Post-Conference Workshop

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

This workshop, held on March 6, 2020, provided a forum for learning and discussion about the infrastructure, tools, and initiatives currently underway in BC to support a primary care learning health system, and discussed the progress BC has made towards developing such a system. Speakers and participants shared reflections on these developments in their context. The workshop was hosted by the BC Primary Health Care Research Network and sponsored by the BC General Practice Services Committee.

The workshop was attended by 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.

The workshop objectives were for participants to be able to :

  • 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.


1:45 pm | Welcome
Speaker: Sabrina Wong, Professor, UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research and School of Nursing

1:50 pm | Workshop overview and GPSC perspectives
Speaker: Fiona Duncan, MD, Family Physician and Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC Department of Family Practice

2:00 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

2:05 pm | Overview of supporting the Ministry of Health to 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 [This presentation involved a work-in-progress learning cycle and it will be shared once further validated.]

2:20 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 [Slides]

2:35 pm | Coffee/stretch break

3:00 pm | Development of the patient reported experience survey
Speaker: Lena Cuthbertson, Office of Patient-Centred Measurement, BC Ministry of Health [Slides]

3:15 pm | Enabling a learning system in primary care through practice facilitation
Speaker: Alia Leslie, Manager, Community Quality and Implementation, Doctors of BC [Slides]

3:30 pm | Facilitated small group discussion
Facilitator: Victoria Schuckel, BC Ministry of Health

4:10 pm | Wrap up
Speaker: Sabrina Wong, Professor, UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research and School of Nursing

Questions? Please contact Allison Ezzat at