Building research capacity in General Practice : Incorporating research as a component of GP vocational training
Boak, R., Dunbar, J., Reddy, P., Eldon, L., Garde, M. and Trotter, B. 2008, Building research capacity in General Practice : Incorporating research as a component of GP vocational training, in GP & PHC 2008 : Abstracts of the General Practice and Primary Health Care Research Conference : Health for All?, Primary Health Care Research Information Service, [Hobart, Tas.].
GP & PHC 2008 : Abstracts of the General Practice and Primary Health Care Research Conference : Health for All?
Primary Health Care Research Information Service
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Aims & rationale/Objectives : Australian research shows that most GP registrar supervisors lack confidence to support registrar research projects and themselves have little or no research experience. Assisting registrars to develop critical thinking skills and an understanding of research methods sufficient to enable active use of these tools in general practice is one of the curriculum statements in the RACGP Training Program Curriculum. A University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) and a General Practice Education and Training (GPET) organisation formed a partnership to: Engage basic term registrars in group research and concurrent research skills training program; Improve research skills, confidence, and knowledge; and Contribute research findings relevant to general practice.
Methods : Registrars' initial research knowledge and confidence was measured by a questionnaire. In addition to a final focus group, feedback via evaluation forms was sought from the 11 registrars and two GPET supervisors at the conclusion of each research training session.
Principal findings : Approaches Implications : Research skills development training and involvement in research can be successfully integrated into a GP vocational training program.