COPE – a qualitative study of the social organization
of primary care for patients with chronic pain.


COPE – a qualitative study of the social organization
of primary care for patients with chronic pain.


COPE – a qualitative study of the social organization
of primary care for patients with chronic pain.


COPE – a qualitative study of the social organization
of primary care for patients with chronic pain.


COPE – a qualitative study of the social organization
of primary care for patients with chronic pain.


COPE – a qualitative study of the social organization
of primary care for patients with chronic pain.


The COPE Team
The core COPE team consists of PhD medical sociologist Fiona Webster (Principal Investigator), and PhD medical anthropologist Kathleen Rice (Co-Investigator) and several multi-disciplinary investigators. Professor Webster is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), University of Toronto, and Dr. Rice is a Postdoctoral Fellow under Professor Webster’s supervision.  Follow this link to for more information on Dr. Webster, Dr. Rice, and the wider COPE team.
Publications and Conferences
COPE research findings have been disseminated through a range of scholarly forums.
What is Institutional Ethnography (IE)?
IE is a particular approach to sociology developed by Dorothy Smith. While its data collection methods are similar to other ethnographic designs, involving observations and in-depth interviews, it is based on several key ontological assumptions about how our lives are socially organized by texts.
COPE is a CIHR funded ethnographic study designed to identify the complex patient with chronic pain from the standpoint of primary care health professionals, and to ground our investigation in their accounts of the work that caring for complex patients entails.