Research Report


The Centre for Studies in Family Medicine, Department of Family Medicine welcomes Priya Garg as the new TUTOR-PHC Program Coordinator. Priya will be supporting TUTOR-PHC, as well as the OSSU Capacity Building Initiative and the PORTL-PHC program. 

Priya grew up in Melbourne, Australia where she trained as a physiotherapist. Prior to joining Western, she was working as a Research Associate in the areas of osteoarthritis and myopathies with the Rheumatology Dept at St Joseph’s Hospital, London. She has worked as a clinician in Australia in various settings such as Community Rehab, Women’s Health, inpatient rehabilitation and was involved in setting up the Community Stroke Prevention Service in Melbourne. After transitioning into research, she worked with the Stroke Ischemia Group at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston prior to moving to Canada.

We are so happy to have Priya on board. Welcome Priya!


Grant Funding

Dr. Kevin Pottie is a Co-Principal Applicant on a new CIHR Operating Grant for 2022: “Investigating COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach Strategies for Marginalized Newcomer Communities.” This community mixed method research will be carried out in collaboration with the University of Calgary, University of Alberta and Western University. 

Dr. Moira Stewart and Dr. Amanda Terry are Co-Principal Investigators on a CIHR grant: OSSU Training and Capacity Development. This project focuses on enhancing capacity for patient engagement in research in Ontario. Co-investigators: L. Bayliss, J. Lavis, A. Lyddiatt, C. MacArthur, J. Riley, S. Straus, N. Jones, C. Victor, S. Law. CND: $300,000. April 2021 to March 2024.


Dr. Jane Thornton recently presented "The Active Ingredient: why -- now more than ever -- physical activity needs to be a public health priority"at a Schulich New Faculty Lecture on January 14. 2022

Recent Publications

Brown JB, Reichert SM, Valliere Y, McLachlan C, Webster-Bogaert S, Ratzki-Leewing A, Ryan BL, Harris SB. Health Care Providers' Emotional Responses to Their Patients' Hypoglycemic Events: Qualitative Findings From the InHypo-DM Study, Canada. Diabetes Spectr. 2021 Nov;34(4):388-393. doi: 10.2337/ds20-0061. Epub 2021 May 26.

Chan F, Lai S, Pieterman M, Richardson L, Singh A, Peters J, Toy A, Piccininni C, Rouault T, Wong K, Quong JK, Wakabayashi AT, Pawelec-Brzychczy A. Performance of a new symptom checker in patient triage: Canadian cohort study. PLoS One. 2021 Dec 1;16(12):e0260696. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0260696.

Fortin M, Stewart M, Almirall J, Berbiche D, Bélanger M, Katz A, Ryan BL, Wong ST, Zwarenstein M. One year follow-up and exploratory analysis of a patient-centered interdisciplinary care intervention for multimorbidity. J Comorb. 2021 Nov 17;11:26335565211039780. doi: 10.1177/26335565211039780.

Howie AH, Klar N, Nash DM, Reid JN, Zwarenstein M. Printed educational materials directed at Ontario family physicians do not improve adherence to guideline recommendations for diabetes management: a pragmatic, factorial, cluster randomized controlled trial [ISRCTN72772651]. BMC Fam Pract. 2021 Dec 11;22(1):243. doi: 10.1186/s12875-021-01592-9.

Marshall EG, Breton M, Cossette B, Isenor J, Mathews M, Ayn C, Smithman MA, Stock D, Frymire E, Edwards L, Green M. Problems in Coordinating and Accessing Primary Care for Attached and Unattached Patients Exacerbated During the COVID-19 Pandemic Year (the PUPPY Study): Protocol for a Longitudinal Mixed Methods Study. JMIR Res Protoc. 2021 Oct 13;10(10):e29984. doi: 10.2196/29984.

McCarthy M, O'Keeffe L, Williamson PR, Sydes MR, Farrin A, Lugg-Widger F, Davies G, Avery K, Chan AW, Kwakkenbos L, Thombs BD, Watkins A, Hemkens LG, Gale C, Zwarenstein M, Langan SM, Thabane L, Juszczak E, Moher D, Kearney PM. A study protocol for the development of a SPIRIT extension for trials conducted using cohorts and routinely collected data (SPIRIT-ROUTINE). HRB Open Res. 2021 Jul 29;4:82. doi: 10.12688/hrbopenres.13314.1.

Premji K, Sucha E, Glazier RH, Green ME, Wodchis WP, Hogg WE, Kiran T, Frymire E, Freeman TR, Ryan BL. Primary care bonus payments and patient-reported access in urban Ontario: a cross-sectional study. CMAJ Open. 2021 Nov 30;9(4):E1080-E1096. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20200235.

Rahman SMF, Brown JB, David KV, Valliere Y. Building family medicine into the primary health care system in India through under-graduate and post-graduate education. Educ Prim Care. 2021 May;32(3):186-187. doi: 10.1080/14739879.2020.1830438. Epub 2020 Oct 14.

Sibbald SL, Ziegler BR, Maskell R, Schouten K. Implementation of interprofessional team-based care: A cross-case analysis. J Interprof Care. 2021 Sep-Oct;35(5):654-661. doi: 10.1080/13561820.2020.1803228. Epub 2020 Aug 22.

Sibbald SL, Hall RE, Embuldeniya G, Gutberg J, Wodchis WP. Foundations, Functions and Current State of Collaborative Leadership: A Case of Newly Developing Integrated Care in Ontario. Healthc Q. 2021 Oct;24(3):60-67. doi: 10.12927/hcq.2021.26617.

Stewart M, Freeman T, Hartman TO, Lucassen P, van Boven K, Leger D, Cejic S. Symptoms in family practice: New findings using electronic medical record data. Can Fam Physician. 2021 Nov;67(11):803-804. doi: 10.46747/cfp.6711803.