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Laying the foundations for a NZ primary care research and surveillance network

12 months
Approved budget:
Dr Carol Atmore
Professor Timothy Stokes
Associate Professor Lynn McBain
Dr Ben Hudson
Professor Les Toop
Professor Tony Dowell
Professor Dr Sue Crengle
Professor Bruce Arroll
Health issue:
Other (generic health or health services)
Proposal type:
Research Activation Grant 2
Lay summary
Primary care centred clinical research is required to explore effects of new service delivery models and disease treatments on patient access and outcomes in community settings, and whether there are different outcomes for Māori, for Pacific, and rural patient groups. New Zealand also lacks primary care surveillance infrastructure to monitor the impact over time of health service delivery change in community settings, and whether the impacts are experienced equitably. This application is to explore establishing a nationally representative primary care research and surveillance network. We will build relationships with key stakeholders, review literature regarding research networks, establish contact with successful networks internationally and explore why previous local attempts were unsuccessful. We will produce a roadmap outlining the infrastructure and processes required to establish a successful and sustainable research network. Once established, the network will provide ongoing future primary care research opportunities based in community settings.