Research Report

A very successful and well attended Department of Family Medicine Grand Rounds was held virtually on May 5, 2021. Two of our faculty members presented their on-going COVID-19 related research. Maria Mathews PhD summarized findings to date from the ‘Pandemic Planning for Primary Care (3PC)’ project, describing family physicians’ roles during the different stages of the pandemic and the policies needed to support these roles. Bridget Ryan PhD shared findings from ‘Family Physicians and Virtual Care during COVID-19’, describing the magnitude of the move to virtual care by family physicians in the region, their experiences, and the path forward for virtual care as part of the overall family practice post-pandemic.

Celebrating our Achievements

Congratulations to Dr Sonja Reichert on her recent promotion to Associate Professor.


Dr. Jane Thornton was featured as the Expert for the Australaisan College of Sport and Exercise Medicine Physicians' SEM Academy module on Exercise Prescription

In the Media

Dr. Jane Thornton was recently featured by CBC London (Afternoon Drive) - 2 doctors, one a recent grad and one experienced, reflect on the position ahead of Doctor's Day

Dr. Jane Thornton was part of a team that wrote the  “Guide for Managing low back pain in rowers” recently featured on World Rowing website

Congratulations to Jaky Kueper who is the is the CFPC-AMS TechForward Fellow. Jakey is a graduate of Western’s TUTOR-PHC program, and is currently enrolled in the new combined PhD in  Epidemiology and Computer at Schulich.  She is a lead in AI research in primary care along with Amanda Terry, PhD and Dr. Dan Lizotte. 

The New CFPC-AMS TechForward Fellow will explore artificial intelligence opportunities in family med | The College of Family Physicians of Canada

Grant Funding

Grant Title: Innovative National Strategies for Patient-Oriented Research Education (INSPIRE). 

Granting Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Training Grant: Strategy-for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) National Training Entity. 

Principal Investigators: LeBlanc A (NPI), Bosma R, Goldowitz D, King M, Poitras ME, Witteman H. 

Co-investigators:  Abou Setta A, Atherton P, Aubin D, Bacon S, Barnett T, Barrett B, Belanger M, Birnie K, Boivin A, Bonin R, Brown JB, Buckley N, Carpentier A, Carver T, Couturier Y, Crowshoe L, Despres JP, Dogba JM, Dumez V, Etchegary H, Fairie P, Ferrari M, Furlan A, Garg A , Getchell L, Groulx A , Hawke L, Henderson J, Irblacher Fox S, Iyer S, King A, L'Esperance A,  Lambert S,  Letourneau N, Li L, Lukewich J, McGrail K, McPhee C, McPherson A, Menear M, Mushquash C, Parrilla Lopez MJ, Riley J, Smith A, Stewart M, Stinson J, Straus S, Street C, Terry AL, Trempe Martineay J, Tricco A, Van Hoorn R, Wasylak T. 

Funding Amount: $5,250,000. 

Duration: March 2021 – February 2027

Grant Title: Pragmatic trial of two novel pathways for implementation of the Better Nights, Better Days (BNBD) online program to promote and protect the sleep, mental health, psychosocial wellbeing, and family resiliency of children and families during and after COVID-19 pandemic. 

Granting Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research Operating Grant: COVID-19 Mental Health & Substance Use Service Needs and Delivery Program

Principal Investigator: Corkum P

Co-Investigators: Bastien C, Barwick M, Brown C, Constantin E, Godbout G, Gruber R,  Keys E, MacKenzie N, Ralph P, Reid GJ, Smith I, Stremler R, Venkat R, Weiss S. 

Grant funding amount: $179,700

Duration: Sept 2020 to Aug 2021

Grant Title: Mental health walk-in clinics for families in Ontario (MHWC). 

Granting Agency: Western University Strategic Support for CIHR Success Accelerator Research Grant

Principal Investigator: Reid GJ

Co-Investigators: Sarmiento C, Gardner ,B, Cappelli M, Waddell C 

Grant Funding Amount:  $28,500

Duration: 2020-21

Recent Publications

Boa Sorte Silva NC, Petrella AFM, Christopher N, Marriott CFS, Gill DP, Owen AM, Petrella RJ. The Benefits of High-Intensity Interval Training on Cognition and Blood Pressure in Older Adults With Hypertension and Subjective Cognitive Decline: Results From the Heart & Mind Study. Front Aging Neurosci. 2021 Apr 15;13:643809. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2021.643809.

Fortin M, Stewart M. Implementing patient-centred integrated care for multiple chronic conditions: Evidence-informed framework. Can Fam Physician. 2021 Apr;67(4):235-238. doi: 10.46747/cfp.6704235.

Gelfer M, Bell A, Petrella R, Campbell NRC, Cloutier L, Lindsay P, Leung AA, Morris D, McLean D, Tsuyuki RT, Dattani S, Kaczorowski J. Letter in Response: Take urgent action diagnosing, treating, and controlling hypertension in older women. Can Fam Physician. 2021 Mar;67(3):157. doi: 10.46747/cfp.6703157.

Graham JR, Sibbald SL. Rebuilding Public Health on more than thoughts and prayers. Can J Public Health. 2021 May. doi:10.17269/s41997-021-00529-0

Harris SB, Ajala O, Bari B, Liutkus J, Hahn J, Martyn O, Zwicker D. Evaluating the Effectiveness of Switching to Insulin Degludec from Other Basal Insulins in a Real-World Canadian Population with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes: The CAN-TREAT Study. Diabetes Ther. 2021 Jun;12(6):1689-1702. doi: 10.1007/s13300-021-01063-5. Epub 2021 May 1.

Imran M, Kwakkenbos L, McCall SJ, McCord KA, Fröbert O, Hemkens LG, Zwarenstein M, Relton C, Rice DB, Langan SM, Benchimol EI, Thabane L, Campbell MK, Sampson M, Erlinge D, Verkooijen HM, Moher D, Boutron I, Ravaud P, Nicholl J, Uher R, Sauvé M, Fletcher J, Torgerson D, Gale C, Juszczak E, Thombs BD. Methods and results used in the development of a consensus-driven extension to the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) statement for trials conducted using cohorts and routinely collected data (CONSORT-ROUTINE). BMJ Open. 2021 Apr 29;11(4):e049093. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-049093

Kwakkenbos L, Imran M, McCall SJ, McCord KA, Fröbert O, Hemkens LG, Zwarenstein M, Relton C, Rice DB, Langan SM, Benchimol EI, Thabane L, Campbell MK, Sampson M, Erlinge D, Verkooijen HM, Moher D, Boutron I, Ravaud P, Nicholl J, Uher R, Sauvé M, Fletcher J, Torgerson D, Gale C, Juszczak E, Thombs BD. CONSORT extension for the reporting of randomised controlled trials conducted using cohorts and routinely collected data (CONSORT-ROUTINE): checklist with explanation and elaboration. BMJ. 2021 Apr 29;373:n857. doi: 10.1136/bmj.n857.

Liaw ST, Kuziemsky C, Schreiber R, Jonnagaddala J, Liyanage H, Chittalia A, Bahniwal R, He JW, Ryan BL, Lizotte DJ, Kueper JK, Terry AL, de Lusignan S. Primary Care Informatics Response to Covid-19 Pandemic: Adaptation, Progress, and Lessons from Four Countries with High ICT Development. Yearb Med Inform. 2021 Apr 21. doi: 10.1055/s-0041-1726489. Epub ahead of print.

Lukewich J, Poitras M-E, Mathews M. Unseen, unheard…unvalued?  Advancing research on family practice nurses in Canada.  Practice Nursing.  2021 42(4): 158-162.

Newton AT, Corkum PV, Blunden S, Reid GJ. Influences on help-seeking decisions for behavioral child sleep problems: Why parents do and do not seek help. Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2021 Jan;26(1):207-221. doi: 10.1177/1359104520963375. Epub 2020 Oct 15.

Reid GJ, Stewart SL, Barwick M, Cunningham C, Carter J, Evans B, Leschied A, Neufeld RWJ, St. Pierre J, Tobon J, Vingilis E, Zaric G. Exploring patterns of service utilization within Children’s mental health agencies. J Child Fam Stud. 2021 Feb;30(2):556-574. doi:10.1007/s10826-020-01859-2

Rosa A, Dissanayake M, Carter D, Sibbald S. Community paramedicine to support palliative care. Prog Palliat Care. 2021 Apr 23.

Semnani-Azad Z, Blanco Mejia S, Connelly PW, Bazinet RP, Retnakaran R, Jenkins DJA, Harris SB, Hanley AJ. The association of soluble CD163, a novel biomarker of macrophage activation, with type 2 diabetes mellitus and its underlying physiological disorders: A systematic review. Obes Rev. 2021 Apr 28. doi: 10.1111/obr.13257. Epub ahead of print.

Yang A, Dalal V. Bilateral Facial Palsy: A Clinical Approach. Cureus. 2021 Apr 25;13(4):e14671. doi: 10.7759/cureus.14671.

Conference presentations

Oral Presentations: 

Petrella, RJ. Hockey Fans In Training (Hockey FIT): Improving Men’s Health through the Power Sport. 7th Canadian Obesity Summit (Virtual). May 10-13, 2021. 

Poster Presentations: 

Thornton J. Prevalence and risk factors for low back pain in sports. A systematic review and meta-analysis. Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine Annual Conference 2021

Thornton J. Treating low back pain in athletes: a systematic review with meta-analysis. Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine Annual Conference 2021