Chronic heart failure

December 2010


Fostering registrar research

A model to overcome barriers

Volume 39, No.12, December 2010 Pages 963-968

Taryn Elliott

Caroline Laurence

Moira McCaul


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.

It is essential that general practitioners have the skills to critically appraise research as well as the capacity to apply the findings in order to improve patient outcomes.1 General practitioners need access to primary care based research that answers practical clinical questions encountered in daily practice.2 Therefore, it is important that they are able to conduct and publish research in their specialty.

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