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Legare France_cropFrance Légaré is Full Professor with the Department of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Laval University, and a clinical investigator, Public Health and Practice-Changing Research Group, CHUQ Research Centre, Quebec, Canada. She is a keynote speaker at the forthcoming NAPCRG Annual Meeting 2014


I trained as an architect for four years before entering medical school. This first degree left a strong impression on me and I’m still very grateful for the toolbox it provided me with. It also provided me with an appreciation of the great creativity of some architects: they transform the mundane day-to-day activities in long lasting footprints that define a city and sometimes an era. But how do they do this?

Frank O. Gehry is a Canadian-American architect who lives in LA.

Le musée Guggenheim (Bilbao)
Le musée Guggenheim (Bilbao)

He won the Pritzker Award, the Nobel Prize for Architecture, and Vanity Fair has called him “the most important architect of our age.” He’s famous for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, among others.

But back in 1977, Frank Gehry bought a little pink bungalow in Santa Monica and started experimenting – to remodel it and adapt it. ...continue reading

ramond_photoDr. Aline Ramond-Roquin Département de Médecine Générale et Laboratoire d'Ergonomie et d'Epidémiologie en Santé au Travail; Faculté de Médecine d'Angers, France
Actuellement détachée au Québec, Canada

« Alors comme ça tu fais de la recherche en médecine générale? Et ça consiste en quoi? Et tu travailles dans quel service hospitalier? » La spécificité de la recherche en médecine générale est loin d’être (re)connue au sein de la communauté médicale, y compris généraliste. Mais difficile de nier que cette recherche est peu développée en France, et insuffisamment diffusée! Sans doute parce que la réforme de 1958, en adossant les facultés de médecine aux hôpitaux pour créer les « centres hospitaliers universitaires », concentra la recherche médicale dans les hôpitaux, excluant de fait les médecins généralistes. Sans doute aussi parce que l’exercice de la médecine générale est essentiellement libéral, avec un paiement à l’acte majoritaire. Sans doute encore pour beaucoup d’autre raisons, historiques, socio-culturelles, et j’en passe, les généralistes eux-mêmes n’étant certainement pas totalement étrangers à cet état de fait…

Pourtant, la recherche en médecine générale se développe en France actuellement. Pourtant, comme d’autres collègues généralistes, je fais de la recherche en parallèle de mon activité clinique. Pourtant, ce qui était impossible il y a quelques années est envisageable aujourd’hui… Pourquoi? ...continue reading

Chris van WeelChris van Weel is Emeritus Professor of Family Medicine/General Practice
at Radboud University Nijmegen in The Netherlands; Professor of Primary Health Care Research at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia; and Past President of WONCA


On a global scale, research in family medicine and primary health care appears to develop slowly and hesitantly, certainly in light of its contribution to education. This difficult state of affairs is mirrored in substantial international differences in research facilities: few countries can boast the visionary funding policies of Canada or Australia, or the inclusive research programming of universities in the Netherlands and the UK. The research grass often looks greener on the other side of a border, and this tends to trigger contemplation of what might have been – along with lamentations of deprived opportunities.

Yet, there IS a parallel primary health care research reality to enjoy. ...continue reading

Katz_AAlan 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