Projects UTOPIAN is currently supporting


Project Title PI Participating sites

SPOR Network in Diabetes and its Related Complications [sites contribution data to UTOPIAN]


Gary Lewis / Michelle Greiver

Barrie, Markham, Mt Sinai, NYGH, Scarborough, Southlake, St. Michael's, MGH

Evaluating the implementation and impact of an online tool used within primary care to improve the income security of patients with complex health and social needs in Ontario and Manitoba


Andrew Pinto

St. Michael's, MGH

Electronic Patient Reported Outcomes: What is important to measure form the perspective of persons with complex chronic disease and disability? [site recruitment]

Carolyn Steele Gray / Ross Upshur

Mt. Sinai, Southlake, St. Michael's, Summerville

The SARTAN‐AD Trial: A Randomized, Open Label, Proof of Concept Study of Telmisartan vs. Perindopril in Hypertensive Mild‐Moderate Alzheimer’ Disease Patients [site recruitment phase]

Sandra Black / Meg Bennett


The development and testing of a scaling strategy for a Community‐Based Primary Care Antimicrobial Stewardship Program utilizing an innovative University of Toronto primary care testing platform: theUTOPIAN practice based research network [site recruitment phase]

Warren McIsaac TBC

OPTIMUM: Optimizing Outcomes of Treatment‐Resistant Depression in Older Adults [site recruitment phase]

Peter Selby TBC
An Online Platform for Expanding Antibiotic Stewardship (OPEN Stewardship) Derek MacFadden TBC
A Cluster-Randomized Trial Comparing Team-Based versus Primary Care Clinician-Focused Advance Care Planning in Practice-Based Research Networks Michelle Greiver TBC

SPIDER: A Research and QI Collaboration Supporting Practices in Improving Care for Complex Elderly Patients

Michelle Greiver TBC


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
Diabetes Action Canada –Patient, Practice and Population Diabetes Risk Management (PPPDRM) System Michelle Greiver 2017SRSC88
Patterns of thyroid screening and case detection in patients without thyroid disease in Canadian primary care Michelle Greiver 2017SRSC89
Deep neural network-assisted hypertension diagnosis Zhong-Ping Feng 2017SRSC98
Comparing trends in diabetes medications in the era of SGLT2s and GLP1s in Canada, the UK and Australia: a repeated cross sectional analysis Michelle Greiver 2018SRSC109


Projects funded by UTOPIAN - 2017

Project Title PI Participating Sites

Comparing the use of a validated readmission risk index tool (LACE) with the primary care provider’s assessment of readmission risk to predict risk of readmission to hospital within 30 days

 Sakina Walji Mt Sinai

Assessing the feasibility and clinical utility of primary care to specialist care wait time reports

Michelle Naimer Mt Sinai

Screening and Vaccination by Family Physicians for Hepatitis B in

Immigrants to Ontario (study based on ICES data)

Karuna Gupta  

Understanding Clinician Teachers’ Self‐perception of Their Academic Roles: A pilot study

Betty Chen WTH


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 publications


Tu K, Sodhi S, Kidd MR, Grunfeld E, Ji C, Griever M, Meaney C, Krueger P, Mullin A, Fung A, Downey H, Chen T, Kalia S, Aliarzadeh B, Akhtar S, Antoniou T, Arbess G, Bhattacharyya O, Birken C, Bloch G, Bond A, Boozary A, Bozinoff N, Burchell A, Carsley S, Catford E, Crampton N, Dawson D, Deshpande A, Feldman S, Freeman R, Ghavam-Rassoul A, Goel R, Golisky J, Green L, Hranilovic S, Incardona N, Ivers N, Janakiram P, Kinlin L, Kiran T, Landes M, Leanza F, Lofters A, Martin D, Melamed O, Murdoch S, Nambiar D, Nicolau I, Nnorom, O, O'Neill B, Owen J, Pariser P, Pink D, Rackal J, Rashid M, Redditt V, Rouleau K, Sauvé A, Selby P, Shoush S, Smylie J, Sparrow A, Sud A, Tannenbaum D, Upshur R. The University of Toronto Family Medicine Report: Caring for our Diverse Populations. November 2020. Toronto, Ontario: Department of Family and Community Medicine. ISBN: 978-1-9990809-1-4.

O’Neill B, Kalia S, Aliarzadeh B, Sullivan F, Moineddin R, Kelly M, Greiver M. Cardiovascular risk factor documentation and management in primary care electronic medical records among people with schizophrenia in Ontario, Canada: retrospective cohort study. 2020 Oct 19. BMJ Open. 10: e038013

Greiver M, Kalia S, Moineddin R, Chen S, Duchen R, Rigobon AV. Impact of the Diabetes Canada Guideline dissemination strategy on dispensed vascular protective medications for older patients in Ontario, Canada: a linked EMR and administrative data study. 2020 May 1. 20 (1). BMC Health Services Research.

Sud A, Nelson MLA, Cheng DK, Armas A, Foat K, Greiver M, Hosseiny F, Katz J, Moineddin R, Mulsant BH, Newman RI, Rivlin L, Vasudev A, Upshur R. Sahaj Samadhi Meditation versus a Health Enhancement Program for depression in chronic pain: protocol for a randomized controlled trial and implementation evaluation. 2020 April 7. 21(1):319. BMC Trials.

Phillips SP, Bates S, Mavriplis C, Greiver M, Patel T, Hayes MJ and Dickinson JA. Cervical cancer screening for young women: First do no harm. January 2020. Canadian Family Physician 2020; 66:14-18.


Wintemute K, Greiver M, McIsaac W, Del Giudice E, Sullivan F, Aliarzadeh B, Kalia S, Meaney C, Moineddin R, Singer A. Choosing Wisely Canada campaign associated with less overuse of thyroid testing Retrospective parallel cohort study. November 2019. Canadian Family Physician. 65 (11) e487-e496.

Spithoff S, Meaney C, Urbanoski K, Harrington K, Que B, Kahan M, Leece P, Shehadeh V, Sullivan F. Opioid agonist therapy during residential treatment of opioid use disorder: Cohort study on access and outcomes. Can Fam Physician. 2019 Oct;65(10):e443-e45

Rigobon AV, Kalia S, Nichols J, Aliarzadeh B, Greiver M, Moineddin R, Sullivan F, Yu C. Impact of the Diabetes Canada Guideline dissemination strategy on dispensed vascular protective medications for older patients in Ontario, Canada: a linked EMR and administrative data study. October 2019. BMC Health Services Research. 43(7)S40.

Persaud N, Bedard M, Boozary A, Glazier RH, Gomes T, Hwang S, Juni P, Law MR, Mamdani M, Manns B, Martin D, Morgan SG, Oh P, Pinto AD, Shah BR, Sullivan F, Thorpe KE, Tu K, Laupacis A. Effects of distributing essential medications at no charge: The CLEAN Meds Randomized Clinical Trial. October 2019. JAMA Internal Medicine.4472. .;. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.4472

Ford E, Boyd A, Havard A, Aldridge R.W, Curcin V, Greiver M, Harron K, Katikireddi V, Rodgers S.E, Sperrin M. Our data, our society, our health: A vision for inclusive and transparent health data science in the United Kingdom and beyond. 2019 Jul. 3(3), e1019, Learn Health Syst. Co-author

Liu S, Singer M, McAlister F, Peeler W, Heran BS, Drummond N, Manca D, Allan MG, Korownyk C, Kolber M, Greiver M, Garrison S. Quality of warfarin management in primary care: Determining the stability of international normalized ratios using a nationally representative prospective cohort. June 12 2019. 65: e1-e9 Canadian Family Physician. 65:416-25. PMID: 31189630

Su M, Haldane V, Upshur R, Sullivan F, Légaré F, Greiver M, Wei X. The Impact of Treatment Adherence for Patients with Diabetes and Hypertension on Cardiovascular Disease Risk: Protocol for a Retrospective Cohort Study, 2008-2018. May 31 2019. JMIR Research Protocol. doi: 10.2196/13571.

Greiver M, Dahrouge S, O’Brien P, Lussier MT, Wang J, Burge F, Grandy M, Singer A, Twohig M, Moeineddin R, Kalia S, Aliarzadeh B, Ivers N, Garies S, Turner JP, Farrell B. Improving care for elderly patients living with polypharmacy: protocol for a pragmatic cluster randomized trial in community based primary care practices in Canada. June 6 2019. Implementation Science.

Tu K, Greiver M, Kidd MR, Upshur R, Mullin A, Medeiros H, Krueger P, Aliarzadeh B, Alleyne JMK, Bourgeois C, Chen T, Dawson D, Fleming K, Forte M, Freeman R, Fung A, Jaakkimainen RL, Kiran T, Letovsky E, Lofters A, Makanda F, Meaney C, Melemad O, Myers J, O’Brien T, Persaud N, Pinto AD, Rashid M, Redditt V, Rouleou K, Selby P, Smylie J, Wolfe S, Grunfeld E. The University of Toronto Family Medicine Report. April 2019. ISBN: 978-1-9990809-0-7

Willison DJ, Trowbridge J, Greiver M, Keshavjee K, Mumford D, Sullivan F. Participatory governance over research in an academic research network: the case of Diabetes Action Canada. BMJ Open. April 2019 20;9(4): e026828. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2018-026828

Ford E, Boyd A, Bowles J, Aldridge RW, Curcin V, Greiver M, Harron K, Katikireddi, Rodgers SE, Sperrin M. Our data, our society, our health: A vision for inclusive and transparent health data science in the United Kingdom and beyond. March 25 2019. e10191. Learning Health Systems.

Wales J, Kalia S, Moineddin R, Hussain A. The impact ofsocioeconomic status on place of death among patients receiving home palliative care in Toronto, Canada: a retrospective cohort study. June 16 2019. Journal of Palliative Care. 16:825859719855020. doi: 10.1177/0825859719855020

Greiver M, Kalia S, Voruganti T, Aliarzadeh B, Moeineddin R, Hinton W, Dawes M, Sullivan F, Syed S, Williams J, De Lusignan S. Trends in end digit preference for blood pressure and associations with cardiovascular outcomes in Canadian and UK primary care: a retrospective observational study. January 24 2019. BMJ Open. 24;9(1):e024970. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024970.

Rigobon AV, Kalia S, Nichols J, Aliarzadeh B, Greiver M, Moineddin R, Sullivan F, Yu C. Impact of the Diabetes Canada Guideline Dissemination Strategy on the Prescription of Vascular Protective Medications: A Retrospective Cohort Study, 2010-2015. January 2019. Diabetes Care. 42(1):148-156.42(1):148-156. doi: 10.2337/dc18-0935.


Wintemute K, Greiver M, McIsaac W, DelGiudice ME, Sullivan FM, Aliarzadeh B, Kalia S, Meaney C, Moineddin R, Singer A. Choosing Wisely Canada campaign associated with less overuse of thyroid testing: a retrospective parallel cohort study. CFP MFC – submitted Sep 2018

UTOPIAN by CFP's Editor, Dr. Pimlott in his editorial: "As an academic family physician at the University of Toronto in Ontario, I am part of a practice-based research network, UTOPIAN,1 which has access to data about my practice and which sends me quarterly reports about my patient demographic characteristics and some key aspects of the care that I provide."

Greiver M, Sullivan F, Kalia S, Aliarzadeh B, Sharma D, Bernard S, Meaney C, Moineddin R, Eisen D, Rahman N, D'urzo A. Agreement between hospital and primary care on diagnostic labeling for COPD and heart failure in Toronto, Canada: a cross-sectional observational study. npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine. 2018 Mar 9;28(1):9. doi: 10.1038/s41533-018-0076-8PubMed

Chu GWC, Lazare K, Sullivan FM. Serum and blood based biomarkers for lung cancer screening: a systematic review. BMC Cancer. 2018 Feb 13;18(1):181. doi: 10.1186/s12885-018-4024-3.PubMed

Kalia S, Greiver M, Zhao X, Meaney C, Moineddin R, Aliarzadeh B, Grunfeld E, Sullivan F. Would you like to add a weight after this blood pressure, doctor? Discovery of potentially actionable associations between the provision of multiple screens in primary care.J Eval Clin Pract. 2018 Jan 19. doi: 10.1111/jep.12877.PubMed



Sullivan FM, O’Brian MA, Carson A, Siddiqui R, Syed S, Paszat L. Piloting electronic screening forms in primary care: findings from a mixed methods study to identify patients eligible for low dose CT lung cancer screening. BMC Fam Pract. 2017; 18: 95. Published online 2017 Nov 28. doi: 10.1186/s12875-017-0666-5 PMCID: PMC5704529 PubMed

Coons MJ, Greiver M, Aliarzadeh B, Meaney C, Moineddin R, Williamson T, Queenan J, Yu CH, White DG, Kiran T, Kane JJ. Is glycemic control in Canadians with diabetes individualized? A cross sectional observational study using CPCSSN data. BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2017 Jun 8;5(1):e000316. doi: 10.1136/bmjdrc-2016-000316. eCollection 2017. PubMed

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 Fem Med AFM-408-16 Version 2 Ann Fam Med. 2017 Mar;15(2):124-130. doi: 10.1370/afm.2038. PubMed

Sullivan FM, Farmer E, Mair FS, Treweek S, Kendrick D, Jackson C, Robertson C, Briggs A, McCowan C, Bedford L, Young B, Vedhara K, Gallant S, Littleford R, Robertson J, Sewell H, Dorward A, Sarvesvaran J, Schembri S. Detection in blood of autoantibodies to tumour antigens as a case-finding method in lung cancer using the EarlyCDT®-Lung Test (ECLS): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. BMC Cancer. 2017 Mar 11;17(1):187. doi: 10.1186/s12885-017-3175-yTop of Form PubMed

Greiver M. Les extracteurs de données de DME.

Gagyor I, Sullivan FM, Madhok V. A young woman with recent one-sided facial paralysis. CMAJ. (reference no. CMAJ-16-0108.R1)

Birtwhisle R, Greet M, Frymire E, Dahrouge S, Whitehead M, Khan S, Greiver M, Glazier R. Hospital admission rates and emergency department use in relation to glycated hemoglobin in people with diabetes mellitus: a linkage study using electronic medical record and administrative data in Ontario. CMAJ Open. 2017 Jul 11;5(3):E557-E564. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20170017. PubMed

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 PubMed

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. PubMed

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. 88 (2017) 113-121 PubMed

Loo CKJ, 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;7: e013889. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013889 PubMed

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 Can J Diet Pract Res. 2017 Sep 1;78(3):137-140 doi: 10.3148/cjdpr-2017-006. PubMed

Greiver M. Discusses audit and feedback using EMR data to improve practice. Le Médecin du Québec, volume 52, numéro 7, juillet 2017       

Weir-McCall JR, Fitzgerald K, Papagiorcopulo CJ, Gandy SJ, Lambert M, Belch JJF, Cavin I, Littleford R, Macfarlane JA, Matthew SZ, Nicholas RS, Struthers AD, Sullivan FM, Waugh SA, White RD, Houston JG. Prevalence of unrecognized myocardial infarction in a low–intermediate risk asymptomatic cohort and its relation to systemic atherosclerosis European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Imaging (2017) Jun 1;18(6):657-662.PubMed

Sullivan F, Farmer E, Mair FS, Treweek S, Kendrick D, Jackson C, Robertson C, Briggs A, McCowan C, Bedford L, Young B, Vedhara K, Gallant S, Littleford R, Robertson J, Sewell H, Dorward A, Sarvesvaran J, Schembri S. Detection in blood of autoantibodies to tumour antigens as a case-finding method in lung cancer using the EarlyCDT®-Lung Test (ECLS): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. BMC Cancer (2017) 17:187 DOI 10.1186/s12885-017-3175-y PubMed

Babl FE, Mackay M, Borland ML, Herd D, Kochar A1, Hort J, Rao A, Cheek JA, Furyk , Barrow L, George S, Zhang M, Gardiner K, Lee KJ, Davidson A, Berkowitz R, Sullivan F, Porrello E, Dalziel KM, Anderson V, Oakley E, Hopper S, Williams F, Wilson C, Williams A, Dalziel SR; PREDICT (Paediatric Research In Emergency Departments International Collaborative) research network. Bell's Palsy in Children (BellPIC): protocol for a multicentre, placebo-controlled randomized trial. BMC Pediatr. 2017 Feb 13;17(1):53. PubMed

Dorward A, Frances Mair F, Sullivan S, Vedhara K, Kendrick D, Treweek S, McCowan C, McConnachie A, Sproule M, Briggs A, Ritchie L, Milroy R, Taylor T, Littleford R, Brewster D, Schembri S. A randomised controlled study of lung cancer screening in Scotland using the detection of autoantibodies to tumour antigens (earlycdt-lung test). Thorax 2016 71: A78-A79    

McKinstry B, Sullivan FM, Vasishta S, Armstrong R, Hanley J, Haughley J, Philip S, Smith BH, Wood A, Palmer CAN. Cohort profile: the Scottish Research register SHARE. A register of people interested in research participation linked to NHS data sets. BMJ Open 2017; 7:e013351. PubMed

McSweeney L, O’Hara J, Rousseau N, Stocken D, Sullivan FM, Vale L, Wilkes S, Wilson J, Haighton K. COA-2015-0574.R1: “Thinking that somebody’s going to delay [a tonsillectomy] for one to two years is quite horrifying really”: A qualitative feasibility study for the NAtional Trial of Tonsillectomy IN Adults (NATTINA Part 2). Clin Otolaryngology. 2017 Jun;42(3):578-583. doi: 10.1111/coa.12781. Epub 2016 Nov 10. PMID: 27862965, PubMed

Somasundara D, Sullivan F. Management of Bell’s palsy. Aust Prescr. 2017 Jun;40(3):94-97. doi: 10.18773/austprescr.2017.030. Epub 2017 Jun 1. PubMed



Terry AL, Stewart M, Fortin M, Wong S, Grava-Gubins I, Ashley L, Sullivan-Taylor P, Sullivan F, Zucker L, Thind A. 2016. Stepping Up to the Plate: An Agenda for Research and Policy Action on Electronic Medical Records in Canadian Primary Health Care. Healthcare Policy. 12(2):19-31.PubMed

Weir-McCall JR, Yeap PM, Papagiorcopulo C, Firzgerald K, Gandy SJ, Lambert M, Belch JJF, Cavin I, Littleford R, Macfarlane JA, Matthew SZ, Nicholas RS, Struthers AD, Sullivan FM, Waugh SA, White RD, Houston G. Left Ventricular Noncompaction Anatomical Phenotype or Distinct Cardiomyopathy? J of American college of Cardiology 68(20):2016 h t t p://d x PubMed

Madhok VB, Gagyor I, Daly F, Somasundara D, Sullivan M, Gammie F, Sullivan F. Corticosteroids for Bell’s palsy (idiopathic facial paralysis). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD001942. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001942.pub5.PubMed

Sullivan F, McKinstry B, Palmer C. Opt-in method is vital for data sharing. BMJ 2016; 354:i4293. PubMed

Cooper S-A, Ademola T, Caslake M, Douglas E, et al. Towards onset prevention of cognition decline in adults with Down syndrome (The TOP-COG study): A pilot randomised controlled trial. Trials 2016; 17:370. DOI 10.1186/s13063-016-1370-9. PubMed

Meaney C, Moineddin R, Voruganti T, O'Brien MA, Krueger P, Sullivan F. Text mining describes the use of statistical and epidemiological methods in published medical research. J Clin Epidemiol. 2016 Jun;74:124-32. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2015.10.020. Epub 2015 Dec 19. PubMed

Mole DJ, Gungabissoon U, Johnston P, et al. Identifying risk factors for progression to critical care admission and death among individuals with acute pancreatitis: a record linkage analysis of Scottish healthcare databases. BMJ Open 2016; 6:e011474. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011474. PubMed

Gandy SJ, Lambert M, Belch J, Cavin I, Crowe E, Littleford R, MacFarlane JA, Matthew SZ, Martin P, Nicholas RS, Struthers A, Sullivan F, Waugh SA, White RD, Weir-McCall JR, Houston JG. 3T MRI investigation of cardiac left ventricular structure and function in a UK population: The tayside screening for the prevention of cardiac events (TASCFORCE) study. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2016 Nov;44(5):1186-1196. doi: 10.1002/jmri.25267 PubMed

Greiver M, Keshavjee K, Dattani N, Melady D, Goel R, Allan GM. Dangerous ideas: Top 4 proposals presented at Family Medicine Forum. Can Fam Physician. 2016 Feb 1;62(2):120-1.PubMed

Francis NA, Ridd MJ, Thomas-Jones E, Shepherd V, Butler CC, Hood K, et al. A randomised placebo-controlled trial of oral and topical antibiotics for children with clinically infected eczema in the community: the ChildRen with Eczema, Antibiotic Management (CREAM) study. Health Technol Assess 2016;20(19).PubMed

Bharathi R, Sullivan F, Aliarzadeh B, Greiver M (2016) Validation of Identification of Bell’s palsy Cases in Canadian Primary Care EMR Data-A Pilot Study. Ann Otolaryngol Rhinol 3(1): 1082.

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. PubMed

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

Sullivan F. Atomic data: James Mackenzie Lecture 2015. Br J Gen Pract. 2016 May;66(646):e368-70. doi: 10.3399/bjgp16X685153 PubMed



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

Leggett JA, Greiver M, Manca D, Williamson T, Martin K, Queenan J. Facilitating informatics for research using health data aggregated from EMRs across multiple jurisdictions through the implementation of a Privacy by Design privacy and information security architecture. Proceedings of the 17th international symposium for health information management. 2015 Jun 26;17:231-242.

An J, Keshavjee K, Mirza K, Vassanji K, Greiver M. Bridging a divide: architecture for a joint hospital-primary care data warehouse. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015 Jan 1;208:45-9. PubMed

Woodfield R, Grant I; UK Biobank Stroke Outcomes Group; UK Biobank Follow-Up and Outcomes Working Group, Sudlow CL. Accuracy of Electronic Health Record Data for Identifying Stroke Cases in Large-Scale Epidemiological Studies: A Systematic Review from the UK Biobank Stroke Outcomes Group. PLoS One. 2015 Oct 23;10(10):e0140533. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0140533. eCollection 2015. PubMed

McCowan C, Thomson E, Szmigielski C, Kalra D, Sullivan FM, Prokosch HU, Dugas M, Ford I. Using electronic health records to support clinical trials: A report on Stakeholder Engagement for EHR4CR. BioMed Research International PubMed

Cooper Sally-Ann, McLean Gary, Guthrie Bruce, McConnachie Alex, Mercer Stewart, Sullivan Frank, Morrison Jill. Multiple physical and mental health comorbidity in adults with intellectual disabilities: population-based cross-sectional analysis. BMC Family Practice 2015 August 27, 16:110. DOI: 10.1186/s12875-015-0329-3. PubMed

Gagyor I, Madhok VB, Daly F, Somasundara D, Sullivan M, Gammie F, Sullivan F. Antiviral treatment for Bell's palsy (idiopathic facial paralysis). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015 Jul 1;7:CD001869. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD001869.pub6 PubMed

Loudon K, Treweek S, Sullivan F, Donnan P, Thorpe KE, Zwarenstein M. The PRECIS-2 tool: designing trials that are fit for purpose.. BMJ. 2015 May 8;350:h2147. doi: 10.1136/bmj.h2147. PubMed

Rubie I, Haighton C, O'Hara J, Rousseau N, Steen N, Stocken DD, Sullivan F, Vale L, Wilkes, Wilson J. The NAtional randomised controlled Trial of Tonsillectomy IN Adults (NATTINA): a clinical and cost-effectiveness study: study protocol for a randomised control trial. Trials. 2015 Jun 6;16:263. doi: 10.1186/s13063-015-0768-0. PubMed

Gandy SJ, Lambert M, Belch JJ, Cavin ID, Crowe E, Littleford R, Macfarlane JA, Matthew SZ, Martin P, Nicholas RS, Struthers AD, Sullivan F, Waugh SA, White RD, Weir-McCall JR, Houston JG. Technical assessment of whole body angiography and cardiac function within a single MRI examination. Clin Radiol. 2015 Jun;70(6):595-603. doi: 10.1016/j.crad.2015.02.003 PubMed

Greiver M. Rebuttal: Do electronic medical records improve quality of care? No. Can Fam Physician. 2015 Oct;61(10):e436, e438 PubMed

Greiver. Do electronic medical records improve quality of care? No. Can Fam Physician. 2015 Oct;61(10):847-9, 852-3. PubMed

Greiver M, Drummond N, Birtwhistle R, Queenan J, Lambert-Lanning A, Jackson D. Using EMRs to fuel quality improvement. Can Fam Physician. 2015 Jan;61(1):92, e68-9. PubMed



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

Sullivan F. The John Bryden memorial lecture: improving health with the community health index and developments in record linkage. Inform Prim Care. 2014;21(4):156–160. PubMed

Madhok VB, Al-Shahi Salman R, Sullivan F. The GP as an investigator. Br J Gen Pract. 2014 Aug;64(625):409. doi: 10.3399/bjgp14X681037. PubMed

Cooper S , Caslake M, Evans J, Hassiotis A, Jahoda A, McConnachie A, Morrison J, Ring H, Starr J, Stiles C, Sullivan F. Toward onset prevention of cognitive decline in adults with Down syndrome (the TOP-COG study): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials 2014 15:202. PubMed

Fraser DM, Sullivan FM, Thompson AM, McCowan C. Aspirin Use and Survival After the Diagnosis of Breast Cancer: a population based cohort study. Br J Cancer 2014 doi:10.1038/bjc.2014.264 PubMed

McLernon D, Donnan PT, Sullivan FM, P Roderick P, Rosenberg WM, Ryder SD, Dillon JF. Prediction of liver disease in patients whose liver function tests have been checked in primary care: model development and validation using population-based observational cohorts. BMJ Open 2014;4:e004837. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014- 004837. PubMed

Sullivan F, Hinds A, Pitkethly M, Treweek S, Wilson P, Wyke S. Primary care research network progress in Scotland. European Journal of General Practice. 2014. (doi:10.3109/13814788.2013.879116) Primary PubMed

Conferences and Special Lectures


  • FMF 2018 - Nov 2018, Toronto ON Canada
  • NAPCRG Annual Conference - Nov 2018, Chicago, Illinois USA
  • IPDLN Conference - Sep 2018, Banff, AB Canada
  • NAPCRG PBRN Conference - Jun 2018, Bethesda, Maryland USA
  • Public Health 2018 - May 31, 2018, Toronto ON Canada
  • WONCA Conference - May 2018, Prague
  • DAC Conference - May 2018, Toronto ON Canada
  • DFCM Annual Conference - Apr 2018, Toronto ON Canada
  • Western Michigan University, School of Medicine Homer Stryker MD. Kalamazoo, MI - Feb 2018.


  • 2017 CSEM/Diabetes Canada Professional Conference & Annual Meetings - Nov 2017, Edmonton, AB Canada
  • NAPCRG PBRN Conference - Nov 2017, Montreal QC Canada
  • FMF Conference - Nov 2017, Montreal, QC Canada
  • Clinial Director Network Webinar (CDN) - Oct 2017
  • DFCM Annual Conference - Jun 2017, Toronto ON Canada
  • University of Surrey - Mar 2017, UK.
  • HPME - Mar 2017, Toronto ON Canada
  • Informatics for Health 2017 in Manchester - Mar 2017, Manchester, UK.
  • Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care - Feb 2017, Toronto ON Canada


  • TIP program, University of Toronto - Nov 2016, Toronto ON Canada
  • NAPCRG Annual Meeting - Nov 2016, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
  • FMF 2016 - Nov 2016, Vancouver BC Canada
  • FARR Institute - Aug 2016, Swansea
  • HPME - Jul 2016, Toronto, ON Canada
  • WONCA - Jun 2016, Copenhagen.
  • ICEMEN (International Conference on Community Engaged Medical Education in the North) Conference on the Move - Jun 2016, Sault St. Marie, Canada
  • Canadian Public Health Association- Jun 2016, Toronto On Canada
  • eHealth annual conference - Jun 2016, Vancouver, BC Canada
  • DFCM Annual Conference - Apr 2016, Toronto ON Canada
  • St. Michael’s Hospital Department of Family and Community Medicine Research Retreat - Apr 2016, Toronto ON Canada
  • North York General Hospital Special Grand Rounds - Mar 2016, Toronto ON Canada
  • Global Health Program - Feb 2016, Toronto ON Canada