Childhood emergencies

May 2010

General practice research

Training and capacity building

Volume 39, No.5, May 2010 Pages 265-266

General practice research – training and capacity buildingParker J Magin PhD, FRACGP, is Senior Lecturer, Discipline of General Practice, University of Newcastle, New South Wales

Marie Pirotta MBBS, FRACGP, PhD, is Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development Senior Research Fellow, General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre, University of Melbourne and a general practitioner, Victoria.

Emily Farrell BApHSc(IPHC), BMBS, FRACGP, is immediate past chair and a board director, General Practice Registrars Australia. She completed an academic post as part of her training.

Mieke L van Driel MD, MSc, PhD, FRACGP is Head, Discipline of General Practice, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland

The Lancet in 1999 suggested that ‘neglect of research has made primary care one of the most intellectually underdeveloped disciplines in medicine’1 and later labelled general practice research ‘a lost cause’.2 According to the Medical Journal of Australia, this underdevelopment ‘stems from a lack of research culture, a heavy service commitment and the late arrival of academic GPs’.3

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