Research Project Planning Resources

New research project idea? Please visit here to provide startup information and book a meeting!

If you would like to become a collaborator on a project please see the current DFM Project List. Please contact Craig Mara to add a new project or remove a finished project.

Craig Mara, MESc
Research Coordinator
Department of Family Medicine
Western University
1005 The Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine
t. 519.661.2111, ext.86608

Funding Opportunities

Western University Funding Opportunities

COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

Western Research has collated funding opportunites for COVID-19 research avaible here.


Ethics & Privacy

Health Sciences Research Ethics Board

The Health Sciences Research Ethics Board consists of a full review board and a delegated review board. Research that is deemed minimal-risk to patients and participants or is a chart review is eligible for delegated review. All other research must be sent to the full review board. All submissions are done electronically through Western Research Ethics Management (WREM).

WREM First-Time Login Instructions

  1. Enter your full email address as your username.
  2. Click the reset password button.
  3. Follow the instructions in the email that is sent to you. This will allow you to set a password.
  4. Login to WREM.
HSREB Standard Operating Procedures and Guidelines 


LHSC Affiliated Training 

If you plan to complete research at BFMC, SJFMC, VFMC, Fowler Kennedy, and/or London hospitals your REB application is automatically forwarded to Lawson for review. All members of the research team (faculty, staff, residents and medical students) that are listed on the ethics application are required to take the following training.

    1. LHSC Privacy Training-expires 1 year from completion
    2. TCPS2 Module- must complete once, does not expire
    3. Six Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)-expires 3 years from completion
Lawson Standard Operating Procedures and Guidelines 


Please note that you cannot begin your project until you receive approval. 

Any documentation or questions can be sent to

Circle of Care and sharing personal health information

Process (single centre, chart audit, multi centre)

Departmental Research Committee (DRC)

Reviews projects for scientific merit and funding.  Any project that seeks to use patients and/or residents at more than one academic family medical centre must first receive approval from the DRC. Form templates and completed applications can be sent to The DRC meets bi-monthly.

Individual Family Medicine Centre Research Committee (CRC)

This ethical approval is for projects taking place or using people at one Family Medicine centre (BFMC, SJFMC, VFMC, SWMHC, MCFMC). There are two possible tracks:

  1. If completing research within the practice of your Family Medicine Centre, you are encouraged to inform the CRC.
  2. Research that involves more than one practice at a Family Medicine Centre must be approved by the DRC.

Department Research Committee and CRC

Nature of the Research
Approval Required
Notification for Information and Support
Single Practice   DRC/CRC
Single Family Medicine Centre CRC DRC
More than one Family Medicine Centre DRC/CRC  

DRC = Department Research Committee, CRC = Centre Research Committee

Clinical Research Impact Committee (CRIC)

This type of approval is required for projects completed at LHSC, St. Joseph's, South Street Hospital, Parkwood Hospital, Regional Mental Health Care and the London Regional Cancer Program. The REB committee will notify you to complete the CRIC form after you've submitted your HSREB application. If you are completing research at Parkwood Hospital, Regional Mental Health Care and the London Regional Cancer Program, you are required to also submit a copy of your ethics submission to your respective CRIC committees.


Other types of approvals are needed based on the department, organization, or centre you are working with. Ensure you have all needed approvals before starting out your project.

Patient Consent For Publication (generic)

Library resources

Western Libraries

Family Medicine Section of Western Libraries

Canadian Library of Family Medicine - a service available CFPC physicians offering literature searching, document and article copying, instructional services, book loans, etc.

Family Medicine Databases - these databases require your western ID and password. Information regarding passwords can be found here.

Citation Management Software - Western Libraries provides an overview of the different software tools. 

Statistics Help Desk- Western provides assistance with various statistics related services such as data collection form design, sample size calculations, data analysis, and interpretation of results. Analysis Services are available to provide data analysis or extended statistical consultation include to members of the academic, medical, and R&D branches of business communities. Up to 10 hours of free consultation is available for researchers in units that have a dedicated agreement with Western Data Science Services (currently the Faculty of Health Sciences). Other clients will be charged an hourly fee.

Study Design Resources

Survey Design

Western Methodology Clinic- Join faculty and advanced trainees for methodology consultation for study design, statistical analysis, power/sample size calculations, and responding to reviews of grant applications and journal article submissions. Please email to make an appointment to attend the clinic.

Schwarz N. Self-Reports: How the Questions Shape the Answers. American Psychologist, 1999, 54 (2), 93-105

Menon G, Raghubir R, Schwarz N. Behavioral Frequency Judgments: An Accessibility-Diagnosticity Framework. The Journal of Consumer Research, 1995; 22 (2), 212-228

Schwarz N and Oyserman D. Asking Questions About Behavior: Cognition, Communication, and Questionnaire Construction. The Journal of Evaluation. 2001, 22 (2), 127-160

Chart Review

Gearing R, Mian I, Barber J and Ickowicz A. A Methodology for Conducting Retrospective Chart Review Research in Child and Adolescent Psychaitry. H Can Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry, 2006, 15(3) 126-134. 

Banks N. Designing medical record abstraction forms. Int J Qual Health Care. 1998, 10(3), 163-167

Educational Studies

Centre for Education Research and Learning-

The Centre for Education Research & Innovation (CERI) is a Senate-approved research centre at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. With a focus on health professions education, our mandate is to create:

  • A thriving health professions education research community at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry;
  • A vibrant, interdisciplinary axis for health professions education research at Western University;
  • A respected site for health professions education research training in Canada;
  • An internationally recognized producer of new knowledge.
For general inquiries please contact:


Survey Tool

Qualtrics- approved by Western Ethics, Qualtrics is a free and easy way to design and dissiminate a research survey

Dissemination Pathways For Interviews and Surveys

Residents can be reached for research purposes following approval via

Community physicians can be reached through the City Wide email list which includes Faculty members. Please contact Craig Mara for inquiries to distribute a recruitment letter to this list.

A research contact database is housed at CFPC here