Award: Moira Stewart recognized by North American Primary Care Research Group

Moira_Stewart_newsitem2.jpgCongratulations to Moira Stewart, PhD, recipient of the 2017 Maurice Wood Award for Lifetime Contribution to Primary Care Research from the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG).

Stewart, renowned for her work in primary care, is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, where she led an interdisciplinary team of researchers for 15 years.

Her research centred largely around the kind of care that family physicians offer and on communication between patients and health professionals. She is best known for her collaborative work on the patient-centered clinical method which was fundamental to the new discipline of Family Medicine founded in 1968. A dozen books were co-authored or edited on the concepts, education principles, research results and application of the patient-centered clinical method.

“This award, from the world's premier primary care research organization, is high praise not only for me, but also the Department of Family Medicine, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and Western,” Stewart said. “All played key roles in supporting this research, and this award acknowledges that Western is maintaining its leadership as the best primary care research centre in Canada.”

Stewart joins three other Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Family Medicine faculty who have been honoured over the last two decades with this award; Drs. Ian McWhinney, Martin Bass, and Carol Herbert.

The Maurice Wood Award for Lifetime Contribution to Primary Care Research is given annually to honor a researcher who has made outstanding contributions to primary care research over the course of a lifetime. The award is named in honor of Maurice Wood, a pioneer in primary care research and a founder of NAPCRG.

Stewart will be recognized and celebrated at the NAPCRG Annual Meeting in Montreal in November.