TUTOR-PHC - A Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategic Training Program



Tying The Together



Primary Health Care Research Ties w/ CIHR Themes & Institutes

Individuals and families across the entire lifespan (pregnancy to death) seek and receive primary health care. These people either are attempting to prevent, or already have, all types of medical conditions at all stages (risk factors to chronic illness). Most CIHR institute programs fall within the primary health care domain (i.e., respiratory, circulatory, musculoskeletal, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, mental health). Research on these problems will involve both biological and clinical approaches as well as prevention and health promotion. The Mentors in the proposed interdisciplinary research training program have the expertise to address the research related to the biomedical and psychosocial dimensions of health. Finally, health services research, on such issues as the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of interdisciplinary teams in primary health care, is urgently needed as primary health care across Canada is being reorganized. Therefore, primary health care research covers all four of CIHR’s pillars: basic biomedical; clinical; health services and systems; and population health. Although the current training program is relevant to virtually all CIHR Institutes, the most relevant Institutes include: Health Services and Policy Research; Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis; Circulatory and Respiratory Health; Healthy Aging; Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction; Human Development, Child and Youth Health; and Population and Public Health.


Capacity Building & Increasing Transdisciplinary Skills & Quality

Three aspects of TUTOR-PHC will improve Canada’s capacity to conduct high quality primary health care research:

  • new fellowships for trainees will attract high quality candidates into careers in research;
  • supervisors from single disciplines will learn about interdisciplinary primary health care research; and
  • skills workshops are designed to provide experience with methods, measures and approaches unique to primary health care research.