Primary 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 work in primary care practices has spanned the country and resulted in significant data gathering around the level of engagement in advance care planning among primary care patients and the barriers and enablers faced by health care professionals in primary care. Research is also evaluating the impact of tools for patients and health care professionals to improve preparation for decisions about health care, and to understand the best ways to use the tools in primary care.

Current Projects:


Completed Projects:

  • *Coming soon


Project Lead: 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

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

Back to top