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.
Research & Community
The research activities of the CSPC respond to community needs and funding opportunities. To conduct research in the primary care setting, a "laboratory" of practices in the community is needed. To address this, the CSPC has established an Eastern Ontario Network (EON), a practice-based research network (PBRN). EON consists of a core group of community-based practitioners who are interested in the development of research ideas in primary care, and a larger group of practicing physicians who participate by enrolling patients from their practices into research studies.
"The Centre for Studies in Primary Care welcomes researchers from across disciplines at Queen's and beyond, who wish to use the rigor of science to study the messiness of people's lives with the aim of improving health for individual patients and populations."
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.