Research is the root of family medicine. Projects that arise from questions generated in community-based practice are essential to family medicine and to the development of health care strategies that lead to better outcomes for patients. Alberta has outstanding medical researchers and facilities that contribute to the discipline of family medicine by demonstrating the unique value family physicians bring to their patient communities and the health care system. Appropriate, meaningful collaboration among researchers in primary, secondary, and tertiary care settings, medical research institutes, and academic environments results in substantially improved patient outcomes, disease prevention strategies, and health service delivery methods.

The ACFP has a long standing commitment to research that is well grounded in family practice and supports the CFPC’s Section of Researchers’ (SOR) vision and mandate.

We encourage family physicians to be a part of a learning health care system where their data and input will be the power that fuels system transformation and believe that our members should be involved in the conception of research projects that are conducted both “in” and “on” their practice in a meaningful and powerful way.

The Power of Your Practice

The ACFP is supportive of those who champion the importance of family medicine and primary care research, and highlights family medicine researchers and research in family medicine throughout the province of Alberta through our Research Showcase at the Annual Scientific Assembly, “The Power of Your Practice“. The Showcase highlights outstanding research being conducted in primary care and family practice in Alberta and Across Canada.

The The Power of Your Practice is a unique showcase of primary care and family medicine research dedicating an evening to research in Alberta and Canada. It is highly touted as the research event in the province if not the country.

62nd Research Showcase
Excellence in Family Medicine Research

Take a look at the province’s top family medicine oral research presentations and posters highlighted at the 62nd ASA.


CFPC – Family Medicine Research Awards

The SOR, with the support of the CFPC and the CFPC’s Research and Education Foundation, promotes the development of new knowledge and recognizes outstanding contributions to family medicine research through the CFPC Family Medicine Research Awards.


“Family medicine is the cornerstone of the health care system in Canada. Family medicine research creates our evidentiary base which forms the foundation of our discipline. The ability to identify, rigorously study, and cite our own evidence is essential to establishing the value and impact of family medicine on our patients and the Canadian health care system.”

The SOR’s Blueprint for Family Medicine Research Success 2012