Original research team

Principal investigators

Doctor Martin Fortin, M.D., M.Sc., CMFC(F)

Department of Family Medicine, University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.

Centre de Santé et de Services Sociaux de Chicoutimi
Unité de médecine de famille
305, rue St-Vallier
Chicoutimi (Québec)  G7H 5H6

Canada

Telephone :  (418) 541-1234, poste 2281

Fax :            (418) 541-1129

Email : Martin.Fortin@USherbrooke.ca

Dr Fortin completed his training in medicine at the University of Sherbrooke in 1983 and obtained his certification in family medicine at the same university in 1985. He also obtained a master’s degree in epidemiology at Laval University in 1997. He is Professor and research director of the department of family medicine at the University of Sherbrooke. He is holder of the Research Chair on chronic diseases in primary care, University of Sherbrooke. His research interest is focused on patients who present multiple chronic medical conditions (multimorbidity). Initially, his work addressed the epidemiological description of multimorbidity and its consequences. His interest is now directed towards the improvement of care of patients with multiple chronic diseases in primary care. He works on the development of new models of care based on the inter-professional collaboration. He is the author of numerous publications having multimorbidity for main subject.

Doctor Hassan Soubhi, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Family Medicine, Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.

Centre de Santé et de Services Sociaux de Saguenay
Unité de médecine de famille
305, rue St-Vallier
Chicoutimi (Québec)  G7H 5H6

Canada

Telephone :  (418) 541-1234, poste 2281

Fax :            (418) 541-1129

Email : Hassan.Soubhi@USherbrooke.ca

Dr Soubhi completed his training in Medicine at the University Hassan II, Casablanca, in 1986. He obtained a special License in Public Health from of the School of Public Health at the Free University of Belgium, in 1987, and a Ph. D. in Public Health, epidemiological option, at the University of Montréal, in 1999. He conducted his postdoctoral training at the University of British Colombia. Dr Soubhi is focusing his research on chronic illness management. His research activities are guided by an ecosystemic approach to health and disease determinants, with a particular emphasis on the development of optimal strategies of chronic illness management. In particular, Dr Soubhi is currently working on the adaptation of the Communities of Practice framework to primary care and the development of new knowledge demonstrating the efficacy and effectiveness of this approach for learning and for developing interprofessional collaborative practices centred on chronically ill patients.

Co-investigators

Doctor Catherine Hudon, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., CMFC

Department of Family Medicine, Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.

Centre de Santé et de Services Sociaux de Saguenay
Unité de médecine de famille
305, rue St-Vallier
Chicoutimi (Québec)  G7H 5H6

Canada

Telephone :  (418) 541-1234, poste 2281

Fax :            (418) 541-1129

Email : Catherine.Hudon@USherbrooke.ca

Dr Hudon obtained her MD diploma at the Université Laval in 1996, and a certification in family medicine at the Université de Sherbrooke in 1998. She is a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada since 1998. She completed a MSc in Clinical Sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke in 2004 and a fellowship in interdisciplinary research in primary care in April, 2006. She is currently a PhD candidate in clinical sciences and an Associate Professor for the Department of Family Medicine - Université de Sherbrooke. Professor Hudon’s research interests are focused on the empowerment of patients afflicted with multiple chronic diseases, patient-centered care, the validation of survey instruments and physician-nurse collaboration.

Doctor Elizabeth A. Bayliss, M.D., MSPH

Kaiser Permanente Clinical Research Unit and Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado.

Email : elizabeth.bayliss@kp.org

Dr. Bayliss received her medical degree from the University of Colorado in 1989 and completed residency training in Family Medicine at Mercy Medical Center, Denver Colorado in 1992. She completed a fellowship in Primary Care Research and a Masters of Science in Public Health in 2000 at the University of Colorado. She is a Clinical Investigator in the Kaiser Permanente Clinical Research Unit and Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado. Her areas of clinical and research interest are improving processes for care for persons with multiple medical conditions and investigating methods of measuring multimorbidity for different outcomes in health services research.

Doctor Marjan van den Akker, Ph.D.

Department of General Practice, Care and Public Health Research Institute, Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

Email : Marjan.vandenAkker@HAG.unimaas.nl

Dr. van den Akker was educated as a Health Scientist, and graduated in 1992. In 1998 she obtained her certification as an epidemiologist. In 1999 she defended her PhD thesis at Maastricht University, which was completely focused on multimorbidity in a general practice population. She is assistant professor and co-director of the research program ‘Diagnostics and interventions of frequently occurring diseases in general practice’ of the Care and Public Health Research Institute. Her work regarding multimorbidity is mainly epidemiological, focusing on incidence and prevalence of multimorbidity, as well as relations between multimorbidity and psychosocial and sociodemographic characteristics. She currently works on the further development of categorisation of co-occurring diseases and longitudinal analyses regarding multimorbidity.