The need for family medicine and primary care research
Primary care is the cornerstone of the health care system in Canada and family physicians make a significant contribution to it. Research is an element of practice as outlined in the CFPC’s Professional Profile. It creates the evidence that forms the foundation of our discipline, guides care, and informs health services planning and education. The ability to identify, study, and cite our own evidence is essential to reaffirm the value and impact of primary care, including family medicine, on Canadians’ health and the Canadian health care system. Explore our resources and connect with our community of researchers.Learn more about the Section of Researchers
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Family Physicians’ Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
In late April the CFPC sent members a survey to gauge the impact COVID-19 is having on family doctors and their practices. The results are now in, and we’ve heard that family practices are experiencing major changes and family doctors are responding to their patients’ needs in a number of ways. A summary report of the findings is now available. In response to these findings, the CFPC issued an information release to the media and the public.
Creating a Stronger Base for Health Care Innovation
The College of Family Physicians of Canada continues to promote the critical importance of research in primary care. Read about our current advocacy efforts related to Canadian Institutes of Health Research funding and the need to enhance support for primary, home, and community health care research to improve the health of everyone in Canada.
Proposal for a CIHR institute of integrated primary, home, and community health care
Despite the critical importance of primary, home, and community care to the health of everyone in Canada, less than 3 per cent of Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funding goes to primary care. In addition, most of this is time-limited strategic funding that will end soon.
The creation of an integrated primary, home, and community health care institute as part of the CIHR would position Canada as a leader in these research areas. It would also strengthen the capacity of these sectors to respond to future and emerging health care needs and challenges.
Please read and share the proposal provided here.
The CFPC's Position Statement: Supporting access to data in electronic medical records for quality improvement and research
Section of Researchers
The Section of Researchers (SOR) is the section of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) that represents members who have an interest in primary care research in Canada. Members include family physicians, residents, medical students, and researchers from different professions and background, includes early-, mid-, and senior-career researchers.
PBRNS in Canada
A PBRN is a group of primary care clinicians and practices working together to answer community-based health care questions. They engage clinicians in quality improvement and research activities, giving them the opportunity to increase their research skills, and benefit from linkages to experienced researchers. There are more than 16 primary care PBRNs across Canada.
McMaster University Sentinel Information Collaboration (MUSIC)
CPCSSN-Atlantic Practice Based Research Network (APBRN)
British Columbia Primary Care Research Network (BCPCReN)
Pragmatic Trials Collaborative
Northern Alberta Primary Care Research Network (NAPCReN)
Southern Alberta Primary Care Research Network (SAPCReN)
Manitoba Primary Care Research Network (MaPCReN)
Deliver Primary Healthcare Information (DELPHI)
University of Toronto Practice Based Research Network (UTOPIAN)
The Eastern Ontario Network (EON)
Maritime Family Practice Research Network (MaRNet-FP)
Fonds de la recherché en sante Quebec (FRSQ)
Research Transfer Network of Alberta (RTNA)
Alberta Network Environments for Aboriginal Health Research
Aboriginal Capacity and Development Research Environments Network (ACADRE)
Knowledge Network in Integrated Primary Care Health Services (Knowledge-1 Quebec)
RRAPPL Université McGill
McGill Primary Health Care Research Network
RRAPPL de l'Université de Sherbrooke
Quebec Practice-Based Research Network (QPBRN)
Canadian Primary Health Care Research & Innovation Network (CPHCRIN)
CPCSSN- Réseau de recherche en soins primaires de l’Université de Montréal (RRSPUM)
Frequently asked questions
Can the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) send out a survey for me?
Regrettably, the CFPC is not able to provide access to members’ information to anyone outside the organization. Doing so contravenes the Personal Information and Protection of Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) guidelines that the College follows.
The CFPC is also not permitted to send out any surveys or invitations by email on behalf of third parties. There are other means of accessing family physicians in Canada, including the use of Scott’s Directories.
Can the CFPC conduct a literature review for me?
CFPC members are entitled to one literature search per year. Please submit a request to Library Services.
How do I find a research mentor?
Please contact the CFPC and staff will connect you to a mentor in your region.
What type of research grants and awards are available to me and how do I apply?
The CFPC offers the Janus Research Grant and D.M. Robb Research Grant. A full description for each award offered through the CFPC, including value and eligibility, is available at https://fafm.cfpc.ca/. Applications for grants and awards are submitted online through an electronic application form. The applications are handled through the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine (FAFM), through its Honors and Awards Committee. If you have any questions about grants, awards, the application/nomination process, or technical concerns, please contact [email protected].
The ecology of medical care: Bull N Y Acad Med. 1996 Summer; 73(1): 187–212.
Nurturing curiosity and making an impact: Francine Lemire, Canadian Family Physician. January 2014; 60(1) : 96.
Do we really need family medicine research?: Walter Rosser, Canadian Family Physician. September 2004; 50(9): 1189-1191.
Research in family medicine: Tom Bailey MD, CCFP, FCFP, Canadian Family Physician. July 2007; 53(7): 1249.
Family medicine research capacity building: Walter Rosser, Marshall Godwin and Rachelle Seguin, Canadian Family Physician. March 2010; 56 (3): e94-e100.
Family medicine in 2018: Keith D. Ogle et al., Canadian Family Physician. April 2010; 56(4): 313-315.
Cutting the vagus nerve: Savithiri Ratnapalan, Canadian Family Physician. May 2008; 54(5): 748.
Reasons to Research: Elaine Desnoyers, Christopher Sikora and Miriam Lacasse, Canadian Family Physician. January 2007; 53(1): 106-107.
Canadian Family Medicine Submission to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research: regarding The Multi-Stakeholder Taskforce on Clinical Research (MUST) Report from the Chairs of the Departments of Family Medicine of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
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