The Centre for Studies in Primary Care (CSPC) was created by the Senate of Queen's University in November 2000. The Centre operates within and is part of the Department of Family Medicine, Queen's University. The Director, Associate Director, Assistant Director and research staff report to an Advisory Council. The Advisory Council is chaired by a respected community member and has a very broad membership from across Queen's University, including community-based primary care practitioners.
The research activities of the CSPC respond to community needs and funding opportunities. All research is related to primary health care. Current funded activities are in hypertension, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive lung disease, prevention of falls in the elderly, access to care by disabled people, exercise/obesity/metabolic syndrome, and ambulatory teaching.
To conduct research in the primary care setting, a "laboratory" of practices in the community is needed. To address this, the CSPC has established a Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN). This consists of a core group of community-based practitioners who are interested in the development of research ideas in primary care, and a larger group of practicing physicians who participate by enrolling patients from their practices into research studies.
The CSPC also develops ethical relationships with industry for the development of educational programs, the provision of services related to evidence-based medicine and critical appraisal of literature, and the conduct of research. These projects must be related to primary care and do not include marketing of drugs.
The CSPC works to increase capacity in primary care research through research training for students, family medicine residents, other primary care trainees, and practicing family physicians. A Fellowship or Masters-level program in Primary Care Research is a goal of the CSPC.