INSPIRE PHC - Primary Health CAre Program:INnovations Strengthening PrImary Healthcare REsearch
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PHC Research Rounds
Years 2017 - 2013

Trillium PHC Research Day

Research Rounds

Patient Engagement



Dr. Clare Liddy and co-lead Dr. Erin Keely received funding from the MOHLTC to establish the Ontario eConsult Centre of Excellence. They will lead the provincial implementation of a blended eConsult service –bringing together Champlain BASETM eConsult with the OTN direct to specialist eConsult (Ontario eConsult program). Over the next two years, they will work with regions to establish regional managed eConsult service in addition to a full slate of specialty services for the whole province. The OSSU, through the INSPIRE-PHC Program, aided in supporting the research that led to this exciting, integrated service. A great example of primary and specialty care working together to benefit the patient.








Lead: Dr. Moira Stewart


INSPIRE-PHC OSSU acts as the Ontario arm of the Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research- Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC).  Travel costs and limited fellowships for Ontario trainees are provided.

TUTOR-PHC is a one-year, pan-Canadian, interdisciplinary research capacity building program that has been training primary and integrated health care researchers and decision-makers from family medicine, nursing, psychology, epidemiology, social work, education, policy and many other disciplines since 2003.

The innovative curriculum of this one-year certificate program in primary health care research skills and interdisciplinary theory & processes includes:

  • An on-site Symposium in the Spring of 2017
  • Two 3-week online research skill development workshops
  • Two 7-8-week online interdisciplinary discussion groups
  • Fall: present your own research project and receive interdisciplinary feedback
  • Winter: work with an interdisciplinary team to create a research proposal

For more information please visit  or contact Rob Van Hoorn at 


As well, INSPIRE-PHC participates in the OSSU Working Group for Capacity Building and its initiatives. 
Two initiatives to date are:

  1. Creation of a Masterclass on the Use and Conduct of Patient-Oriented Research which aims to prepare individuals to champion the conduct and use of patient-oriented research (POR) in Ontario’s health system.  See  for more information.

  2. Patient-Oriented Research Capacity Building Initiative Awards. List of Recipients

If you have any questions, please contact  or 519-661-2111x22012