Post-Conference Workshop

Moving towards a learning health care system in primary care in BC

Hosted by the BC Primary Health Care Research Network
Friday, March 6, 2020
1:30 to 4 pm | Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront
$75 ($50 for students)

This workshop will discuss the progress BC has made towards developing a primary care learning health system. Speakers and participants will share reflections on these developments in their context.

This workshop will be of interest to a variety of stakeholders including those engaged in Primary Care Network operations, primary care clinicians, and researchers with an interest in learning health care systems and team-based primary health care.


To provide a forum for learning and discussion about the infrastructure, tools, and initiatives currently underway in BC to support a primary care learning health system.


At the end of this session, participants will:

  • Identify structures and supports involved in a learning health care system including:
    1. Building the infrastructure for secure and ethical use of primary care data,
    2. Developing tools and measures (i.e. patient and primary care surveys),
    3. Promoting learning and quality improvement initiatives for clinicians,
    4. Creating an iterative learning system.
  • Provide their reflections on these structures in the development of a learning health care system in primary care.

Preliminary program

1:30 pm | Welcome and workshop overview
Speaker: Dr. Fiona Duncan, MD, Family Physician and Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC Department of Family Practice

1:40 pm | Ministry of Health considerations on the development of learning health care system
Speaker: Shana Ooms, Executive Director of Primary Care in the Primary and Community Care Policy Division, BC Ministry of Health

1:45 pm | Overview of supporting the Ministry of Health develop cycles of learning to inform primary care
Speaker: Morgan Price, MD, PhD, CCFP, FCFP Associate Professor, Primary Care Informatics L.E.A.D. Lab

2:00 pm | Steps towards a learning health care system in Kootenay Boundary
Speaker: Jen Ellis, PhD, Quality Improvement Manager for Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice

2:15 pm | Coffee/stretch break

2:45 pm | Building the data infrastructure for a learning health care system
Speaker: TBA

3:00 pm | Developing the patient experience survey and tools
Speaker: Lena Cuthbertson, Provincial Executive Director, Patient-Centred Performance Measurement & Improvement, Providence Health Care

3:30 pm | Quality Improvement initiatives for clinicians
Speaker: TBA

3:45 pm | Small group break out discussions


Registration for this workshop is separate from the main conference registration.

Questions? Please contact Allison Ezzat at