Childhood emergencies

May 2010

General practice research

Training and capacity building

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

Parker J Magin

Marie Pirotta

Emily Farrell

Mieke van Driel

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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