SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations: Objectives of the pan-Canadian Network

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Questions

  1. What is the main goal of the pan-Canadian Network?
  2. Why was the focus changed from one strictly on primary health care?
  3. What is CIHR's vision for this network, and how it will look in two years?
  4. What is CIHR's vision for SPOR, and why was it created?
  5. How will success be measured?
  6. What measures will be put in place to help ensure sustainability?

Answers

1. What is the main goal of the pan-Canadian Network?

The main goal of the pan-Canadian Network is to support evidence informed transformation and delivery of more cost-effective and integrated health care to improve clinical, population health, health equity and health system outcomes.

2. Why was the focus changed from one strictly on primary health care?

Following extensive consultations and the advice of the SPOR National Steering Committee, the initial concept of a network focused on primary health care has evolved to encompass primary and integrated services across and beyond sectors of health care to improve health and health care for individuals with complex needs, while building on foundations in CBPHC research and service delivery models.

3. What is CIHR's vision for this network, and how it will look in two years?

The overall vision for the pan-Canadian Network is to catalyze the creation of learning systems across the country (through a network of networks model) that create a paradigm shift in the traditional research enterprise – shifting towards an enterprise where research is embedded within health policy and practice decision-making and informs the design, evaluation and scale-up of primary and integrated models of care that generate real improvements in individual and population health, health equity and health system outcomes.

4. What is CIHR's vision for SPOR, and why was it created?

SPOR is a national coalition of federal, provincial and territorial partners (patients and caregivers, researchers, health practitioners, policy makers, provincial/territorial health authorities, academic institutions, charities, pharmaceutical sector, etc.) dedicated to the integration of research into care. The objective is to foster evidence-informed health care by evaluating innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches and bringing them to the point of care.

Canadian research excellence is recognized globally and the country ranks amongst the top in the world in terms of scientific impact of its health research. Yet, evidence shows that 50% of patients do not get treatments of proven effectiveness and up to 25% get care that is not needed or potentially harmful.

Incentives for health research are not focused on these problems – bringing research and decision- makers/patients together requires a change in culture and approach. The challenge is to develop and apply research that will ensure a more effective use of existing health resources and the introduction of more cost-effective diagnostic and treatment strategies, so as to curb costs while offering high quality care.

This integration of research into care is what SPOR has set out to achieve.

5. How will success be measured?

A performance measurement framework will be developed in consultation with the pan-Canadian Network.

6. What measures will be put in place to help ensure sustainability?

CIHR will work closely with partners and the pan-Canadian Network to foster the long-term sustainability of the Network.

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