Sixty percent of deaths worldwide are now due to chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes.
- Catford J. Health Promot Int 2007
"64.3% of GP/FPs responding to the 2013 National Physician Survey report using electronic medical record systems in their practice."
- National Physician Survey (NPS) 2013
A recent estimate by the OnHealth Quality Council suggests that one in three Ontarians have one or more chronic diseasesand that chronic disease care is consuming about 60% of Ontario's health budget.
- HHQC Report 2007
Practice-based primary care research networks - they work and are ready for full development and support.
- Green LA, BMJ 2001
A 2006 study of 980 patients in a family medicine practice in Sherbrooke, Quebec, determined that 89% to 100% had multiplechronic conditions.
- Fortin M. Ann Fam Med 2006
Central Staff Bios
Administrative Assistant, Chair’s Office
Wendy joined the CSPC in 2010 bringing a wide variety of knowledge and experience in office administration and organization. Wendy has a diploma from St. Lawrence College in Business Administration. Her enthusiastic interest in computer programs and advanced skills enables her to maintain the CSPC website. Primary Care Research Day is a focal point of responsibility for Wendy that encompasses a wide variety of organizational and communicative tasks. In her role as Administrative Assistant, she provides support for all members of the CSPC and also the CPCSSN project. Wendy has advanced financial management skills that assist with the smooth running of the Centre.
Information & Technology Manager
Ken is the Information & Technology Manager on the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN) project. He is responsible for planning and coordinating the collection of EMR data from the nine regional offices across Canada, supervising regional Data Managers, managing relationships with EMR vendors, developing processes and infrastructure required to implement the extraction, cleaning and uploading of EMR data into the central data repository and facilitating the development of query/reporting tools for use with the CPCSSN data repository for research purposes. Ken brings over 20 years of experience developing a wide variety of database end user applications for private and public sector clients, including roles as chief software architect and senior developer of a major EMR product, project manager for and senior developer of a trade export information system used around the world in Canadian embassies. He has a BSc in Computer Science & Mathematics from Acadia University and a MSc in Computing & Information Science from Queen’s University.
Senior Data Analyst
Shahriar joined CSPC in September 2010. He brings more than 15 years of experience in conceptualizing and designing quantitative research, applying appropriate statistical tools and techniques, and coauthoring reports with special emphasis on policy implications. For the past seven years, he was involved in a longitudinal research project called Better Beginnings, Better Futures at Queen’s University, carrying out numerous complex multivariate analyses to evaluate program effects on various aspects of child, parent and neighbourhood. Shahriar has a Master degree in Demography from the Austrialian National University, Canberra, Australia and a Bachelor (honours) and Master degree in Statistics from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has participated in various international development programs in the developing world such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia and Cambodia.
Tyler Williamson is the Senior Epidemiologist with Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN). CPCSSN is Canada’s first multi-disease electronic record surveillance system. Tyler co-chairs the CPCSSN research committee with Dr. Walter Rosser. Tyler received his graduate training in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary with a specialization in Biostatistics. His PhD dissertation examined methods for analyzing health research data using log-binomial models. He has been actively involved in health research for 10 years in various capacities and fields. He has published work in obstetrics and gynecology, hematology, emergency medicine, medical statistics, aboriginal health, immunization, and primary care. Currently his statistical research interests include the analysis of correlated and uncorrelated binary data, interim analyses in clinical trials and numerical optimization methods. His clinical research focuses on chronic disease burden in Canada, from a primary care perspective, particularly as it pertains to the CPCSSN project.
SCU Dr. Richard Birtwhistle is a family physician and clinical epidemiologist. He is a Professor in the departments of Family Medicine and Community Health and Epidemiology and is currently Director of the Centre for Studies in Primary Care in the department of Family Medicine at Queen’s University. He also served as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education in the School of Medicine at Queen’s from 1996-2004. He continues to practice family medicine in clinic 2 days per week.His primary research interests include hypertension, chronic disease management, and the evaluation of primary care models. Since 2008 he has been the principal investigator and is the current Chair for the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN) which is a national project funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada ($11.8M). Its aim is to develop a central repository of de-identified patient data on chronic diseases from a network of primary care practitioners using electronic medical records. This data source will be available to health care providers and researchers for surveillance and research purposes, ideally leading to improved chronic disease care in Canada.Dr. Birtwhistle received the Researcher of the Year award in 2010 by the College of Family Physicians of Canada in recognition of the successes of CPCSSN. He is also the Vice Chair of the newly reconstituted Canadian Task Force in Primary Healthcare which is producing evidence based guidelines for primary care practitioners.
Jannet Ann Leggett, Ll.B./JD, CIPP/C, M.IP (Candidate)
Research, Privacy and Ethics Officer Prior to joining CPCSSN to serve as Research Privacy and Ethics Officer, Jannet operated her own law firm specializing in privacy and freedom of information compliance for both privacy and public sector organizations. For the development of the privacy protocol for CPCSSN, she has been recognized by Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner as a Privacy by Design Ambassador. Read MoreButton text
Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network
Queen's University, Centre for Studies in Primary Care
220 Bagot St., Kingston, ON K7L 5E9
Phone: 613.533.9300 ext 73934
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