Research Article

The academic base for general practice: the case for change.

BMJ 1993; 307 doi: (Published 18 September 1993) Cite this as: BMJ 1993;307:719
  1. J Allen,
  2. A Wilson,
  3. R Fraser,
  4. D P Gray
  1. Countesthorpe Health Centre, Leicester.


    University departments of general practice and the postgraduate education system for general practice have developed separately over the past 30 years. This separation is now impeding the academic development of the discipline and causes difficulties with recruitment and career progression. These problems could be eased by the creation of integrated departments. This would establish a critical mass for research and educational development, allow human and other resources to be used more flexibly and effectively, and provide a strong base for undergraduate education, vocational training, higher professional training, and continuing education. It could encourage collaborative ventures with other disciplines and also lead to higher standards of patient care.