VITAM - Research Centre in Sustainable Health - CHU de Québec - Université Laval
First trained as an architect, France Légaré has been practising family medicine in Quebec since 1990 and is a full professor in the Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine Department at Université Laval, Quebec. She is an internationally recognized leader in shared decision making (SDM) and knowledge translation research. In 2005, she obtained her PhD in Population Health from the University of Ottawa under the supervision of Dr. Annette O’Connor. The same year, she was awarded a clinical investigator grant by the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ) for her research program entitled "Health professionals in primary care: From knowledge brokers to decision brokers." From June 2006 to May 2016, Dr. Légaré held the title of Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Implementation of Shared Decision Making in Primary Care. Since June 1st 2016, she has held the title of Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Shared Decision Making and Knowledge Translation. She was also the Canadian Cochrane Network Site representative at Université Laval (the CHU de Québec Research Centre) from 1999 to 2013 and, from 2013-15, its inaugural scientific director. She now acts as its scientific co-director. She is a clinical researcher at VITAM Centre de recherche en santé durable and at the Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec, Université Laval. Dre Légaré supervises students at all levels: 25 postdoctoral fellows (15 hold scholarships), 9 doctoral students (5 scholarships) and 37 Masters (13 scholarships). She is also mentor 16 young researchers (10 scholarships). She is nominated PI/co-PI on 47 grants (˃$48 M) and Co-I on 62 grants (˃$57 M) for a total of ˃$105 M in the past 7 years. She has published more than 423 peer-reviewed papers, with 400 PubMed indexed; my h-index is 80 with ˃34 661 citations (Google Scholar). 2017-2018-2019-2021, she have been listed annually as one of the top 1% most cited scientists (https://hcr.clarivate.com/), indicating that her work has been repeatedly judged by her peers to be of notable significance and utility. Dre Légaré was named Grande Québécoise in the health sector by the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Québec (CCIQ), 2022 edition, which recognizes the exceptional merit of people who have distinguished themselves throughout their careers and who contribute to the dynamism and growth of Quebec society, she is 2020 recipient of Dr. Léo-Paul Landry Medal of Service awarded to a CMA member who has made exceptional contributions to the advancement of health care in Canada and recipient of the 2020 AFMC President’s Award for Exemplary National Leadership in Academic Medicine from the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada. Her research program aims to implement shared decision making in clinical practice with a focus on home care and prenatal screening programs. In addition to SDM, primary care and knowledge translation, she is also an expert in implementation science and scale-up science. With her colleagues, she has developed several SDM interventions for various contexts and trained a large number of healthcare professionals. For example, she has trained more than 270 family physicians in SDM and optimal use of antibiotics for acute respiratory infections. More recently, she trained more than 600 healthcare professionals in an interprofessional approach to SDM in home care. Lastly, her team was the first to create an online inventory of SDM training programs which is updated on a regular basis.
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