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Themes and methods of research presented at European general practice research network conferences

Kruschinski, Carsten; Lange, Maaike; Lionis, Christos; Hummers-Pradier, Eva; van Weel, Chris

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Background: The World Organization of Family Doctors (Wonca) defined core characteristics of general practice and general practitioners' competencies. It is unclear to which extent research has addressed these issues so far. Objective: To determine themes and research methods of general practice research as reflected by presentations at the European General Practice Research Network (EGPRN) meetings. Methods: Descriptive and retrospective study. All abstracts presented at each of the 14 EGPRN...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorKruschinski, Carsten
dc.contributor.authorLange, Maaike
dc.contributor.authorLionis, Christos
dc.contributor.authorHummers-Pradier, Eva
dc.contributor.authorvan Weel, Chris
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:50:53Z
dc.identifier.issn0263-2136
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/81004
dc.description.abstractBackground: The World Organization of Family Doctors (Wonca) defined core characteristics of general practice and general practitioners' competencies. It is unclear to which extent research has addressed these issues so far. Objective: To determine themes and research methods of general practice research as reflected by presentations at the European General Practice Research Network (EGPRN) meetings. Methods: Descriptive and retrospective study. All abstracts presented at each of the 14 EGPRN conferences between June 2001 and October 2007 were analysed for content and study design/methodology. Categories for content were developed inductively; a predefined hierarchical scheme was used for study designs. Results. A total of N = 614 abstracts were classified. The main research topics were related to GP/health service issues (n = 232), clinical (n = 148) and patient-related themes (n = 118). Original data (n = 558) were mainly derived from cross-sectional designs (38.7%). Intervention studies (11.0%), longitudinal designs including case-control and cohort studies (13.3%) as well as instrumental research (2.2%) were less common. More than one-fourth of all original studies were qualitative studies (27.6%). Stratified analysis revealed that cross-sectional designs were less frequent in the second half of conferences. Analysis by country showed that, in contrast to different quantitative designs, the proportion of qualitative studies was comparable. Conclusions: To test effectiveness of diagnostic and therapeutic interventions under primary care conditions, a higher proportion of experimental studies would be preferable. This could increase the acceptance of general practitioners' specific approaches and provide clear guidance on approaches and procedures, especially in health care systems not predominantly based on primary care.
dc.publisherOxford University Press
dc.sourceFamily Practice
dc.subjectKeywords: article; content analysis; general practice; general practitioner; health service; medical research; medical society; practice guideline; Chronic Disease; Congresses as Topic; Europe; General Practice; Humans; Physician's Practice Patterns; Primary Health Content; Family medicine; Family practice; Methodology; Study design
dc.titleThemes and methods of research presented at European general practice research network conferences
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume27
dc.date.issued2010
local.identifier.absfor111700 - PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES
local.identifier.ariespublicationf5625xPUB9319
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationKruschinski, Carsten, Hannover Medical School
local.contributor.affiliationLange, Maaike, Hannover Medical School
local.contributor.affiliationLionis, Christos, University of Crete
local.contributor.affiliationVan Weel, Chris, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationHummers-Pradier, Eva, Hannover Medical School
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage459
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage467
local.identifier.doi10.1093/fampra/cmq023
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T09:45:26Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-77955242167
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