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
Abstract: 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.
Fee: $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
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.
Fee: $249 Please mark the appropriate box for PR2 on the Registration Form.
(Fee includes breaks and lunch)
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
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.