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International Perspectives on Primary Care Research

1st Edition

Edited by Felicity Goodyear-Smith, Bob Mash

CRC Press

255 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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International Perspectives on Primary Care Research examines how the evidence base from primary care research can strengthen health care services and delivery, tackle the growing burden of disease, improve quality and safety, and increase a person-centred focus to health care.

Demonstrating the inter-professional nature of the discipline, the book also features a section on cross-nation organisations and primary care networks supporting research. National perspectives are offered from researchers in 20 countries that form part of the World Organization of Family Doctors, providing case histories from research-rich to resource-poor nations that illustrate the range of research development and capacity building.

This book argues the importance of primary care research, especially to policy makers, decision makers and funders in informing best practice, training primary health care providers and achieving equitable distribution of care.


"This book takes a different approach to research, focusing that what research is valued in one region, specialty and subspecialty research, may not have the same value in another because different regions/nations have different primary care research needs. This is an extraordinarily important book for policy makers, philanthropists, nongovernmental organizations, and governments of all sizes." - Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP(Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences), Doody Enterprises

Table of Contents



Felicity Goodyear-Smith

The History of Primary Care Research

Felicity Goodyear-Smith

The Nature of Primary Care Research

John Beasley, Andrew Bazemore and Bob Mash

Who Conducts Primary Care Research?

Bob Mash

Effective Patient Involvement in Research: Why, Who and How?

Amanda Howe

Primary Care Research in the Digital Age: Unleashing the Power of Electronic Patient Records

Jim Warren




Bob Mash

Tackling the Burden of Disease with Primary Care Research

David Mant

How Primary Care Research Blends with Evidence-Based Medicine to Assist with Translation and Implementation of Evidence into Practice

Felicity Goodyear-Smith

How Primary Care Research Contributes to Improving the Quality and Safety of Healthcare

Carl de Wet

Making Healthcare More Person-Centred: How Primary Care Research Can Help Bring in the Human and Patient Perspective

Christos Lionis and Elena Petelos

The Contribution of Primary Care Research to Improving Health Services

Dee Mangin

Financing, Leadership, Governance and Primary Care Health Systems Research

Luisa M. Pettigrew

The Contribution of Primary Care Research to Education, Training and Development of the Primary Healthcare Workforce

Wim Peersman and Jan De Maeseneer




Bob Mash

Primary Care Research: How to Put Local Priorities into a World Led by Global Funding

Leslie London

Primary Healthcare and International Development Assistance

Robert John Fryatt

Primary Care Research Funding in the UK

Clare J. Taylor and Richard Hobbs

Critique of Current Health Research Funding Models in Australia

Terry Findlay and Emma Broadbent

Research and Primary Healthcare – Health Systems Strengthening in Partner Countries from a European Perspective

Kevin McCarthy




Felicity Goodyear-Smith

Cross-Nation Organisations

North American Primary Care Research Group

William R. Phillips

Society for Academic Primary Care

Joanne Reeve


Jan De Maeseneer

Australasian Association of Academic Primary Care

Nick Zwar

Primary Care Research Networks


Andrew Bazemore

Primary Care Practice-Based Research Networks

Rebecca A. Roper

International Federation of Primary Care Research Network

Christos Lionis

European General Practice Research Network

Mehmet Ungan

International Implementation Research Network in Primary Health Care

Chris Van Weel

Latin American Network for Research in Family Medicine

Jacqueline Ponzo, Thiago Trindade, Jose M Ramirez Aranda, Sandro Rodrigues Batista and Sergio Minué




Bob Mash and Felicity Goodyear-Smith

Europe Region

Primary Care Research in the UK

Tony Kendrick

Primary Care Research in Denmark

Per Kallestrup

Primary Care Research in Spain

Sergio Minué

Primary Care Research in Turkey

Mehmet Akman

Eastern Mediterranean Region

Primary Care Research in Israel

Khaled Karkabi

Primary Care Research in the Kingdom of Bahrain

Faisal Abdullatif Alnasir

South Asia Region

Primary Care Research in India

Raman Kumar

Primary Care Research in Pakistan

Tabinda Ashfaq

Asia Pacific Region

Primary Care Research in China

William Wong

Primary Care Research in Malaysia

Sherina Mohd Sidik

Primary Care Research in Australia

Ellen McIntyre

Africa Region

Primary Care Research in South Africa

Gboyega Ogunbanjo and Bob Mash

Primary Care Research in Kenya

Patrick Chege

Primary Care Research in Ghana

Akye Essuman

Primary Care Research in Nigeria

Olayinka Ayankogbe

North America Region

Primary Care Research in Canada

Gillian Bartlett and Jeannie Haggerty

Primary Care Research in the USA

Larry A. Green

Iberoamericana-CIMF Region

Primary Care Research in Uruguay

Jacqueline Ponzo

Primary Care Research in Mexico

Jose M. Ramirez Aranda

Primary Care Research in Brazil

Magda Almeida, Gustavo Gusso and Thiago Trindade


About the Editors

Edited by

Felicity Goodyear-Smith, MB CHB, MD, FRNZCGP,general practitioner and academic head, Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Prof. Bob Mash, MBChB, DRCOG, DCH, FRCGP (UK), FCFP (SA), PhD, head, Family Medicine and Primary Care, Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg, South Africa

About the Series

WONCA Family Medicine

The WONCA Family Medicine series is a collection of books written by world-wide experts and practitioners of family medicine, in collaboration with The World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA).

WONCA is a not-for-profit organization and was founded in 1972 by member organizations in 18 countries. It now has 118 Member Organizations in 131 countries and territories with membership of about 500,000 family doctors and more than 90 per cent of the world’s population.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Family & General Practice