Project Lead:

Michelle Howard










Michelle Howard - BA (Hons) (McMaster), MSc (University of Toronto), PhD (McMaster), Assistant Professor Department of Family Medicine, McMaster Univeristy, Research Lead, Division of Palliative Care, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University


Michelle Howard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine.  She has an MSc in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University.  Her research interests are in health service delivery in primary care and palliative care including evaluating practice organization, interprofessional teams, the role of electronic personal health records, and quality improvement programs and measures for primary care.  She is also a tutor for Evidence-Based Medicine in the Family Medicine residency program.

Special Interests:

  • Primary care organization
  • Quality improvement
  • Interprofessional primary care
  • Palliative care

CARENET researchers explore palliative and end of life care experiences for Canadians, with the goal of understanding the issues surrounding end of life care and translating that knowledge into practice.

Our primary care research projects are fairly new, however we are hoping to continue this work and collaborate with others to improve advance care planning and end-of-life conversations in the primary care setting.

Did you know? 60% of Canadians want their health care provider to give them information about advance care planning, but only 26% of primary care physicians are comfortable having those discussions, and 67% of primary care physicians say they need more resources and information.1,2

Read more about our primary care research and the i-GAP project, which is intended to increase participation in advance care planning in primary care settings:














1. Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, The Way Forward Survey: General/Family Practitioners and Nurses in Primary Care, for The Way Forward initiative, Ipsos Reid: 2014.

2. Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, What Canadians Say: The Way Forward Survey Report, for The Way Forward initiative, Harris/Decima: 2013.

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