Programme no. 212-SY
Professional Development
National Research School of General Practice - creating a strong network for future primary care research
Cecilia Björkelund*1, Jørund Straand*2, Lars H. Lindholm*3, Raimo Isoaho*4, Olov Rolandsson*5, Per Wändell*6, Elin Olaug Rosvold*7
1Primary Health Care,Medicine,Göteborg,Sweden, 2Dep of General Practice,Institute for health and society,Oslo,Norway, 3Family Medicine,Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine,Umeå,Sweden, 4Dep of general Practice,University of Turku,Turku,Finland, 5Family medicine,Dep of Public health and Clinical Medicine,Umeå,Sweden, 6Centre for Family Medicine,Karolinska Institute,Stockholm,Sweden, 7Dep of Family Medicine,Institute for health and society,Oslo,Norway
* = Presenting author
Symposium
Objectives: To highlight the following questions : Are research schools in general practice effective in improving research activity and research quality in general practice and primary care? What are the options for future primary care research?
Background: National research councils in Sweden and Norway support the creation of National Research Schools in General Practice with the aim of increasing the number and quality of doctoral theses in General Practice. Also regional institutes can choose to develop a research school to support clinical primary care research.
Content: Teachers and students will discuss: Are research schools in general practice effective in improving research activity and research quality in general practice and primary care? Which are the success factors in developing a research school? Which are the pitfalls that should be avoided? How should research schools in General Practice increase quality and body of clinical primary care research in the future? How can Nordic research schools increase international and Nordic research networking and internationalization? What are the most important factors for participating doctorands? For alumni?

Method: Presentations from existing national and regional General Practice research schools in Norway and Sweden - teachers and students. Audience discussions.
Other considerations: Lancet presented the Swedish Research School concept in September 2014 - see The Lancet, 2014; 384 (9948): 1082