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Growing and retaining general practice research leaders in Australia: How can we do better?


van Driel, M and Deckx, L and Cooke, G and Pirotta, M and Gill, GF and Winzenberg, TM, Growing and retaining general practice research leaders in Australia: How can we do better?, Australian Family Physician, 46, (10) pp. 757-762. ISSN 0300-8495 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Background: The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of Australian general practitioners (GPs) with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) about their choice to abandon or pursue an academic career.

Methods: A qualitative study of 18 GPs (PhD obtained between 2006 and 2016) was conducted. Semi-structured telephone interviews were transcribed and analysed using concurrent thematic analysis.

Results: General practice researchers faced insecure career pathways. They often work in isolation, there is a lack of critical mass, and research was often described as a hobby (ie unfunded, done from home). Solutions included expanding academic general practice registrar positions to include advanced research training, building professional networks, mentoring, and better marketing of general practice research.

Discussion: Focused investment in developing clear and sustainable career pathways is essential to nurture and retain general practice researchers and research leaders. The research culture and professional standing of general practice researchers also need to improve. Support from professional bodies and colleagues, and enabling research collaborations, are key.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:general practitioners, PhD, change of career, research leaders, career pathways
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health care administration
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Winzenberg, TM (Professor Tania Winzenberg)
ID Code:124555
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2018-02-26
Last Modified:2018-07-20

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