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Best research: Research originating in primary care needs support

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 23 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:491
  1. Jim Sikorski, chair (,
  2. Susan Robinson, research fellow,
  3. Martin Edwards, GP researcher
  1. Lewisham Research Unit, London SE26 4TH

    EDITOR—Pollock et al clearly summarise the problems inherent in the UK Department of Health's new research strategy.1 2 The proposed reorganisation of primary care research networks is also a concern: pharmaceutical industry representatives may have membership of key strategic groups in reorganised primary care networks and the predominant research paradigm will become the large randomised controlled trial.

    One of the clear strengths of the current networks …

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