Participate in Primary Research

Patient experiences of naturopathic medicine at community clinics

Naturopathic medicine promotes the prevention of disease which in turn can indirectly lower the cost of provincial health care by lowering the rates of medical appointments, pharmaceutical medications, and other interventions that may be accessed as a result of chronic health conditions. 20% of Ontarians, accounting for almost 2 million people, do not have a family physician; this number is expected to grow in the coming years, with racialized communities living in low-income neighbourhoods being the most impacted. This allows for a unique opportunity for other healt-hcare practitioners trained as primary care providers, such as naturopathic doctors, to help fill in the gaps. By providing access to free and accessible naturopathic care and establishing naturopathic doctors as a mainstay in integrated primary care settings, Ontario can lessen the burden of cost and resources for hospitals and walk-in clinics. However little research has been conducted to understand the experiences of patients accessing naturopathic care at integrated primary care settings such as community health centers. This study will explore the impact naturopathic medicine has on patients accessing care in community health settings.

Participant responsibilities:

Complete one online questionnaire.
Inclusion criteria:
  • A patient at the Parkdale Queen West CHC (Parkdale or Queen West sites) or Sherbourne Health naturopathic clinic
  • Have had at least 3 naturopathic appointments
  • Willing to complete one survey about your experiences at the clinic
  • Ability to read and answer questions in English or willing to have assistance

Location of study:

Parkdale Queen West CHC and Sherbourne Health naturopathic clinics


One survey (approx. 10-15 minutes)


Participants will not receive any honorarium for their participation.




Dr. Cyndi Gilbert ND: