WONCA Working Party: Research

Research

The Wonca Working Party on Research seeks to expand research in general practice/family medicine and welcomes interested family doctors to join.

2013 Policy statement

1. All University departments of FM / GP / PHC or equivalent institutions must support and engage in research.
2. All University departments of FM / GP / PHC or equivalent institutions must collaborate with community based practices to address relevant research questions for patient benefit and the advancement of the discipline through research.
3. All nations should prioritise FM / GP / PHC research and provide competitive but protected funding for this to take place.

Working Party meets in Rio, 2016.

Convenor / Chair

Prof Felicity Goodyear-Smith (New Zealand)

Felicity is am academic head of the Department of General Practice & Primary Health Care, University of Auckland. Her role includes overseeing the general practice teaching of medical students and ensuring they have high quality community placements (over 1200 a year), so that the next generation of young doctors are inspired to actively choose this as a career. Her research interests are screening for, and intervening with, mental health and life-style issues; immunisation; and evaluating our educational initiatives. She is also Chair of the International Committee of the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG).

More about Felicity Goodyear-Smith

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Co-Convenor or other office bearers

Executive Members

Felicity Goodyear-Smith
Chair & Research book co-editor

Chris van Weel
Panel project director

Bob Mash
African representative, Regional meeting coordinator & Research book co-editor

John Beasley
North American representative

Mehmet Ungan
European Regional meeting coordinator

Mehmet Akman
European representative

Raman Kumar
South Asia representative & Regional meeting coordinator

Ryuki Kassai
Asia Pacific representative & Regional meeting coordinator

Lidia Caballero
Iberoamericana-CIMF representative & Regional meeting coordinator

Taghreed Farahat & Faisal Al Nasir
East Mediterranean representatives & Regional meeting coordinators

Christos Lionis
IFPCRN director

Vision and Mission of WONCA Working Party on Research

Vision

The vision of the WONCA Working Party on Research was revised in June 2013
Research is a core component of general practice / family medicine / primary health care training, scholarship and clinical practice in all nations.

DRAFT Policy statement from the WONCA Working Party on Research - June 2013

1. All University departments of FM / GP / PHC or equivalent institutions must support and engage in research.
2. All University departments of FM / GP / PHC or equivalent institutions must collaborate with community based practices to address relevant research questions for patient benefit and the advancement of the discipline through research.
3. All nations should prioritise FM / GP / PHC research and provide competitive but protected funding for this to take place.

Objectives of the WONCA Working Party on Research

(revised June 2013)
1. To promote all university departments of family medicine / general practice / primary health care (FM / GP / PHC) or equivalent institutions globally in supporting and engaging in research to provide essential evidence for informed clinical and health policy decision making.

2. To promote all nations and funding bodies in prioritising FM / GP / PHC research and providing it with competitive but protected funding.

3. To support countries and regions in the promotion and nurturing of FM / GP / PHC research in their respective nations, and the timely translation of its results into everyday clinical service.

News

Activities

WONCA Working Party: Research Activity Plan for the 2016-18 Biennium

1 Comparative research around primary health care policy implementation
This will be a further development of the panel project comparing primary care systems, first proposed by Felicity Goodyear-Smith at WONCA World Cancun, and implemented by the WP-R since. We plan to progress from describing healthcare systems to exploring cross-country comparisons of how the primary care team operates within the community, connections with social determinants and inter-sectorial collaborations (eg social services). This will reference Starfield’s pillars of primary care (first-contact, continuity, comprehensive and coordinated care) for universal provision of affordable, accessible, equitable effective health services. Key members of WP-R will work with the Regional Presidents and convenors of WONCA conferences in their regions to arrange panels to present at these meetings. The panellists will be drawn from people identified as already attending these meetings who can represent their countries. Felicity Goodyear-Smith and Chris van Weel will help with the liaison and organisation of these events.

2 Research Methodology Book
Felicity Goodyear-Smith and Bob Mash will edit this book on how to do research for emerging researchers, which will serve as a companion to our International Perspectives of Primary Care Research. Taylor & Francis are interested in publishing it. We will try and negotiate a cheap sales price for the online version to make it accessible. It will look at research through the primary care lenses, with regard to the mix of research questions, approaches (eg patient and person-centred care, practice-based research), methods (including mixed quantitative and qualitative methodologies) and outcome measures (eg functioning, quality of life), and include how to get funding section. What makes research PC research? How is PC research taught in specific countries? The North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Methodology Committee will also collaborate on and contribute to the book.

3 Scientific writing & research capacity-building workshops
Members of the WP-R will run scientific writing workshops at regional WONCA conferences. These will teach the generic skills needed to write research proposals, ethics applications, reports and papers. The first of these is planned for WONCA Europe in Prague 2017 (to be run by Mehmet Akman, Christos Lionis, Karen Flegg).

4 Research Policy Paper
The WP-R will prepare a policy paper on the importance of primary care research. This will be targeted specifically at WHO, and be a contemporary update of the Kingston Declaration. A group of members (including Bob Phillips, Chris van Weel, Obianma Onya , Felicity Goodyear-Smith) will work together to draft this. It will also draw on the SAPC statement Academic Primary Care - Now More Than Ever

   report on activities at WONCA Prague      

History

meeting in Cancun 2010

 

Most important activities 2007–2010 triennium  Key future activities for coming triennium
  1. Capacity building in workshops at regional meetings.
  2. Wrote paper on present status & future role of Family doctors through IFPCRN
  3. Initiation of work on implementing PCAT as assessment tool across different regions.
  1. Capacity building workshops at regional meetings.
  2. Follow-up meeting on Kingston recommendations
  3. Complete project on Access to Person-Centred care.
 

Relevant Resources

Plenary Panel project resource documents

A summary document on our WONCA Working Party on Research Plenary Panel Project for regional WONCA meetings. Also attached is a template for panellists to prepare their manuscripts and a template for them to prepare their presentation slides (plus a sample powerpoint presentation on NZ as an exemplar). Download page

Primary care research guide 2011

The Primary Care Research Guide is a compilation by Florian Stigler of training opportunities and other helpful resources for current or future researchers in the field of family medicine and primary care.

Related Projects

Brisbane Initiative
Pursuing advanced research training and the establishment of a future research leadership for primary care.
Read more here

The MINERVA Initiative
MINERVA stands for Montreal INitiative pour l’Education et Recherche Vocationale Académique. It is an acronym that represents a group of academic family physicians and trainees committed to exploring and promoting the role of combined vocational and research training to build research capacity and leadership in primary care.
Read more here


Publications

International Perspectives on Primary Care Research.
Felicity Goodyear-Smith, Bob Mash on behalf of WONCA.
April 25, 2016 by CRC Press 255 Pages.

This book 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 Editors: Felicity Goodyear-Smith, Bob Mash


Reports

  1. WP research 2012 report
  2. WP research update Aug 2011
  3. WP research 2011 report
  4. WP research update October 2010
  5. Minutes of meeting in Cancun 2010
  6. Report from meeting in Cancun 2010