PRIMUS research model
Research on medicine and health care utilization

Focused on population health and Translational research, the PRIMUS group is interested in primary care and health care for chronic diseases, mental disorders, perinatality and aging. Their research is based on actual patient data (clinical data, diagnostics, consultations and treatments), as well as population and environmental data (such as socio-economical and geographical environments, and accessibility to health services).

The common mission of the PRIMUS group is the advancement of scientific knowledge, the transfer of knowledge to policy makers and health care providers, the improvement of healthcare services to the patients and, in the long term, improvement of the population’s health.

In a physiological perspective, the principal goal of Professor Cohen’s research projects is to better understand the complex relationships between several biomarker networks that could be related to aging and chronic diseases. In an epidemiological and spatial approach, Professor Vanasse’s research aims to measure inequalities among sub-populations in terms of health indicators, health care utilization and treatments, as well as regional analysis of the medical workforce. Since they are based on the analysis of actual health, population and environmental data, the research results of professors Cohen and Vanasse are excellent representations of reality.

Through their research, professors Roberge, Gaboury and Hudon focus on the transfer of scientific knowledge towards health care providers and clinical practice. Professor Roberge leads projects on the implementation of strategies to improve the quality of mental health care, putting into practice an organizational model of primary care services based on a solid conceptual framework. The research projects of Professor Gaboury aim to improve the implementation and evaluation of health care programs based on inter-organizational and inter-professional collaboration. In particular, her research focuses on the optimal integration of primary and secondary care services for the prevention of fractures in the elderly.
Examples of research programs and expertises


- Health Geomatics for the study of Health inequalities
- Epidemiology, statistics, demography and matematical models
- Trials, programs implementation and evaluation
- Biological mecanisms of aging
- Improvement of quality of Primary Care for Mood and Anxiety Disorders
- Transdiagnostic cognitive behavioral therapy for patients with anxiety disordersx
- Care coordination for the prevention of fractures in elderly
- Interorganizational collaboration in the Quebec Stroke Continuum of Carec
- Care trajectories and Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions
- Frequent users of emergency with Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions
- Optimal organization of care continuum for frequent users of healthcare and social services
- Improvement of quality of care and implantation of clinical guidelines on reproductive health