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Queen's University

Centre for Studies in Primary Care


Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN)

The CSPC Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) is one of Canada's largest practice-based primary care research networks and includes membership of family doctors across the South East Local Health Integration Network (SELHIN)region.

The emphasis of our PBRN activities is on chronic disease management and prevention, and on providing family doctors practice level information on their patient population to facilitate improved care and quality of life. Many of our PBRN projects are conducted through the regional Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN), Canada’s first multi-disease chronic disease management data repository.

The Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network

The Centre for Studies in Primary Care is one of the ten networks from across Canada involved in the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network.

The Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN) operates as a network of practice based research networks from various locations across Canada extracting primary health care data from sentinel physicians electronic medical records (EMRs) for the purpose of chronic disease surveillance.

Dr Richard Birtwhistle is the Principle Investigator for the CPCSSN project, and Dr David Barber is the Regional Director. If your practice is based in the SELHIN region and you would like to learn about how CPSSN can support with chronic disease management and research please contact Dr. Barber.





Dr. Richard Birtwhistle - Director (CPCSSN)
Dr. David Barber - Network Director (EON)

Fred Zeltser – Research Associate
John Queenan – Epidemiologist & Research Associate
Ken Martin – Information & Technology Manager
Lorne Kinsella - Local Data Manager
Rachael Morkem - Research Associate
Shahriar Khan - Senior Data Analyst

To learn more about the collaboration of networks across Canada - visit the web site at:

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000