Projects and Publications

Projects UTOPIAN is currently supporting

Project Title PI Participating sites
Design and Evaluation of an mHealth Behavioural Intervention for the Self-Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Joe Cafazzo


Mt Sinai, NYGH, Southlake, St Joseph's, THP - Summerville
PIAAF-FP: Program for the Identification of Actionable AF in the Family Practice setting


Noah Ivers


Sunnybrook, WCH
Development, testing & implementation of a decision aid for patients with diabetes in clinical care

Catherine Yu


Markham, NYGH, Southlake, St Michael's, Sunnybrook, MGH, TWH, WCH
The Implementation of the CPCSSN Data Presentation Tool in Primary Care Clinics to enhance the Surveillance, Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease

Debra Butt




CPCSSN National Data projects at UTOPIAN

Proposal PI Project ID
Bundling of chronic disease screening and prevention in primary care: a descriptive study using Affinity Analysis Michelle Greiver 2015SRSC42
Using Local and National EMR Data to Examine Paediatric and Adult Weight Trends in Primary Care Alan Monavvari 2016SRSC59
Epidemiology of Multimorbidity: A Comparative Study between Scottish and Ontario Primary Care Populations Frank Sullivan 2016SRSC60
Impact of CDA guideline dissemination strategy on the use of vascular protective agents in Canada Catherine Yu 2016SRSC67
Evaluation of a List of Essential Medicines for Canadian Primary Care Nav Persaud 2016SRSC73
Incidence and treatment of Bell’s Palsy in Canada from 2001 to 2015 using electronic medical health records of primary care providers Frak Sullivan 2016SRSC82
Trends in Systematic recording errors for blood pressure in Primary Care Michelle Greiver 2016SRSC83


Projects funded by UTOPIAN - 2016


Project Title PI Participating sites
Exploring the Primary Care Mental Health Experiences of Eating Disorder Patients: A Thematic Analysis

Kim Lazare


Coordinated Care Planning in Toronto’s First Wave Health Links: A Qualitative Study of Caregiver and Patient Experiences

Blaise Clarkson & Tia Pham


Sunnybrook, TEGH/MGH
Trends in the Use of Trazodone associated with Public Reporting of the Indicator: "Potentially Inappropriate Antipsychotic use”  in Long-Term Care in Ontario

Evelyn Williams


Determining Patient Preferences Regarding STATIN Therapy For Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease After Utilization of A Shared Decision Aid

Patricia Marr


A Feasibility Study of an Emotion-Focused Mindfulness Group to Enhance Coping and Resilience in Family Medicine Patients Living with Common Mental Illnesses

Rodelyn Wisco & Cleo Haber

Mt Sinai

Mt Sinai
Role Modeling of Professionalism in Family Medicine Residency

Stephen Marisette


Markham, Sunnybrook
Use of email between family physicians and patients: A descriptive survey of family physician practices and knowledge

Raj Girdhari 

St Michael's

Barrie, Markham, Mt Sinai, NYGH, Scarborough, Southlake, St Joseph's, St Michael's, Sunnybrook, TEGH, CVH, Summerville, TWH, WCH
Current practices and barriers to screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) for alcohol and smoking during pregnancy among maternity care providers

Alice Ordean

St Joseph's

Mt Sinai, Southlake
Pregnancy Risks and Women’s Future Cardiovascular Health: A Missed Primary Care Opportunity to Improve Women’s Health?

Karen Fleming




Projects funded by UTOPIAN - 2015

Project Title PI Participating sites
Barriers and Facilitators in Follow-Up with Primary Care Providers upon Discharge from Hospital: Patients’ and Caregivers’ Perspectives

Soumia Meiyappan


Using Local and National EMR Data to Examine Adult Weight Trends in Primary Care

Alan Monavvari


Childhood and Youth Obesity: Assessment of Screening and Management Patterns in Community-based Primary Care Practices

Matt Orava


Pilot Needs Assessment and Usability Testing of an eLearning Mobile Application for Procedural Skill Acquisition and Training for Residents and Teachers

Jeremy Rezmovitz


Family Medicine Residents and House Calls: A Pilot Study

Navsheer Toor


Assessing Attitudes of Evaluation in Competency Based Medical Education

 Peter Tzakas


Validating an algorithm to identify people with living with Hepatitis C using electronic medical record data and assessing the quality of primary care provided

Zoe von Aesch

St Michael's

St Michael's


List of selected publications

Wylie G, Menz HB, McFarlane S, Ogston S, Sullivan F, Williams B, Young Z, Morris J. Podiatry intervention versus usual care to prevent falls in care homes: pilot randomized controlled trial (the PIRFECT study). 2017 BMC Geriatrics 17:143. BMC Geriatrics link

Persaud N, Lee T, Ahmad H, Li W, Taglione MS, Rajakulasingam Y, Umali N, Boozary A, Glazier RH, Gomes T, Hwang SW, Jüni P, Law M, Mamdani MM, Manns B, Martin D, Morgan S, Oh P, Pinto AD, Shah BR, Sullivan FM, Thorpe KE, Tu K, Laupacis A. Protocol for a randomised controlled trial evaluating the effects of providing essential medicines at no charge: the Carefully seLected and Easily Accessible at No Charge Medicines (CLEAN Meds) trial. BMJ Open. 2017 Jun 12;7(5):e015686. BMJ Open link

Loudon K, Zwarenstein M, Sullivan F, Gágyor I, Donnan P, Krishnan J, Hobbelen h, Althabe F, Treweek S. The PRECIS-2 tool has good inter-rater reliability and modest discriminant Validity. J Clin Epidemiol. 2017 Jun 8. pii: S0895-4356(16)30601-1. Doi.10.1016/j.jclinepi.2017.06.001. PubMed link

Somasundara D, Sullivan F. Management of Bell’s palsy.Aust Prescr 2017;40:94-731 May 2017 DOI: 10.18773/austprescr.2017.030. PubMed link

Loo CK, Greiver M, Aliarzadeh B, Lewis D. Association between neighbourhood walkability and metabolic risk factors influenced by physical activity: a cross-sectional study of adults in Toronto, Canada. BMJ Open. 2017 Apr 8;7(4):e013889. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013889. BMJ Open link

Francis NA, Ridd MJ, Thomas-Jones E, Butler CC, Hood K, Shepherd V, Marwick CA, Huang C, Longo M, Wootton M, Sullivan F; CREAM Trial Management Group. Oral and Topical Antibiotics for Clinically Infected Eczema in Children: A Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial in Ambulatory Care. Ann Fam Med. 2017 Mar;15(2):124-130. doi: 10.1370/afm.2038. PubMed link

Southgate D, Greiver M, Hubka G, Kostka K, Moineddin R, Moienedin M, Pencharz J, Bogetta H, Mazariegos C, Guindon JA, Petroff A. Effect of a Group Behavioural Management Program on Emotional Regulation of Food Choices: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Can J Diet Pract Res. 2017 Mar 23:1-4. doi: 10.3148/cjdpr-2017-006. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed link

Greiver M, Wintemute K, Aliarzadeh B, Martin K, Khan S, Jackson D, Leggett J, Lambert-Lanning A, Siu M. Implementation of data management and effect on chronic disease coding in a primary care organisation: a parallel cohort observational study. J Innov Health Inform. 2016;23(3):580-590. JIHI link

Sullivan F, Daly F, Gagyor I. Antiviral Agents Added to Corticosteroids for Early Treatment of Adults With Acute Idiopathic Facial Nerve Paralysis (Bell Palsy). JAMA. 2016 Aug 23-30;316(8):874-5. doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.10160. PubMed link

Aliarzadeh B, Meaney C, Moineddin R, White D, Birken C, Parkin P, Greiver M. Hypertension screening and follow-up in children and adolescents in a Canadian primary care population sample: a retrospective cohort study. CMAJ Open. 2016 May 5;4(2):E230-5. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20150016. PubMed link

Greiver M, Aliarzadeh B, Meaney C, Moineddin R, Southgate CA, Barber DT, White DG, Martin KB, Ikhtiar T, Williamson T. Are We Asking Patients if They Smoke?: Missing Information on Tobacco Use in Canadian Electronic Medical Records. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Aug;49(2):264-8. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2015.01.005. Epub 2015 May 18. PubMed link

Greiver M, Williamson T, Barber D, Birtwhistle R, Aliarzadeh B, Khan S, Morkem R, Halas G, Harris S, Katz A. Prevalence and epidemiology of diabetes in Canadian primary care practices: a report from the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network. Can J Diabetes. 2014 Jun;38(3):179-85. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2014.02.030. Epub 2014 May 14. PubMed link

Aliarzadeh B, Greiver M, Moineddin R, Meaney C, White D, Moazzam A, Moore KM, Belanger P. Association between socio-economic status and hemoglobin A1c levels in a Canadian primary care adult population without diabetes. BMC Fam Pract. 2014 Jan 10;15:7. doi: 10.1186/1471-2296-15-7. PubMed link

Back to Top