Manitoba Primary Care Research Network (MaPCReN)

The Manitoba Primary Care Research Network (MaPCReN) is a network of primary care providers who are interested in improving primary care practice through collaborative practice-based research.

MaPCReN is part of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN); Canada's first multi-disease electronic medical record surveillance system. Through active recruitment, MaPCReN has expanded the network to include over 250 sentinels participating from throughout the province. This represents data from over 280,000 patients at over 48 clinics in Manitoba.

This rich data repository enables both local and national primary care research. MaPCReN continues to grow in its own research as well as collaboration with Family Medicine researchers across Canada. For more information, visit

Accessing the MaPCReN Repository: For studies using only Manitoba primary care EMR data

To access MaPRCeN data (Manitoba only), email the MaPCReN Data Usage Request Form and study protocol to Once approved by the MaPCReN Director, additional project specific information will be sent to the principal investigator (e.g. template to complete UM HREB forms). For further information on accessing MaPCReN for your research please review the MaPCReN Usage Guide (link).

For more information on variables available for research visit the Data Dictionary (link).

For any other questions related to content, use or collaboration with MaPCReN, please email us at:

Accessing the CPCSSN Repository: Studies using Canadian primary care EMR data

To access CPCSSN data (Canada-wide), please consult the CPCSSN website

If you are a University of Manitoba based researcher we suggest you contact the MaPCReN team for guidance with this process prior to submitting the CPCSSN letter of intent.

Suggested Reading & Research Reference:

R. Birtwhistle, K. Keshavjee, A. Lambert-Lanning, et al. Building a pan-Canadian primary care sentinel surveillance network: initial development and moving forward J Am Board Fam Med, 22 (2009), pp. 412-22.

Coleman N, Halas G, Peeler W, et al. (2015). From Patient Care to Research: A validation study examining factors contributing to data quality in primary care electronic medical records database. BMC Family Practice, 16(1):11. Griever M, Williamson T, Barber D, et al. (2014). Prevalence and epidemiology of diabetes in Canadian primary care practices: A report from the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 38(3): 179-85.

Singer A, Fanella S, Kosowan L, Falk J, Dufault B, Hamilton K, Walus A. Informing Antimicrobial Stewardship: Factors Associated with Inappropriate Antimicrobial Prescribing in Primary Care. Family Practice. ePub ahead of print. November 2017.

Abrams E, Singer A, Lix L, Katz A, Yogendran M, Simons FER. Adherence with epinephrine autoinjector prescriptions in primary care. Allergy Asthma Clin Immunol (2017) 13:46.

Brown F, Singer A, Katz A, Konrad G. Statin-prescribing trends for primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Canadian Family Physician. November 2017, 63 (11) e495-e503.

CPCSSN case definitions available: