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Suter E, Misfeldt R, Mallinson S, Wilhelm A, Boakye O, Marchildon G, et al. Comparative Review of the Policy Landscape of Team-based Primary Health Care Service Delivery in Western Canada. Alberta Health Services; 2014.
Laberge M, Pang J, Walker K, Wong ST, Hogg W, Wodchis WP. QUALICOPC (Quality and Costs of Primary Care) Canada: A focus on the aspects of primary care most highly rated by current patients of primary care practices. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement; 2014.
Lavergne R, Peterson S, McKendry R, Sivananthan S, McGrail K. Full-Service Family Practice in British Columbia: Policy Interventions and Trends in Practice, 1991–2010. Healthcare Policy. 2014;9(4):32-47.
Puyat JH, Marhim WW, Etches D, Wilson R, Martin RE, Sajjan KK, et al. Estimating the prevalence of depression from EMRs. Canadian Family Physician. 2013;59(4).
Lavoie J, Wong ST, Chongo M, Browne AJ, MacLeod ML, Ulrich C. Group medical visits can deliver on patient-centred care objectives: results from a qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research. 2013;13.

Primary Health Care

Primary health care—everything from visits to family physicians, consultations with nurse practitioners, calls to health information lines, and advice from pharmacists—is the foundation of Canada's health care system. Research suggests that improvements in primary health care are vital to securing the sustainability and accessibility of the entire health care system.

Between 2003 and 2006, the British Columbia Ministry of Health Services supported a multistage CHSPR research program to plan and build capacity in province-wide, system-level primary health care evaluation. Using data from the BC Linked Health Database and other data sources, the Centre has made immediate contributions to the province-wide measurement and evaluation of primary health care, and broken new ground by developing a logic model and methodology for measuring performance in primary health care renewal.

More recently, CHSPR researchers have been funded to develop and implement surveys of patient experiences with primary health care. In 2009, CHSPR researchers and the Ministry of Health Services collaborated to create a second atlas of primary health care in British Columbia, as a follow-up to the first primary health care atlas, published in 2005.