As GP teams we experience the majority of patient contacts in the NHS. The increasing drive to provide care closer to home brings with it a need to boost primary-care based research to build the evidence-base underpinning the care that we provide.
Research-active organisations are proven to have improved patient outcomes, higher patient satisfaction and better workforce recruitment and retention. What’s more, there’s lots of support and funding available to help GP teams to get involved in research.
Not sure where to start? Without doubt, time and workload pressures are the biggest barriers to GP teams getting involved in research. Check out ‘Quick and easy’ for simple, minimal-effort ways to start your research journey.
‘Engage your patients’ highlights various exciting initiatives to get your patients interested and involved in research.
The ‘Research FAQs’ page provides answers to the medico-legal implications of carrying out research in your practice.
The Research and Quality Improvement Learning Community for Primary Care is for people interested in quality improvement in primary care, designing and evaluating changes, learning about and getting involved with research in primary care.
Benefits of clinical research
The video below explains the benefits of carrying out clinical research in primary care.
Read about other GP teams’ research journeys in ‘Frontline research stories’ and share yours too!
If you are interested in leading your own research, have a look at the ‘Become an academic GP’ page for more information.