Primary care offers huge potential for research. This setting is an area of knowledge that must expand to improve the quality of its services and patients’ health. Population-based clinical studies with a focus on health promotion and primary, secondary and tertiary disease prevention offer unique research opportunities. Developing research in the biopsychosocial model of clinical practice and new models of integrated healthcare and community care is therefore a priority. The framework and activities carried out by the Research Network in Preventive Activities and Health Promotion have been instrumental in the development of research in primary care in Spain. Despite the efforts invested by various institutions, foundations, teaching and research departments in primary care research, the projected outputs in terms of volume, quality and impact have not been achieved. The involvement of primary care professionals in research platforms is insufficient, with scarce contribution toward investment in specific primary care research projects. To change the current status of research in primary care, a number of measures are required, namely, the consolidation of research organisms specific to primary care with adequate allocation of funding and staff, and the allocation of specific time for research to primary care professionals to enable them to produce significant projects and consolidate established research lines in their areas of expertise, with applications mainly in quality improvement and innovation of primary care services.
Primary health care; Research; Family medicine
Violán-Fors C, Grandes-Odriozola G, Zabaleta-del-Olmo E, Gavilán-Moral E. La investigación en atención primaria como área de conocimiento. Informe SESPAS 2012. Gac Sanit. 2012;26(S1):76–81.
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