Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 39, Issue 12, December 2010

Fostering registrar research A model to overcome barriers

Taryn Elliott Moira McCaul Caroline Laurence
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Research and critical thinking are essential skills for general practitioners. However, evidence indicates that GPs tend to lack confidence in their research ability. Regional training providers can address this by integrating primary care research education and skills development into their general practice training programs.
The Adelaide to Outback GP Training Program developed a model that aims to overcome existing barriers to GP research and to promote a research culture across the organisation. It includes a research and critical thinking program for all registrars, a support structure for registrars wanting to extend their research expertise, and an organisational structure to promote and support research for registrars as well as throughout the organisation.
Since the implementation of the model there has been an increase in the frequency and quality of research outcomes at the Adelaide to Outback GP Training Program.

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