In Vancouver Community we use a broad and inclusive definition of research and evaluation to stimulate this activity in our programs. Community research and evaluation is an encompassing term that includes, but is not limited to:

Community clinical trials, epidemiological studies, basic (not lab) research, health system research, innovation, program evaluation, best practices, decision making, longitudinal studies, operational processes, naturalistic research, consumer and client oriented research, and knowledge translation/mobilization.

Department of Family Practice

Fostering partnerships with hospitals and other healthcare professionals to provide personalized, continuing and comprehensive care to families and communities.

The Department of Family and Community Practice is comprised of three distinct groups of family physicians. Many members are clinical faculty and academic leaders in the UBC Department of Family. They work in:

    • Vancouver Acute services: Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital and GF Strong Hospital. These include hospitalist wards, palliative care units, the STAT centre and Geriatric Day Hospitals, and other clinical in-patient areas such as surgical, pre-anaesthetic, medical and psychiatry wards, and the ambulatory sexual assault team.
    • Vancouver Community services: Primary care, Home VIVE, Hospice, Residential care, Mental Health and Addictions, and Public Health clinics - as listed in this website.
    • Private practice and physicians affiliated with VCH to facilitate continuity of care for clients

    We encourage family physicians to engage in continual professional development, including self-evaluation of their own clinical practice and quality improvement projects, clinical or health services research, and participation in primary care research networks.

    Departmental education rounds

    Departmental education rounds are forums for members and researchers to present literature and evidence-based updates, in addition to research ideas or study results and applications. Interested presenters can contact the Department office. Archived rounds can be found at the website.

    Examples of Research and Evaluation Priorities

    • Methods of and effectiveness of collaboration between Acute and Community services.
    • Communication and transition between primary care and specialists & hospitals.
    • Changing roles of family physicians in an urban health care environment.
    • Barriers to and effectiveness of continuity of care by family physicians.
    • Inter-professional practice: mutual education and practical issues, and shared care training of residents and other students.
    • Quality improvement in holistic clinical care.
    • Doctor-patient family communications in various practice settings as well as in longitudinal and after-hour care.

    Current and Past Research and Evaluation Projects

    • "Physician knowledge, attitudes and prescribing behavior regarding HIV care and treatment in British Columbia" by Dr. David Hall (2014 BC College of Family Physicians Research Award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada)
    • BC Hospitalist Quality Improvement Survey: Understanding barriers and facilitators of hospitalist participation in system improvement efforts in British Columbia
    • Development & Evaluation of a General Internal Medicine Specialist Support Program at a VC Primary Care Clinic

    Questions? We can help. Contact our Community Research Facilitator