The Thames Valley Family Practice Research Unit (TVFPRU) is a health system linked research unit. This is one of 8 such units funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, and the only one focusing on primary care. The TVFPRU is a partnership between researchers and providers of care to undertake relevant health services research. The Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and the London Chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada jointly formed this Unit in 1989.
The partnership of researchers and practising community physicians ensures that research undertaken by the Unit is relevant and rigorously conducted. Research projects that are developed are evaluated from both theoretical and day-to-day practice points of view.
Centre for Studies in Family Medicine - The Centre was established in 1986 as the research unit of the Department of Family Medicine of The University of Western Ontario. Its mission is the enhancement of care by family physicians. The Centre embodies excellence in research based on a philosophy that emphasizes the primacy of the person. Research focuses include preventive care, home-based care, and cost-effective management.
London Chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada - Since 1954 the College has been promoting excellence in primary care through education, communication among family physicians, and research that embraces a philosophy of caring for the needs of people. The London Chapter, in existence since 1972, provides linkages with family physicians in London, Ontario and the surrounding area.
A Liaison Physician serves as a bridge between the two partners.
The Thames Valley Family Practice Research Unit (TVFPRU) is a Southwest Ontario based partnership among researchers, family physicians, other health services providers, and policy makers across Southwestern Ontario and Ontario as a whole, that conducts research. Its mission is to:
To conduct collaborative research relevant to family practice and primary health care, and translate new knowledge into practice and policy regarding:
Family Physician/General Practitioner Participation in Research Projects
All family physicians/general practitioners in London and surrounding areas are welcome to participate in projects of the TVFPRU. Area physicians are closely involved in all stages of research projects, from developing an initial idea for a study through to the interpretation and presentation of results. Input from physicians ensures that research is relevant and conducted in a manner that is consistent with good patient care. Studies are structured to ensure minimal disruption of practice routines.
Physicians who are interested in participating in Research Unit studies are encouraged to contact Dr. Moira Stewart (Director), Cathy Thorpe (Research Associate) or Dr. Neil Marshall (Liaison Physician) at (519) 858-5028
Thames Valley Family Practice Research Unit, 245-100 Collip Circle, UWO Research Park, London, Ontario, Canada N6G 4X8 This site is maintained by the Thames Valley Family Practice Research Unit at The University of Western Ontario. Contact Person: Cathy Thorpe. Last updated: 15 September 2003