North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) is the world's largest organization devoted to research in family medicine, primary care and related fields, including epidemiology, behavioral sciences, and health services research.

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NAPCRG (pronounced "Nap-Crag") provides a forum for presenting new knowledge to guide improvement, redesign and transformation of primary care.

Founded in 1972 by Dr. Maurice Wood and 50 researchers from USA and Canada, NAPCRG was organized as a bi-national, inter-disciplinary, generalist organization. Incorporated in 1975 in Virginia as a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, executive services were provided by the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Va, and since 1995 by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine in Leawood, Kansas, USA.

The governance structure reflects NAPCRG's commitment to inclusion, with representatives from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CPFC) Section of Researchers, American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), community-based clinicians, international members, students, residents and research fellows.

Its mission statement declares: "NAPCRG is a volunteer association of members committed to producing and disseminating new knowledge from all disciplines relevant to primary care. NACPRG has bi-national governance (US-Canada) and international research vision and outreach. NAPCRG's Annual Meeting is the premier international forum for presenting new knowledge in primary care and advances in research methodology. NAPCRG is committed to a nurturing, informative and inspiring environment for all members."

NAPCRG has lead in developing practice-based research networks of regional, national and international scope.

In 1979, it started the Ambulatory Sentinel Practice Network (ASPN) with support from the Rockefeller and Kellogg Foundations. Since 2012, NAPCRG has hosted the Practice-Based Research Networks Conference in Bethesda, MD, USA, with support from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Past Presidents of NAPCRG

M.Normal Oliver, MD, MA

2017-2018

Bill Hogg, Hons, BSc, MSc, MCISc, MD, CCFP, FCFP

2016-2017

Jennifer DeVoe, MD, DPhil

2015-2016

Rick Glazier, MD, MPH

2013-2015

Frank deGruy, MD

2011-2013

Jeannie Haggerty, PhD

2009-2011

Allen Dietrich, MD

2007-2009

Perry Dickinson, MD

2005-2007

Moira Stewart, MD

2003-2005

Kurt Stange, MD, PhD

2001-2003

Ann C. Macaulay, MD, CCFP

1999-2001

Larry A. Green, MD

1997-1999

William R. Phillips, MD, MPH

1995-1997

Kenneth G. Reeb, MD

1993-1995

Walter W. Rosser, MD

1991-1993

Carol Herbert, MD, CCFP

1987-1989

Christopher Shank, MD

1985-1987

Richard Kirkwood, MD

1983-1985

Maurice Wood, MD

1972-1983

A Tribute to Our Founder

Maurice M Wood

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