National Research System (NaReS)

Formed in 1976, NaReS is a multi-province practice based research network (PBRN) that includes members from across Canada. It consists of 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 (CFPC).

What is NaReS?

NaReS is a research network of sentinel family physicians with an interest in answering research questions which arise out of their day-to-day practice. 

Common types of research undertaken by NaReS include:

  • disease/illness surveillance
  • surveys - knowledge, attitude, behaviour
  • evaluation of educational material (e.g. health promotion, guidelines etc.)

NaReS is committed to continuing medical education (CME) and the development of research skills. All sentinels are automatically eligible for Mainpro-M2 credits for their participation in any NaReS officially partnered study or project. Ideas for NaReS research projects come from government and other agencies, from the CFPC standing committees and the membership themselves.

How do you become a sentinel? All ideas for research protocols are vetted through the Research Information Coordinator (NaReS). To access the system, simply contact the Research Information Coordinator by telephone: (905) 629-0900 or by e-mail

Annual NaReS Reports


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