CFPC Research Initiatives

Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN): Canada’s first multi-disease electronic record surveillance system

The successful working relationship between the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has resulted in the development and advancement of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN). Together, the collaboration resulted in three consecutive Contribution Agreements with the project titled “Enhanced Surveillance for Chronic Disease Program.”

The project success is also due to in-kind support provided by the regional networks and partner universities as well as CFPC, and continues to expand its reach to provide increased capacity in the following areas:

  1. Primary care practice electronic Medical Record (eMR)-based patient health information collection
  2. Research and knowledge development
  3. Point of care practice transformation

The CFPC has been CPCSSN’s founding partner and supporter since 2008. Effective April 1, 2015, the operation and continued development of the CPCSSN has been transferred from the CFPC to Queen’s University. The primary responsibility for CPCSSN’s national database and administrative matters will move to the Queen’s University Centre for Studies in Primary Care (CSPC). The CFPC will continue to be involved as a significant stakeholder.

Richard Birtwhistle, MD, MSc, FCFP Director, Centre for Studies in Primary Care Department of Family Medicine
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
Tel 613-533-9303 Ext 73934
Fax 613-533-9302

National Physician Survey

The National Physician Survey (NPS), Canada’s most comprehensive survey of physicians and future physicians, is the only census physician survey in Canada. It focuses on pressing matters facing the health care system and on current topics in care delivery. In addition, the NPS explores the perspectives, expressed practice intentions, and the professional and personal interests of current and future physicians.

Aggregate information resulting from the study is publicly available and is used to inform health care planning, research, policy, curriculum development, and advocacy.

The NPS is a collaboration of the CFPC, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), and is developed through consultation and collaboration with key stakeholders. To learn more about the NPS, access the survey results or contact the NPS Project Manager.

National Research System (NaReS)

Created in 1976, NaReS (the National Research System) has been a multi-province practice-based research network with members from across Canada. NaReS has developed a network of primary care practitioners, called “sentinels” (family physicians interested in answering research questions stemming from day-to-day practice), who are members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

What Is NaReS?
From its earliest days, NaReS has been a research network of sentinel family physicians with an interest in answering research questions which arise out of their day-to-day practice, and who are not involved in other practice-based research networks in their region.

In recent years, the primary focus of the NaReS staff has been the development and support of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN), an extraordinary five-year project funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada through a contribution agreement with the CFPC.

Currently, NaReS is contracted to work on the Vaccine Effectiveness Study operations in Ontario, recruiting CFPC members to act as physician sentinels in the collection of nasopharyngeal swabs, and to report influenza-like illness in collaboration with Public Health Ontario (PHO) and the Ontario Agency for Health Promotion and Protection.

Both CPCSSN and NaReS are committed to continuing professional development and the development of research skills.

“This activity is eligible for one Mainpro+® non-certified Self-Learning credit per hour of participation. Please enter your credits as non-certified “online learning” in your Mainpro+ dashboard. Those interested in claiming Mainpro+ certified credits may complete a Linking Learning to Research exercise. Please refer to the CPD webpage for more details.”

To reach NaReS, please contact the Research Information Coordinator: Telephone: (905) 629-0900 ext. 417, or 1-800-387-6197 (toll-free). Email: [email protected]

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