Primary care research network progress in Scotland

Sullivan, F., Hinds, A., Pitkethly, M., Treweek, S., Wilson, P. and Wyke, S. (2014) Primary care research network progress in Scotland. European Journal of General Practice, 20(4), pp. 337-342. (doi:10.3109/13814788.2013.879116)

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Abstract

Many developed industrialized countries perceive considerable value in developing practice based research networks. In this paper, the development of the Scottish Primary Care Research Network (SPCRN) from 1924–2013 is described. After a false start in the early twentieth century and some local developments 10–15 years ago, the Scottish Primary Care Research Network was finally built upon existing networks of teaching and training practices centred on research active departments of general practice and primary care. This meant that a climate already favourable to research existed and several of the necessary skills were available. Long-term funding commitment to the network by the National Health Service meant that the infrastructure could be developed in the knowledge that it would be likely to become incorporated into wider Scottish and UK systems. Two-thirds of Scottish practices regularly participate in research at a rate of 50–60 studies each year, which result in a range of publications that influence clinical decisions and health policy. As the success of the network grows, greater demands are placed upon it, and the capacity of practices to continue to engage in research may be tested.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wyke, Professor Sally and Wilson, Dr Philip
Authors: Sullivan, F., Hinds, A., Pitkethly, M., Treweek, S., Wilson, P., and Wyke, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Public Health
Journal Name:European Journal of General Practice
Publisher:Informa Healthcare
ISSN:1381-4788
ISSN (Online):1751-1402

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