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Letters Primary care’s lost cause?

Not lost if it combines medical and social science approaches

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 26 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c462
  1. John Howie, emeritus professor of general practice1
  1. 1University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9DX
  1. john.howie00{at}

    Del Mar asks if primary care research is a lost cause.1 Two institutional realities threaten it. Firstly, medical schools must search for large sums of research money to survive. This results in restructuring of research activity and the pursuit of high earning high technology activities, neither of which fits the preferred agendas of …

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