Background 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.
Objective 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.
Discussion 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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