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Research Opportunities

Get Involved and Participate in Family Medicine Research

Strengthening Research in Family Medicine

The Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) supports our family medicine researchers and practice-based research networks (PBRNs) through highlighting 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.

The following opportunities below have been reviewed first by staff and then peer reviewed by ACFP members who have deemed them to be of interest or relevant to members and/or family medicine or primary health care research.

It is by no means an endorsement by the ACFP but an acknowledgement that the inclusion of the posting is reasonable to share with members.

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 create the evidence that forms the foundation of family medicine.

Connect

Collaborate and contribute to discussions on family medicine research ideas on our online research community. Share information on funding opportunities available

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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 Research Postings

Read about the current research projects you can participate in.

Project Title: Identification and treatment of RED-S by Canadian family physicians 

End Date: April 2024 

Website/Link: https://uwo.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0AtVtpsFYeyQcfQ   

Brief project description: We are inviting family physicians to participate in a research study on the assessment and treatment of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (REDs) in Canadian primary care practices. Participation involves completing one anonymous online survey (approximately 10 minutes long). A summary infographic with signposting of additional resources on the assessment and treatment of REDs will be provided to those who complete the survey. 

Project Title: A Physician Survey Assessing Perspectives on Providing PrEP to Women 

End Date: January 31, 2024 

Website/Link: https://tandom.hostedincanadasurveys.ca/395752?lang=en   

Are you providing PrEP to women? 

Description: Physicians working in family medicine, internal medicine, infectious disease, obstetrics and gynaecology and community/public health are invited to participate in a survey on HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for women at risk for HIV, conducted by Options Lab, St. Michael’s Hospital.   

PrEP is an effective way to prevent HIV. Currently, only 2-3% of PrEP users are women in Canada, despite making up a larger proportion of first-time diagnoses. Primary care and public health providers are instrumental to guaranteeing women’s access to PrEP. The survey aims to understand barriers and opportunities in providing PrEP to women in Canada. Participants will be compensated with a $30 e-gift card and have a chance to win an iPad-mini in a draw. Participate in the survey or contact Yasamin Sadeghi at yasamin.sadeghi@unityhealth.to with any questions you may have. 

 

Project Title: Community Pharmacists’ Provision of Comprehensive COPD Care: A Cross-Sectional Study in Alberta

End Date: March 31, 2024

Website/Link: https://redcap.link/physician-copd-survey 

You are invited to share your perspectives on COPD care in Alberta!

We are seeking General Practitioners, Respirologists, and Emergency Physicians to take part in the survey on provision of COPD care in Alberta. Researchers want to explore the current practices and physicians’ perceptions regarding clinical services provided by community pharmacists. The survey is expected to take 10 minutes and as an incentive, we are offering a draw to all participants who complete the survey a chance to win $100 Amazon card (with estimated success of winning 1 in 10). Questions? Please contact: makhinov@ualberta.ca.

Project Title: Family Physicians’ Perspectives on Pregnancy Care

End Date: January 31, 2024

Website/Link: https://forms.gle/dvUwZ7FoboxrQ6NR8

You are invited to share your perspectives on pregnancy care!

Many family physicians provide pregnancy care until 20 weeks gestational age and make a decision around where patients receive the remainder of their pregnancy and intrapartum care. We hope to understand how physician-patient interactions result in the broader referral trends observed and improve the experience for physicians and patients. Participation involves a 45 minute Zoom interview scheduled at your convenience.

We hope you’ll participate if you:

  • practice in the Edmonton metropolitan area
  • are a family physician in community practice, family physician preceptor, or first year family medicine resident
  • do not provide labour and delivery care

Please complete this form or contact ahadley@ualberta.ca if you’re interested in learning more or participating.

The study is led by family physician Dr. Sanja Kostov. It has received ethics approval from the University of Alberta (Pro00126836).

Project Title: One: carepath Implementation: Implementation and Evaluation of an Innovative Integrated Conservative (Non-Dialysis) Kidney Management Pathway by Community Care Providers across Alberta, and the Development, Implementation and Evaluation of an Innovative Integrated Supportive Care Pathway by Primary Care across Alberta

End Date: September 2024

Website/Link: www.ualberta.ca/~kscrg

Are you interested in shared care planning with complex patients?

One: carepath is a provincial research study that takes a proactive and co-managed approach to care planning and symptom management with patients who have advanced COPD, heart failure, cirrhosis, kidney disease, and stage 3 or 4 solid organ cancer to enable informational, relational, and management continuity among all those involved, and reduce hospital admissions and emergency department visits.

We are looking to partner with primary care physicians & clinic teams who use MedAccess, PS Suite, Healthquest, or Accuro EMRs to care plan with up to 10 complex patients over an 18-month period to care plan with up to 10 complex patients over an 18-month period. There are funds to support this work and participation in this project can be used as part of the PPIP-CPSA QI requirements.

For more information read our one-pager or contact either Lynn Toon at toon@ualberta.ca or Tanya Barber at tkbarber@ualberta.ca