The Centre for Studies in Primary Care (CSPC), is the research arm of the Department of Family Medicine (DFM) and provides faculty with research support, directs the departments resident research teaching program, and helps to build capacity in primary care research by providing an environment that supports research training for medical students, family medicine residents, graduate students as well allied health profession research trainees, and practicing family physicians.
The research activities of the CSPC are in areas relevant to the practice of primary health care, primary care chronic disease surveillance, population health, family medicine education, program evaluation and evidence based assessment for clinical practice. Some of our research activities respond to community needs and funding opportunities.
To conduct research in the primary care setting a "laboratory" of practices in the community is required as such the CSPC has established a regional primary care practice based research network (PBRN) that is part of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance System (CPCSSN) which is lead by Dr. David Barber. This PBRN consists of a core group of community-based practitioners who are interested in the development of research ideas and contribute data that will advance the practice and quality of primary care.
Currently the centre’s research focus is on chronic disease surveillance and management Quality Improvement of primary health care program evaluation, and developing and evaluating models of care for seniors through the continuum of care and promoting aging well at home strategies.