INSPIRE PHC - Primary Health CAre Program:INnovations Strengthening PrImary Healthcare REsearch
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PHC Research Rounds
Years 2017 - 2013

Trillium PHC Research Day

Research Rounds

Patient Engagement



Dr. Clare Liddy (INSPIRE-PHC investigator) and Dr. Erin Keely will lead the Ontario eConsult Centre of Excellence. Click here for more information and contacts.








Lead: Dr. Merrick Zwarenstein


The KTE section of INSPIRE-PHC involves KTE related events, resources and activities as well as a new tool to use to assess their healthcare innovation.

Events and activities:

  1. Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day -This annual event is an opportunity to share primary health care relevant research in a welcoming and constructive atmosphere. The conference exposes participants to the latest in peer-reviewed primary health care research in Ontario through keynote addresses, oral and poster presentations and skill building PHC research oriented workshops.  This year’s event is May 31, 2017.  Please see for information on the current and past Trillium events.

  2. Primary Health Care Research Rounds – These monthly presentations by Ontario primary health care researchers are provided to policy makers within the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Primary Health Care Branch.  A call for abstracts is sent to the INSPIRE-PHC Network and the Ministry chooses the 10 most relevant to their needs.


  1. Network of Ontario PHC related researchers and decision makers
    See information on Network of Ontario PHC related researchers and decision makers
    Over the past few years INSPIRE-PHC has built up a network of over 125 Ontario researchers and decision makers active in PHC research/practice. 
    Regular emails are sent to the network to keep them updated on PHC related events, opportunities and resources.
    If you would like to become a member of the INSPIRE-PHC Network, please contact
  • The Nose to Tail Tool
    About the NTT – see the full website at
    The Nose to Tail Tool (NTT) offers innovation teams, innovators and the essential stakeholders including end users and decision makers, a guide to:
    • identify what stage in the process their idea/innovation is at;
    • identify considerations that should be made at each stage by each stakeholder; and
    • identify the contextual barriers that could hinder an innovation’s success, which should be addressed prior to moving forward

    Other potential uses of the NTT which are being tested include:

    • Portfolio staging of innovations
    • Assessment tool for decision makers and funders

The NTT is a comprehensive and consistent way of thinking of the entire innovation process with the belief that if you consider the end stages from the beginning you are more likely to achieve institutionalization. This tool helps innovation teams to identify barriers, both those that can be overcome, and those that cannot, early in the innovation process, giving teams an opportunity to re-design the innovation at an early stage, or the opportunity to cease work on the project before too many resources have been invested.