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In 2020-2021, the Department of Family Medicine (DFM) at McMaster University will fund up to 9 pilot projects (maximum $5000 each) for research in primary care, including one grant in medical education. The Division of Palliative Care will provide funding  up to a total of $10,000, which may fund one or more projects. These one-year grants are intended to build research capacity in the DFM and help faculty develop projects related to primary health care. Pilot projects are designed to support the development of future research projects supported by granting agencies.

Application Documents and Information


Recipients 2019-2020

Project Name Investigators Amount Funded
Division of Palliative Care
Quality of Children’s End-of-Life Care: A retrospective analysis at McMaster Children’s Hospital Samantha Winemaker (PI),  Gregorio Zúñiga Villanueva, Dave Lysecki $4,976.90
Simulation as a tool to teach residents how to have essential conversations with patients Alison Baker (PI), Amy Montour $5,000
Community Physicians/Faculty Researchers
Culturally competent care for seniors: examining the need in Waterloo region Neil Arya (PI), Linda Lee $4,979
Transitional Care for Youth with physical disabilities in Kitchener-Waterloo: a pilot study Charles Pickard (PI), Jordi McLeod $4,940
Implementation protocol for statin discontinuation for frail residents in long term care facilities Kamal Shankardass (PI), Bilal Ahmadi, Michelle Howard $5,000
A qualitative description study of social values about lung cancer screening in Ontario Meredith Vanstone (PI), Manisha Pahwa, Lawrence Grierson, Paul A. Demers, Julia Abelson, Lisa Schawartz $5,000
AFP Physicians
Enhancing a palliative approach to care: the effect of integrating a palliative curriculum on knowledge and behaviours of family medicine residents at time of graduation Amie Davis (PI), Erin Gallagher, Sarah Kinzie $3,950
Interpretation services in primary care research trial (INTERPRT): a feasibility study of the use of phone interpretation services in hypertension and diabetes care for patients with limited English proficiency at McMaster Family Practice Gabrielle Inglis (PI), Morgan Black, Shayna Henry, Rhythm Shah $4,937
The impact of care beyond cure: examining the outreach model of palliative care Amy Montour (PI), Bernadette McNeil, Chandra Anokye, Ryan Renn $5,000

Past Funding


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