Strengthening research in family medicine
We aim to support family medicine research in Alberta by:
- encouraging our members interest in conducting research,
- promoting their expertise and skills as researchers,
- communicating how they can contribute as sentinel practices to projects that are well grounded in family medicine, such as CPCSSN, TARRANT flu watch, etc.
We believe all our members, regardless of their research skill, have the ability and responsibility to meaningfully contribute to family medicine and primary care research projects being conducted in their practice community.
We support our family medicine researchers and PBRNs, and are pleased to highlight in-progress research projects that are well-grounded in family medicine practice, and have demonstrated substantial input from family physicians at the earliest stages of the research project development.
CFPC members who have obtained specialized skills in research, and the investment they make to share their expertise, experience and time to lead research projects that create the evidence that forms the foundation of family medicine.
- Contribute to discussions on family medicine research ideas
- Share information on funding opportunities available
Learn about what your colleagues are doing. Participate in research projects that are well-grounded in family practice and primary care. Contribute to practice-based research networks (PBRNs).
The ACFP collects and shares information on research projects that are well-grounded in, and relevant to, family medicine and primary care, and works to highlight the value of research conducted ‘with’ family physicians’ practice within their communities.
Get Involved With Our Research Postings!
Project Title: The SUPPORT-Pro Online Platform for Healthcare Professionals Treating Individuals Living With Type 1 Diabetes
Project End Date: September 2022
The purpose of this study is to determine if the SUPPORT-Pro platform can increase healthcare professional’s confidence levels in treating type 1 diabetes (T1D) and to better advise their patients after 3 months of using the SUPPORT-Pro training platform. SUPPORT-Pro is an online training program that is accessible from any phone, tablet or computer with an internet connection. It will provide healthcare professionals training in treating adults with Type 1 Diabetes while reducing costs by using a web-based platform. If you have worked with at least one patient with T1D in the last 6 months, you might be eligible to participate. Your participation in this research project is voluntary and requires 6 to 8 hours of your time within the next 12 months. You may refuse to participate or withdraw from the project at any time, without giving a reason.
Alberta Health Services – Stollery Children’s Hospital
Project Title: An information needs assessment of Albertan primary care providers managing pediatric oncology patients at the end of therapy
End of therapy (EOT) has been well established as a difficult transition period for pediatric oncology patients and their families. One identifiable challenge is the resumption of a therapeutic relationship between the patient and their primary care provider (PCP). Current literature demonstrates that at the end of oncologic therapy, pediatric patients and families feel a lack of confidence in their PCPs. Some reasons for low confidence include perceptions that the PCPs are uninformed regarding the patient’s care, that there has been a disconnect in the therapeutic relationship since diagnosis, PCPs are too busy, and that PCPs are better for non-cancer care. It has also been demonstrated that primary care physicians themselves do not have the confidence to manage sequelae of childhood cancers and have unmet information needs from the oncologists. It is clear from these previous studies that better communication between PCPs and pediatric oncology teams is strongly desired. However, the exact information desired by PCPs has yet to be formally determined.
This provides the Stollery Children’s Hospital with a unique opportunity to increase confidence and improve the therapeutic relationships between PCPs and pediatric oncology patients post therapy. This study will evaluate the current PCP information needs when managing pediatric patients at EOT. It involves an anonymous, online survey in which participants will assess the value of different informational resources. Eligible participants include PCPs (nurse practitioners, family physicians or pediatricians) practicing in the areas serviced by the Stollery Pediatric Oncology Department (Edmonton, North or Central Alberta Health Services zones). Primary outcomes will include identification of the number and distribution of PCPs caring for pediatric oncology patients, the perceived importance of specific post therapy resources and the collection of additional PCP suggestions to improve patient care. This study will be essential in identifying PCP information needs and the results will enable the development of an EOT communication protocol between the oncology team and PCPs.
To access the survey please click here.
This survey will remain open until October 1, 2021. Dates may be extended if further participation is required.