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PreConference Workshops

Friday, November 21

9 am–5 pm

PR1: Designing, Conducting and Reporting Mixed Studies Reviews:

Introduction, Review Questions and Synthesis Designs
Pierre Pluye, MD, PhD, Quan Nha Hong, Isabelle Vedel, MD, PhD

Mixed studies reviews include qualitative, quantitative and mixed

methods studies. This form of literature review is becoming popular as it provides a

rich understanding of complex health interventions and programs.

Audience: This workshop targets about 20 researchers, graduate students and

postdoctoral fellows who desire to know more on how to design, conduct and

report mixed studies reviews. The format is based on workshops and graduate

courses that the authors led in Canada, Europe and Brazil.

Rationale: Primary care researchers often have to deal with complex problems and

need to synthesize results of primary research studies with diverse designs. Mixed

studies reviews combine the power of numbers and the power of stories, and

provide a comprehensive understanding of complex problems.

$249 Please mark the appropriate box for PR1 on the Registration Form.
(Fee includes breaks and lunch)


PR2: International Collaboration in Innovating Health Systems

Chris van Weel, MD, PhD, Terry Findlay, Felicity A Goodyear-Smith, MD, MBChB, Professor

Claire Jackson, Professor Cindy Lam, Evelyn van Weel-Baumgarten, MD, PhD, Robert. Phillips, MD,

MSPH, Professor Robyn Tamblyn, Deborah Turnbull

Abstract: Background and aim: Health systems differ around the world but face

comparable problems in their performance: the challenge to meet ever more

complex health needs of diverse populations; the limitations of the disease model;

rising health care costs with limited returns in outcome. The differences in health

systems present at the same time a natural variation to study and compare the

impact of interventions to innovate the responsiveness of health systems and

improve population health. This is the rationale to pursue international collaboration

and this is the mission of the International Implementation Research Network in

Primary Care (IIRNPC) that provides the faculty of this preconference.

Expected Outcomes: The preconference is to strengthen international collaboration

in implementation research and to plan concerted actions. It provides

cutting-edge international experiences in implementation of systems’ change, for

researchers, (primary health care) professionals, policy makers and patients/service

users. It provides opportunities to identify best practices and models of success for

implementation research.

Target group: The preconference aims to bring together primary care implementation

researchers; policy makers and research funders; primary care professionals;

patients-health care users.

Program: The Progam consists of four sections in which the participants engage

with leading experts in the field to discuss the priorities for international primary

care collaboration in strengthening national and regional health systems:

1. Showcases of innovation in the delivery of primary care (care for patients

with complex diabetes mellitus; engaging the most difficult to reach – (illegal)

migrants – in primary care).

2. Funding of international studies in implementation of primary care: the

priorities of funding agencies (Commonwealth Fund, Canadian Institute

Health Research, AHRQ, Health Research The Netherlands).

3. Analysing health care systems and how international collaboration can

support national (primary) health care development (analysis of the Mexican

and Hong Kong health care systems)

4. International networking and collaboration for the innovation of healthcare

delivery: planning further concerted actions.

Methods: The pre-conference will use a number of methods to engage and inform

the participants:Short presentations, round table, panel - and plenary discussions,

small group discussions, SWOT analysis, priority setting.

$249 Please mark the appropriate box for PR2 on the Registration Form.

(Fee includes breaks and lunch)

1:30–4:30 pm

PR3: Realist Methodology for Primary Healthcare Research: What Works,

for Whom, Under What Circumstances and How?

Justin Jagosh, PhD, Paula Bush, Jon Salsberg, MA, Geoff Wong

Abstract: Realist methodology is a theory-driven approach to understanding the

complex array of factors that produce intended and unintended outcomes in health

and social interventions. In this pre-conference workshop, participants will explore

the advantages and challenges of using the methodology in evaluating or

synthesizing evidence in primary healthcare - to move past the question of ‘was

it successful?’ to better understanding how, for whom, and under what

circumstances interventions produce their particular outcomes.

Audience: We expect the audience to be mainly primary healthcare researchers,

both community as well as clinically based. There may also be a small number of

stakeholders from public health agencies who are involved in using or interpreting

evidence syntheses.

Rationale: We conducted a 90 minute Realist Methodology workshop at NAPCRG

in 2012. The 90 minute format is valuable for people who would like a basic

orientation to Realist methodology. It is not long enough to study examples or

practice doing realist analyses or designing realist research questions. Since 2012,

the profile of Realist methodology has increased, with the publication of reporting

guidelines (Wong et al. 2012), the establishment of a new Centre for Advancement

in Realist Evaluation and Synthesis (CARES), headed by Dr. Justin Jagosh at the

University of Liverpool, along with the upcoming 1st International Conference on

Realist Approaches to Evaluation and Synthesis, which will be held in Liverpool

in October 2014. Realist methodology is perfectly suited for primary healthcare

research in which complex health interventions are implemented in complex

environments and in which research is needed to make sense of how the

interaction of contexts and mechanisms produce outcomes.

Fee: $149 Please mark the appropriate box for PR3 on the Registration Form.