Our latest installment of the Sentinel Eye in this month’s Canadian Family Physician has now been published. Thanks to all our authors! You can find a copy of the article here: http://www.cfp.ca/content/58/5/e298.full.pdf+html
CPCSSN is very fortunate to have a number of articles featured this month’s Canadian Family Physician. Please take a look at the Commentary, Fast Facts,Research Web Exclusive and Sentinel Eye sections to see the wonderful contributions from our team members!
PDF versions in English and French can be found here: http://www.cfp.ca/content/by/year
CPCSSN will have two articles published in the October 2011 issue of the “Canadian Family Physician” journal. The articles featured will include a regular series titled “Sentinel Eye” as well as one focused on Ethics & Privacy.
Both articles can be found here:
The inaugural progress meeting of the National Population Health Study of Neurological Conditions (NPHSNC) was held in Toronto on March 1, 2011. Over 140 researchers, stakeholders and government representatives and Neurological Health Charities Canada (NHCC) members received a detailed introduction to the work taking place across the country. Drs. Richard Birtwhistle and Neil Drummond, primary investigators for the Neurological conditions project within CPCSSN, and Anita Lambert-Lanning, CPCSSN manager attended the event on behalf of CPCSSN. Download Brain Matters newsletters at: http://www.mybrainmatters.ca/en/brain-matters-newsletter
The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), on behalf of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN), has signed a 29 month contribution agreement with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to add three neurological conditions to the CPCSSN surveillance and research project. CPCSSN’s data collection will now include information on: rates of prevalence & incidence, risk factors, health care provision and utilization, and outcomes for Alzheimer’s and related dementias, Epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease.
Alzheimer’s and related dementias, Epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease and are three commonly found neurological conditions in Primary Care. CPCSSN is a pan-Canadian surveillance system which accesses chronic disease related data directly from the electronic medical records (EMR) of participating sentinel primary care providers, for the purposes of epidemiological research and health system utilization analyses. In order to include these conditions CPCSSN will develop and validate case definitions, as well as identify and define key additional variables related to their diagnosis, etiology and treatment. This project builds on the existing CPCSSN database to establish a primary care-based registry for patients with these conditions across the country.
CPCSSN will continue existing partnerships with CFPC, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), Canadian Primary Care Practice Based Research Networks (CPCPBRN), Canadian Universities, and will also work in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, Canadian League Against Epilepsy, Epilepsy Ontario, and the Parkinson’s Society of Canada.
Funding to integrate this neurological work with the main CPCSSN surveillance project began November 1, 2010.
VANCOUVER, BC (October 14, 2010)—Family doctors and health planners now have access to greater health information, thanks to a new and secure source of pan‐Canadian health data launched today at Family Medicine Forum 2010 in Vancouver. The Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN) is a ground‐breaking initiative—the first of its kind in Canada —to help family physicians better understand and manage the chronic diseases affecting their patients, as well as health planners face the challenge of controlling chronic diseases in Canadian population…
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The CPCSSN pilot and feasibility stages I and II have been a remarkably successful venture resulting in the association of nine primary care research networks from six different provinces using seven different electronic medical record systems. Approximately 140 sentinel physician practices were recruited between 2008-2010. CPCSSN’s goal is to have between 600-1000 sentinel physician practices by 2015. A national network of data managers, network directors strategized and effectively partnered with the CFPC throughout the two years of the feasibility project. A fully functional, secure, de-identified central repository was established at the High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory at Queen’s University for use by governments and academic researchers for both monitoring Canadian chronic disease rates and improving health care outcomes. Internally, plausible disease prevalence rates across all networks for all five chronic conditions initially under study were produced. Also, a viable denominator methodology using the yearly contact group was developed for chronic disease surveillance in Canada. CPCSSN has taken advantage of the unique opportunity to embrace our current EMR technology for the purpose of primary healthcare surveillance. After a successful 2 year pilot project the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) signed a 5 year agreement with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to continue surveillance on 5 chronic diseases (COPD, depression, diabetes, hypertension, and osteoarthritis) using various EMRs. Family physician offices working within nine (9) local primary care/practice-based research networks (PCPBRNs) across Canada form the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN).
Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) hosted a consensus workshop on chronic disease indicators for a Canadian primary care sentinel surveillance system in Ottawa. Attendees included representatives from the current board of directors of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN) a sub-entity of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), Chronic Disease Surveillance Advisory Committee, the Task Group on Surveillance of Chronic Disease and Injury, and the Canadian Institute of Health Information, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Recommendations from this meeting will be made available by the fall of 2010.
CPCSSN presentations were given at North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) conference in Montreal (Nov 14-18), including :
– “A Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN): Initial Development and Privacy Issues” by Jyoti Kotecha and Dr. Donna Manca
– “Towards a Primary Care-based Sentinel Surveillance System for Chronic Disease in Canada: Benefits and Implications for Public Health and Policies” by Dr. Richard Birtwhistle, Claudia Lagacé and Anita Lambert-Lanning
Family Medicine Forum 2009 in Calgary (Oct 29-31), included CPCSSN materials:
- “Improving data quality in EMRs for chronic disease management” – a presentation by Dr. Richard Birtwhistle, Dr. Karim Keshavjee, Ken Martin and Anita Lambert-Lanning
- “Development of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN): The Newfoundland Perspective” – a poster presented by Tao Chen