Domhnall MacAuleyis a CMAJ Associate Editor and a professor of primary care in Northern Ireland, UK
The concept of the “Salon” is based on the tradition of European intellectual gatherings that led to the great literary, artistic and political movements of our time. At a recent meeting of primary care researchers in Colorado Springs, Frank deGruy gathered a group of colleagues in this way together to create discussion, debate and perhaps generate ideas. Such gatherings might take place with any group and in any context - in a department, region or nationally. On this occasion, Frank attracted a group of about twenty delegates of the NAPCRG meeting from various international and professional backgrounds and I was fortunate enough to be included. ...continue reading →
Nicole Kain is a PhD Candidate in Public Health Sciences at the University of Alberta
Cindy Jardine is a professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta
Autumn 2003: Hurricane Juan claims eight lives, destroys countless buildings and residences causing power outages across the Maritimes, and is recorded as the most damaging storm in Halifax’s modern history.
June 2013: Southern Alberta is pummeled by torrential rains, combined with melting ice that causes rivers to overflow their banks; paralyzing communities and resulting in the loss of four lives and an estimated $6 billion in damages. Hospitals are forced to close, physicians can’t get into their offices due washed out roads - including portions of the Trans-Canada Highway.
Alan Katz is a professor in the Departments of Community Health Sciences and Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba, where he serves as Director of Research
It is a good time to be a primary care researcher in Canada. There has been unprecedented recent investment in Primary Care research in Canada. The Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) funded 12 Community Based Primary Health Care Teams for 5 years starting in 2013. In addition the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research, (also funded by CIHR) is launching a pan-Canadian network focused on primary and integrated care. These big ticket investments are long overdue and very welcome. They have stimulated lots of excitement in the research community and will, through the inclusion of trainee funding in each grant, generate long term benefits for PC research.
The background to these initiatives is that primary care research in Canada has lagged behind other countries with similar ...continue reading →