Howard Bergman

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howard.bergman [at] mcgill.ca
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howard.bergman [at] mcgill.ca (Dr. Howard Bergman, MD, FCFP, FRCPC)

Chair, Dept. of Family Medicine

Professor of Family Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Oncology, McGill University

Research Interests: The main thrust of Dr. Bergman’s work in health services research and policy has been on aging, chronic disease and frailty and on the promotion of primary care in general and primary medical care in particular. In the fields of aging, chronic disease, frailty and health services, Dr. Bergman was from 1999-2009 co founder and co-Director of Solidage. From 1999-2002, he was one 2 principal investigators in the development and evaluation of a randomized controlled trial - the SIPA model of integrated care for the frail elderly population. His work on integrated care for very frail older persons is recognized internationally in both academic, policy and government circles. Dr. Bergman led a group of Canadian and international investigators in the Canadian Initiative on Frailty and Ageing and leads the International Database Inquiry on Frailty. He is internationally recognized for his research on integrated care, frailty and chronic disease with over 170 publications as well as numerous reports and book chapters. Dr Bergman, with Dr. Isabelle Vedel created The Canadian Team for healthcare services/system improvement in dementia care, a multidisciplinary team involving stakeholders dedicated to the evaluation and implementation of initiatives to improve the capacity of primary care to diagnose and treat older persons with Alzheimer’s disease, and their caregivers including a distinguished international advisory board from five high and middle-income countries.

In 2000-2001, Dr. Bergman was a member of the “Clair Commission”, an independent Commission set up by the Quebec government to propose reforms to the health care system. His work in that Commission was instrumental in the recommendation on primary care reform. He is recognized as the «author» of the recommendation on the creation of Family Medicine Groups (GMF). Appointed by the Quebec Minister of Health in 2007, Dr. Bergman tabled in 2009 a proposal for the Quebec Alzheimer Plan (known in Quebec as the Bergman Plan) from prevention to end of life care, including the research agenda. He is now working with the Quebec Ministry of Health in the implementation of the plan. In 2010, Dr. Bergman was a member of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Expert Panel on improving chronic disease outcomes through health system transformation which in 2010 tabled its report: Transforming Care for Canadians with Chronic Health Conditions: Put People First, Expect the Best and Manage for Results. In 2010, he chaired the Initiative for the Development of a Personalized Health Care Strategy for Quebec bringing together university researchers, industry, health system managers and government. He co-authored the report Ensuring that Québec capitalizes on the development of Personalized HealthCare; A Business proposal by the Quebec Network for Personalized Healthcare.

Keywords: Primary healthcare; health services research and policy; aging; chronic disease and frailty; Alzheimer's Disease

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