Upcoming Picchione Lecture: Patients as Partners in Research and Health Care

In the 2018 Picchione Lecture, Maret Felzien and Dr. Jack Westfall from the High Plains Research Network will explore the how/when/where and, especially, the why of engaging patients in primary health care research through stories of patient engagement from Colorado, USA. Local panelists, including a local patient advocate, will bring perspectives on how patient engagement in primary health care research is unfolding in Nova Scotia.

Primary Health Care Research Day 2017 a Success

The 4th annual Primary Health Care Research Day was held on May 17, 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scoita. This year was the largest Research Day yet, with over 100 attendees. 

Dr. Fred Burge receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Fred Burge, Co-Director of CoR-PHC, is being recognized by the Nova Scotia College of Family Physicians with a lifetime achievement award for his immense contribution to primary care research and dedication to lifelong learning. His passion for providing dignified palliative care to his patients is the foundation upon which he has built his career.

Dr. Burge is committed to improving the quality of primary care, including chronic disease management, through the application of research evidence in this setting and developing tools and strategies to improve that care. He is also dedicated to research and evaluation of new models of primary care delivery.

As the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Charles and Mrs. Jean Gass Lifetime Achievement Award, we would like to congratulate Dr. Burge on this outstanding achievement. 

More information on this, and other awards, can be found on the Nova Scotia College of Family Physicians website.

February 29, 2016

In-home nursing care for the dying reduces overall health costs

A multi-province study has found that investment in home-based palliative care reduces overall costs to the health care system. The findings were published in a special issue of Current Oncology.

In collaboration with researchers from Ontario’s Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research in British Columbia, Dalhousie Medical School researchers Dr. Fred Burge and Beverley Lawson looked at patterns of health care among almost 60,000 cancer patients in Nova Scotia, Ontario, and British Columbia during their last six months of life.

“Our data indicate that when people receive more nursing care at home, in the four weeks prior to death, they’re less likely to visit the hospital,” says Dr. Burge, professor and director of research in the Department of Family Medicine. “So overall, the health care system spends less money for these patients than for those who rely on hospital care only.” Continue reading

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