INSPIRE PHC - Primary Health CAre Program:INnovations Strengthening PrImary Healthcare REsearch
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Trillium PHC Research Day

Research Rounds

Patient Engagement



Dr. Clare Liddy (INSPIRE-PHC investigator) and Dr. Erin Keely will lead the Ontario eConsult Centre of Excellence. Click here for more information and contacts.


Research Project Links

PC Reform
Optimizing quality, access, integration and equity in Ontario primary care

Care in the Home (TAPESTRY)
Primary health care linking with community (TAPESTRY-CM)

Community Linkage - SCOPE
Enhancing PHC linkages with home care and hospitals (SCOPE)

Specialist Linkage -eConsult
Creating new PHC linkages with specialists

Knowledge Translation Exchange (KTE)

Sex and Gender Analysis

Contact Info

Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine
Western University
1151 Richmond St.
London, ON
Canada N6A 3K7

Moira Stewart, PhD
519-661-2111 x22133

For administrative issues (including Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day):

Manager: Leslie Meredith, MEd
519-661-2111 x22012

Assistant: Sandi Richard
519-661-2111 x22136






This 2013-2016 Health System Research Fund (HSRF),  Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC)
funded research program, is now complete and will no longer be updated
Although the funded research is complete, each of three innovations continue to be active programs and can be accessed through the following websites:


SCOPE at University Health Network

eConsult – The Champlain BASETM eConsult Service

Relevant publications and updated program information will be accessible there.

Welcome to INSPIRE-PHC:   News and Announcements


INSPIRE-PHC received a Health System Research Fund grant from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for the period of April 2013- March 2016. This grant recognized the pivotal importance of primary health care research to health system transformation in Ontario.

The key components of the program are (1) the Program itself: three community based interventions, one project focused on primary care reform and two cross cutting themes of knowledge translation and exchange and sex and gender based analysis (2) Applied Health Research Questions (AHRQs) as well as (3) an Ontario-wide Network of primary health care researchers and decision makers.

The program is a collaboration of Western University (the lead institution), McMaster University, Bruyere Research Institute, Queen's University and ICES and includes a number of disciplines related to primary health care.

We hope that you will visit our site frequently as it will continue to grow as the projects and cross cutting themes move forward and AHRQs are completed. If you are a PHC researcher or decision maker, please join our network and keep up to date on primary health care events and resources.

Your input is welcome, so if you have any suggestions for the website, the overall program or have an idea for a research project, we would like to hear from you.

Sincerely, Moira Stewart, PhD



Research Project 1
PC Reform: Optimizing quality, access, integrations and equity in Ontario primary care

Much of what we know about models of primary care reform in Ontario dates from the early 2000's when the Primary Health Care Transition Funds were used in Ontario to provide knowledge about models current at that time. Current research suggests that PC models have somewhat different socio-demographic profiles but their geographic distribution and reach in relation to population needs has not been previously examined. Therefore, our studies will address the current issues in primary care reform: attributes of reform; quality of chronic disease care; economic impact; access, integration and equity and disparities.... read more


Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya chosen for Labelle Lecturership Series
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October 1, 2014

The INSPIRE-PHC Team would like to congratulate Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya (Frigon-Bleu Chair in Family Medicine Research at Women's College Hospital) for being chosen the Labelle Lecturer, McMaster University and delivering a well-received presentation yesterday entitled "From Lean to the Lean Startup: Improvement and Innovation in the Design of Health Services". Dr. Lisa Dolovich (Research Director, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University) was the Discussant for this event.

It is not often that a lecture such as this is centred on primary health care system transformation, so this invitation was a great honour, and, as they are both members of the INSPIRE-PHC management team, we are doubly proud! For more information on the Labelle Lecture
Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day.
Thursday, June 1, 2016
at Metro Toronto Convention Centre
North Building
This event provides an opportunity to share your primary health care relevant research in a welcoming and constructive atmosphere. The conference will expose participants to the latest in peer-reviewed primary health care research in Ontario. Hosted by INSPIRE-PHC.
Ruta Valaitis, Jennifer Longaphy, Kalpana Nair, Gina Agarwal, Lauren Griffith, Monika Kastner, Doug Oliver, Jenny Ploeg, Sharon Straus, and Lisa Dolovich. Persona-scenario exercise for codesigning primary care interventions. Can Fam Physician March 2014 60: 294-296