Journal article

Leaders, leadership and future primary care clinical research

John Furler, Jennifer Cleland, Chris Del Mar, Barbara Hanratty, Umesh Kadam, Daniel Lasserson, Colin McCowan, Parker Magin, Caroline Mitchell, Nadeem Qureshi, Greta Rait, Nick Steel, Mieke van Driel, Alison Ward

BMC FAMILY PRACTICE | BMC | Published : 2008


BACKGROUND: A strong and self confident primary care workforce can deliver the highest quality care and outcomes equitably and cost effectively. To meet the increasing demands being made of it, primary care needs its own thriving research culture and knowledge base. METHODS: Review of recent developments supporting primary care clinical research. RESULTS: Primary care research has benefited from a small group of passionate leaders and significant investment in recent decades in some countries. Emerging from this has been innovation in research design and focus, although less is known of the effect on research output. CONCLUSION: Primary care research is now well placed to lead a broad re-vit..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Each of the authors was supported by their own academic department to travel to the Brisbane Initiative meeting. When MvD attended the meeting she was supported by the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, Ghent University, Belgium; The Department of Primary Health Care, the University of Oxford hosted the residential meeting in Oxford in September 2007 and received support from the UK National Co-ordinating Centre for Research Capacity Development and the National School for Primary Care Research. The authors are grateful to Kurt Stange, Marie Pirotta and Jane Gunn for helpful comments on an earlier version of this manuscript. JF acknowledges support from the Australian Department of Health and Ageing Primary Care Research and Evaluation Program for a mid-career Fellowship, as well as support from the Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Clinical Sciences in Diabetes in Melbourne.