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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.

Share Your Research Project Here

Celebrate!

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.


Connect! 

  • Collaborations
  • Contribute to discussions on family medicine research ideas
  • Share information on funding opportunities available

Get Involved!

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).


Share!

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!

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA/INNER CITY HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAM

Project Title: Confidence in Addictions Medicine Among Family Medicine Educators

Project End Date: June 1, 2022

Survey Link: https://redcap.link/AddictionMedEdSurvey

We are looking for physicians who have been involved in teaching family medicine residents to participate in a study in order to further our understanding of addiction medicine education. Participation in this study will assist with potential curriculum development and add to a very sparse area of research. We are interested in the confidence of family physicians in practicing and teaching various areas of addiction medicine. We are asking you to complete a short survey that should not take longer than 10-15 minutes. To show our appreciation, we will invite you to enter an optional draw for a $50 Visa gift card. The email that you provide for the lottery draw will be used ONLY to send you the gift card should you win, and will not be associated with your data in any way. This project has been approved by the University of Alberta Human Research Ethics Board (ID: Pro00117478). To participate in the study please click the attached link to be transported to a secure data collection survey operated through REDCap. 


UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

Project Title: Developing Education for Family Physicians on Supporting Family Caregivers

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5TGQVLX

Help us build education for Family Physicians on supporting family caregivers. Are you Family Physician who is caring for patients with chronic illness, disability or frailty? Do you interact with family caregivers of such patients?

The objective of this survey is to understand, and to receive input, from Family Physicians on their educational needs to support family caregivers.

Family caregivers provide 75-90% of the care to children and adults living in community homes with serious illness, disability, or frailty. About 70% of the Canadians providing care without pay to a family member, chosen family, friend, or neighbor.


UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

Project Title: Development of Referral Templates to Assist Family Medicine Physicians Referring Patients to Specialist Otolaryngology Care

Project End Date: September 2022

Survey Link: https://forms.gle/5QveEwFWgPKwe6dv9

Primary care practitioners (PCPs) are often the first physicians to see patients with complaints affecting the head and neck. However, there is limited training within medical school and residency to support education surrounding otolaryngologic conditions. Naturally, this indicates the need to support colleagues in general practice.

The referral process provides a strong opportunity for development. The creation of comprehensive referral templates to assist PCPs will streamline the referral process leading to improved access to specialist otolaryngology care for patients. We aim to complete a needs assessment by surveying 50 Alberta PCPs comprising rural and urban regions to identify their top five presenting otolaryngologic complaints. Of those five, we will ask which two are of highest yield for the development of a referral template. We will utilize the Delphi method with aims of generating an expert consensus on what should be included in a standard otolaryngologic referral comprising these complaints. This will involve the convening of two panels comprised of both otolaryngologists and PCPs to develop the two referral letter templates for the complaints previously determined from the needs assessment. Of note, not every PCP will participate in this panel, and no information will be collected by the PCP. 


UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

Project Title: Physician motivation towards tele-healthcare: A cross-sectional look at the workplace needs and well-being of family doctors in Alberta

Project End Date: June 2022

Survey Link: https://survey.ucalgary.ca/jfe/form/SV_cOqtzUNWampm45M

Family physicians (FPs) have rapidly had to shift to using virtual care during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the impact this move has had on their work-related motivation and well-being remains unclear. You are invited to participate in a brief survey, to help us understand your perceptions about virtual care and how it impacts your sense of motivation and wellness as a FP in Alberta. Further information about this study and a link to the survey are provided herein. Your participation is very much appreciated. 

This study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (REB21-1440).


SUPPORT-PRO

Project Title: The SUPPORT-Pro Online Platform for Healthcare Professionals Treating Individuals Living With Type 1 Diabetes

Project End Date: September 2022

Website: https://type1better.com/en/get-involved/health-professionals/

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.