Canada Research Chair, Dr. Stewart is an epidemiologist who, for the past 35 years, has conducted research on primary care health services and on communication between patients and health professionals. At the Centre, Dr. Stewart has led an interdisciplinary team of researchers in Primary Health Care for 15 years; the disciplines represented on the research team reflect the Primary Health Care practice team; family medicine, nursing, social work, psychology and epidemiology. She has published widely on the topic of Patient-Centered Care and has edited with Judith Belle Brown and Thomas R. Freeman an international series of books applying the patient-centred clinical method.
Dr. Stewart is interested in transforming Electronic Medical Records into researchable form, to answer questions on symptoms, chronic diseases, multimorbidity and wait-times.
Dr. Stewart is a research methodologist, advocating for a wide variety of research methodologies in primary care. She was part of a team which sponsored five International Symposia and edited five widely used books in a series called Foundations of Primary Care Research 1989-1993. She is the Principal Investigator on a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategic Training Grant for interdisciplinary research in Primary Health Care called TUTOR-PHC. This program has educated 167 clinical researchers from more that eight professions from across Canada.
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