UK is world leader for GP research

UK general practice research has been confirmed as the best in the world by the latest survey of academic units, the RCGP said this week.

Top ratings of four stars were awarded to more than 35 per cent of projects at the primary care units of Birmingham, Manchester and Oxford universities.

Welcoming the results, RCGP chairman Professor Steve Field said they confirmed that academic GPs and researchers in the UK are doing excellent work that helps GPs raise the standards of care they provide for patients. ‘UK academic general practice is the best in the world and we have the best general practice primary care units in the world,' he said.

He added: ‘GPs are very rarely recognised for their research and innovation and this study not only demonstrates the value of their work but shows how it directly translates into tangible improvements for patients, rather than being consigned to a shelf somewhere to get dusty.'

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