CAFM Educational Research Alliance (CERA)

Past Survey Data by Topic

The data in this Clearinghouse was collected through surveys of members of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors, North American Primary Care Research Group, and Association of Departments of Family Medicine. The data are available to all members.

We offer the following caution and advice to anyone conducting analyses on this data:

  1. We do not monitor who has downloaded this data or for what purposes. It is possible someone else has already looked at the question you are considering. We strongly suggest you conduct a thorough literature search prior to starting your own analysis.
  2. Different organizations’ Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) will have different opinions about the need for IRB approval of secondary analysis of this data. All of the CERA surveys represented in this Clearinghouse were conducted with approval of the AAFP IRB. We suggest you check with your institution’s IRB about the need for further approval prior to doing your analysis.
  3. When using CERA data, please include this acknowledgment: This data was collected as part of a survey conducted by the CAFM Educational Research Alliance (CERA). The project was approved by the American Academy of Family Physician's Institutional Review Board.

Get answers to frequently asked questions about the CERA Data Clearinghouse.


Clinical Research Topics

  • How Family Physicians View Their Role in Patient Gun Control Counseling
    2020 General Membership Survey (not yet published)
  • Prostate Cancer Screening in Black Men
    2020 General Membership Survey (not yet published)
  • Assessment of Comfort in Addressing Elements of Immunization Counseling
    2020 General Membership Survey (not yet published)
  • Knowledge and Practices About Immediate Postpartum Long-acting Reversible Contraception 
    2016 General Membership
  • Physician Screening and Recommendations on Nicotine and Marijuana During Pregnancy
    2016 General Membership
  • Diabetes Prevention 
    2016 General Membership
  • Family Physicians’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Regarding Added Dietary Sugar 
    2016 General Membership
  • Health Disparity in African Americans 
    2014 Department Chairs
  • Management of Sickle Cell Disease 
    2013 General Membership
  • Affordable Care Act and Mandated Contraceptive Services 
    2013 General Membership
  • Baseline Physician Behaviors 
    2012 General Membership
  • Family Medicine Physicians' Attitudes and Experiences with Opioid Prescribing for the Management of Chronic Non-Malignant Pain 
    2012 General Membership
  • Family Medicine Physicians' Interactions with Overweight and Obese Patients 
    2012 General Membership

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Residency Curriculum Research Topics

Educational Resources Research Topics

Medical School Evaluation Research Topics

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Residency Policy Research Topics

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Resident Evaluation Research Topics

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