The Curious Family Doctor
Before there was a well-organized effort in Canada to encourage research by general practitioners, many individuals had the curiosity to do studies of their own work. This book is written to remind us of the work of the pioneers, many of whom are unknown in the year 2001.
In the late sixties ad early seventies there was a great surge of interest and activity in family medicine research in Canada. This interest was largely the result of pioneering work done by individuals and committees who saw the potential value of such research before it became a major theme of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, or of most departments of family medicine in our teaching centres.
In the eighties and nineties there has been a progressive increase in the volume of research in Canadian family medicine, to the point where it is difficult to keep track of it. This book is written to bring together scattered records of studies done by the pioneers, mainly limited to the third quarter of the twentieth century. It does not claim to be complete, but at least provides a record of much of the early work, and as such is archival.
In writing this book, I feel qualified mainly as an admiring observer of the early workers, as well as having some part in development of research by doing studies in my own practice and working with various research committees. Work done in other countries is mentioned, as it has has a direct and large influence on our progress in Canada.
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Chapter 1 Inspiration and motivation
Chapter 2 Early Activity in Canada
Chapter 3 The College Research Committees
Chapter 4 Training for Research
Chapter 5 The University
Chapter 7 Research Methods
Chapter 8 Finances
Alan Clews Alberta Australia Australian College Bill Falk Book Britain British Columbia Calgary Canada Canadian Family Physician chairman Chapter Classification Coll Gen Pract College of Family Community Health Community Medicine consultants countries Dept developed diagnoses Director diseases Donald Crombie early Epidemiology Fam Phys family doctors Family Medicine family medicine research Family Practice Greenhill group practice hospital hypertension Iain MacPherson Ian McWhinney Ian Watson illness included infection interest in research involved Jim Collyer John Garson Livingston London major McMaster Mead Johnson Company medical schools meeting methods Michael Tarrant Morbidity morbidity recording NAPCRG National Health Grant National Research Committee Newfoundland Nova Scotia number of patients Nurse Ontario organized Ottawa Physicians of Canada planning Postuk practitioners problems Professor projects provincial publication published RCGP recording Robert Westbury Royal College Saskatoon seminar survey teaching Toronto Vancouver Victoria WONCA workload