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Prospects for general practice research are bright despite research assessment exercise

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 16 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:194
  1. Tony Kendrick, Professor of primary medical care,
  2. John Campbell, Senior lecturer in general practice,
  3. David Armstrong, Reader in medical sociology
  1. University of Southampton, Aldermoor Health Centre, Southampton SO16 5ST
  2. Department of General Practice of Guy's, King's, and St Thomas's Medical School, London SE11 6SP

    EDITOR—Medical academic staff have protested that the Higher Education Funding Councils' research assessment exercise is unjust, emphasises research at the expense of teaching, and is damaging medical schools. 1 2 The effects on particular disciplines, however, are not apparent in publications from the councils, which relate to units of assessment and institutions rather than individual departments.

    To assess the effects of 1996's research assessment exercise on university departments of general practice we surveyed all 27heads of department in the United Kingdom at the end of 1997, asking …

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