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About the Centre for Studies in Primary Care (CSPC)

The Centre for Studies in Primary Care (CSPC) is the research arm of the Department of Family Medicine at Queen's University. The CSPC conducts research activities in areas relevant to:

  • The practice of primary healthcare
  • Chronic disease surveillance and management
  • Population health and health promotion
  • Family medicine education
  • Assessment of clinical evidence for practice


Additionally, many of the Centre's research activities respond to community needs such as the development of projects that support healthy aging in the home, and improving primary care for those living with intellectual developmental disabilities.

Our research activities draw on a wide range of disciplines through collaborative academic partnerships. To date, our work has primarily focused on the following topics related to primary healthcare:

  • Education/Curriculum – Medical School and Residency Education
  • Healthcare Program Evaluation
  • Aging and Community Health
  • Global Health
  • Provision of care for vulnerable populations such as those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, indigenous populations, vulnerably housed and those who have experienced trauma


The Centre for Studies in Primary Care is dedicated to the conduct of primary care research, surveillance and education that extend our understanding of health, health maintenance, disease and its treatment, and care delivery, and the assessment and dissemination of evidence.

To improve the health and well-being of people in Southeastern Ontario and beyond through research, surveillance and education in primary care.

The CSPC works to increase capacity in primary care research through research training for students, family medicine residents, other primary care trainees, and practicing family physicians. A Fellowship or Masters-level program in Primary Care Research is a goal of the CSPC.


Annual Reports

To read the Department of Family Medicine's annual reports, please click here.


You can find the previous annual reports from the CSPC below: