Research is the root of family medicine
Projects that arise from questions generated in community-based practice are essential to family medicine and to the development of health care strategies that lead to better outcomes for patients. Alberta has outstanding medical researchers and facilities that contribute to the disicpline of family medicne by demonstrating the unique value family physicians bring to their patient communities and the health care system. Appropriate, meaningful collaboration among researchers in primary, secondary, and tertiary care settings, medical research institues, and academic environments results in substantially improved patient outcomes, disease prevention strategies, and health service delivery methods.
The ACFP has a long-standing commitment to research that is well grounded in family medicine practice and supports the CFPC’s Section of Researchers’ (SOR) vision and mandate. We encourage family physicians to be part of a learning health care system where their data and input will be the power that fuels system transformation and believe that our memebers should be involved in the conception of research projects that are conducted both “in” and “on” their practice in a meaningful and powerful way.
“Family medicine is the cornerstone of the health care system in Canada. Family medicine research creates our evidentiary base which forms the foundation of our discipline.
The ability to identify, rigorously study, and cite our own evidence is essential to establishing the value and impact of family medicine on our patients and the Canadian health care system.”
The SOR’s Blueprint for Family Medicine Research Success 2012-2017