Centre for Studies in Primary Care

Centre for Studies in Primary Care

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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. Some of our current areas of focus are described further below.


Education Research


The Centre for Studies in Primary Care supports evaluation and research that leads to improvements in the quality of family medicine resident training and education curriculum. Currently we have a number of projects including an evaluation of the Triple C Curriculum within the postgraduate distributed medical education program at Queen’s University.


Healthcare Program Evaluation and Healthy Aging Research


In response to healthcare reform and increasing pressure on the healthcare system, the CSPC has developed a research arm dedicated to improving the health and wellness of communities across the South East LHIN. Through collaboration with various community stakeholders, research initiatives target vulnerable populations such as frail seniors, palliative care patients and those with multiple and complex conditions. Our Community Projects research arm aims to bridge knowledge gaps, inform provincial and national policy development as well as to design, implement and evaluate innovative healthcare programs that deliver patient-centered, high quality care to vulnerable populations.


Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research


The Queen's University Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Group is an initiative of Queen's Department of Family Medicine and the Centre for Studies in Primary Care. The group consists of faculty members and researchers across multiple Queen's departments including Primary Care, Pediatrics and Genetics, as well as partners at the municipal, Provincial and Federal level who are committed to advancing research and education in intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and to delivering quality health care to IDD patients and their families.

One major accomplishment of the IDD research program is its involvement in the development and implementation of the Primary Care Guidelines for Adults with Developmental Disabilities, which result in faculty and residents providing annual health checks to their IDD patients. 


Global Health


The Global Health program at Queen's Department of Family Medicine strives to examine issues related to the health, healthcare, and well being of vulnerable populations or persons struggling with health inequities (such as those linked to poverty, migration status, or aboriginal status). Current projects include examining healthcare provision to persons affected by trauma, and barriers to care for immigrant and refugee clients among others. Educational research focuses on understanding how to provide excellent preparation for residents to practice medicine with a view to health equity. 


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