Barriers and facilitators to primary care research: views of GP trainees and trainers

Stephenson, Sarah, Tang, Eugene Yee Hing, Williams, Penny, Allan, Hilary, Rouse, John, Burton, Morag, Wroe, Caroline, Bellamy, Richard and Hesselgreaves, Hannah (2022) Barriers and facilitators to primary care research: views of GP trainees and trainers. BJGP Open. BJGPO.2021.0099. ISSN 2398-3795 (In Press)

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Background: Primary care plays an important role in the conception and delivery of transformational research but GP engagement lacks, prompting calls for the promotion of academic opportunities in primary care.

Aim: To identify potential barriers and facilitators amongst GP trainees and trainers in primary care research to inform support given by Local Clinical Research Networks (LCRNs).

Design & setting: A cross sectional online survey was developed and distributed by the CRN to GP trainees and trainers in the North East and North West.

Method: The survey covered areas including demographics, career intentions, current and potential engagement with research as well as their general understanding of research in primary care, that included barriers and facilitators to primary care research.

Results: Trainees had low intentionality to pursue research and half of trainees did not engage with any research activity. Despite 1 in five trainees reporting intentions to include research in their career, only 1% would undertake a solely academic career. Medical school region is the only strongly associated factor with academic career intention. Just under 30% of trainers reported engagement in research, but far fewer (8.6%) were interested in contributing to research, and only 10% felt prepared to mentor in research.

Conclusion: Among trainees, there is limited engagement in, and intentionality to pursue research and this is crucially reflected by responses from trainers. This study identifies the need for LCRN’s to assist with training in research mentoring and skills, funding opportunities and to develop resources to promote research in primary care.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Continuing professional development, Postgraduate education
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2022 10:39
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022 10:45

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