SFU project looks to patients to help shape future primary care research in BC

PREFer Research Team launches survey of patients and primary care providers to identify patient priorities for primary care.

Simon Fraser University (SFU) researchers are working with a group of 10 patients from across British Columbia to help shape future primary health care research in the province. The team, part of the B.C. Primary Health Care Research Network, has worked together to develop a survey about what research topics are important to people in B.C. As Patient Advisory member Chad Dickie said, “…patients’ voices need to be part of the research conversation to improve healthcare delivery and sustainability."

The goal of the PREFeR (PRioritiEs For Research) Project is to identify patient priorities for primary care research in B.C., and compare patient and care provider perspectives. The project focuses on primary care because this is where most people go first for medical help and advice when they have a health issue, and strong primary care is critical to our system as a whole.

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