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Putting research into primary care practice

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 05 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d3922
  1. Frede Olesen, professor
  1. 1Research Unit for General Practice, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Bartholins Allé 2, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
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The European initiative is a good start, but excludes too many patients and crucial aspects of primary care

The European Medical Research Council and European Science Foundation recently published a strategic report in its series of “Current Forward Looks” entitled Implementation of Medical Research in Clinical Practice.1 The collaboration has previously published two strategic reports on the ways forward for basic biological research and for investigator driven clinical trials.1 By suggesting a strategy on the use of research in practice, it now intends to close the loop. The strategy holds much potential for improving the quality of clinical practice and clinically oriented health services research.

The report has three main strengths: firstly, it takes strategy and policy to the level of specific recommendations for improving the quality of clinical research; secondly, it presents a strong case for the implementation of good research; and, thirdly, it gives special attention to the particular problems encountered in general practice.

The report proposes that the quality of clinical research could be improved by closer national and European coordination of independent funding of larger projects, …

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