What Is... CPCSSN?

The Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN) is a collaboration of primary care practice-based research networks (PCPBRNs) across the country that work with family physicians to maintain a database of information on chronic diseases that supports research into those conditions. One of the primary goals of CPCSSN is to help physicians better understand selected chronic health conditions of interest and improve care provided to patients.

An estimated 1 in 3 Canadians has a chronic health condition such as diabetes, hypertension, or arthritis. CPCSSN hopes to improve the lives of Canadians living with chronic diseases by increasing the understanding of chronic disease management, sharing the information collected with a variety of health care workers and researchers, and maximizing the use of electronic medical records (EMRs).

A network of family doctors from across the country, known as “sentinels”, participates in CPCSSN data collection on chronic conditions from the EMRs. No patient names are used and all other direct identifying patient and provider information is removed at the PCPBRN level before being combined and stored at a secure, central repository housed at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Physicians who join CPCSSN may choose to receive feedback reports and continuing professional development credits from the CFPC, and have the benefit of contributing to improving the health of their patients and all Canadians.

CPCSSN functions under the sponsorship of the CFPC through a funding arrangement with the Public Health Agency of Canada. The Canadian Institute of Health Information is also the primary stakeholder in CPCSSN.

To learn more about CPCSSN or to get involved, read the brochure or visit www.cpcssn.ca.

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