improvement Initiatives Improve Diabetes Care? The Partnerships for Health Project
Stewart Harris, Jann Paquette-Warren, The University of Western Ontario
October 20, 2011

Linking primary care physicians with specialists through E-Consultation
Clare Liddy, University of Ottawa
September 15, 2011

Patterns of Specialty Medical Referral: Analysis of a Primary Health Care Electronic Medical Record Database
Dr. Joshua Shadd, Dr. Bridget L. Ryan, Dr. Moira Stewart, Dr. Armadeep Thind
May 19, 2011

Just-in-time (JIT) Librarian Consultation Service
William Hogg, Jessee McGowen
April 14, 2011

Improved Weight Management in Primary Care
P. Brauer, D. Royall, J.J.M. Dwyer, A.M. Edwards, R. Goy, T. Hussey, N. Kates, O. O'Young,
H. Smith, and R. Kirkconnell, Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph
March 17, 2011

Home Birth: Facts, Biases and Liability
Katrina Kilroy, Mount Sinai Hospital/Midwifery Collective of Toronto
March 2, 2011

Primary care utilization among adults with dual diagnosis (developmental disability and psychiatric disorder)
Yona Lunsky, Elizabeth Lin, Paul Kurdyak, Rob Balogh, Jennifer Bennie, Julie Klein-Geltink, Drew Wilton, Alexander Kopp, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
February 17, 2011

Disability and primary care: Accessibility and Quality of Care
Mary Ann McColl, PhD, Queen's University
February 2, 2011

Primary Care Reform and the Provision of Care to Patients with Mental Illness
Leah Steele, University of Toronto
January 19, 2011

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Virtual Ward, South East Toronto Family Health Team Vision: To provide for safe and seamless transition of patients between primary care and acute care.
Kavita Mehta, Tia Pham, South East Toronto Family Health Team
December 16, 2010

Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners
Alba DiCenso, McMaster University
December 2, 2010

Performance feedback to interdisciplinary primary care teams
Sharon Johnston1*, Michael Green, Patricia Thille, Colleen Savage, Lynn Roberts, Grant Russell, William Hogg1
1CT Lamont Primary Health Care Research Centre, Elisabeth Bruyere Research Institute. University of Ottawa, Department of Family Medicine. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada  *These authors contributed equally to this work  §Corresponding author
November 23, 2010

Determining the Reliability and Validity of the Interprofessional Team Functioning Survey
Roberta Heale, Lorraine Carter, Patti Dickieson & Elizabeth Wenghofer
School of Nursing, Laurentian University
November 17, 2010

Organizational attributes of primary care associated with team functioning in Family Health Teams
Michelle Howard, Kevin Brazil, Noori Akhtar-Danesh, Gina Agarwal, McMaster University
November 5, 2010

Virtual Ward: An Integrated Care Model for Hospital-to-Home Transitions for Adults with Complex Health Care Needs, A partnership between acute, community and primary care providers
Ifran Dhalla, St. Michael’s Hospital
June 11, 2010

Comparison Models of Primary Health Care in Ontario,
Bill Hogg, Simone Dahrouge (PIs: Dr. Hogg & Louise Ogilvie), University of Ottawa
April 19, 2010

Best Practices in Primary Care for Mental Health and Addictions Problems
Moira Stewart, Graham Reid, Cathy Thorpe, The University of Western Ontario
March 29, 2010

Performance Measurement and Feedback in Family Health Teams
Michael Green, University of Ottawa
January 28, 2010

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Comparisons among patient enrolment models in: 1) Access to care (after-hours care, ED visits), 2) Technical performance including preventive health care and chronic disease management; 3) Equity (SES, immigration, case mix, urban-rural issues) and 4) Continuity and comprehensiveness of care

Rick Glazier, ICES
November 2009

Quality in Family Practice
Cheryl Levitt, Lisa Dolovich, David Price, Kalpana Nair, Linda Hilts, McMaster University
October 2009


These fellowships are offered to Ontario residents in order to build capacity in primary health care research in Ontario.

2012 - 2013:   Each fellowship is $10,5000

2011 - 2012:   Each fellowship is $15,000; - 6 applications received, 4 funded

2010 - 2011:   Each fellowship is $15,000; - 15 applications received, 3 funded

JANUARY 2010: Four research fellowships were awarded at $10,000 each



The seed funding competition grants are intended to build research capacity in primary health care system and should be designed to produce findings that can be used to support the preparation of a larger research proposal submitted for other external funding.


2011-2012: 7 applications received, 4 awarded

2010-2011: 14 applications received, 5 awarded

JANUARY 2010: Three seed funding applications were successful:






JANUARY 2010:   Three applications were successful:



Click here to see details on the upcoming Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day eventThe Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day is an event held in June each year that brings together researchers, decision makers and policy makers working in the area of primary health care. The day consists of paper and poster presentations, distinguished lecture and keynote speaker as well as skill building workshops. This conference helps to raise awareness of the PHCS research recently completed or currently underway in Ontario.

Please visit the Trillium website for more information:


Click here to see more details for the International Health Workforce Collaborative Conference13 th INTERNATIONAL HEALTH WORKFORCE COLLABORATIVE CONFERENCE - OCTOBER 2011

For conference details:

The Primary Health Care System (PHCS) Program helped to support Dr. Marie-Helene Chomienne’s (University of Ottawa) trip to this conference. She has prepared a brief report on the panel entitled:

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