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Letters UK academic general practice

Research and teaching in general practice/primary care

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 08 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4737
  1. Denis Pereira Gray, emeritus professor, University of Exeter, and consultant, St Leonard’s Research Practice, Exeter1
  1. 1Exeter EX2 4TJ, UK
  1. denis.pereiragray{at}

Campbell and colleagues note that GP academics comprise just 6.5% of all clinical academics.1 General practice is the biggest branch of medicine. It has a variety of clinical challenges that cross the physical-psychological barrier, it best integrates preventive and therapeutic care, and is best able to ameliorate socioeconomic disadvantage. The ratio of 205 full time equivalent GP academics to 32 628 full time equivalent GPs (1:159) is …

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