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Title: Research consultation clinic: Impetus towards facilitating primary care research
Authors: Tan, N.C. 
Tan, Y.T.
Kin, P.T.
Keywords: Consultation
Primary care
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: Tan, N.C.,Tan, Y.T.,Kin, P.T. (2013). Research consultation clinic: Impetus towards facilitating primary care research. Asia Pacific Family Medicine 12 (1) : -. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background: In Singapore, SingHealth Polyclinics (SHP) is an accredited Family Medicine (FM) training centre which managed 1.8 million primary care patient-visits in 2012. To promote research in the institution, research consultation clinics (RCC) are being introduced in 2010 to enable free face-to-face consultation between experienced and novice researchers on specific research topics. Each RCC session allows about an hour or more for the SHP staff, medical undergraduates and general practitioners to seek advice and clarification on key research areas, ranging from research question refinement, study design and execution, data analysis, result presentation to publication. The consultants comprise of two FM researchers with postgraduate research qualification. Aim. This article aims to review the implementation of RCC from 2010 to 2012 and its impact on research activities and outcome indicators in the same period of time. Methods. The study comprised of two segments. Part I was a three-year retrospective review of the RCC administrative record. The total number of RCC sessions, hours utilised, participants' profiles, the number of research studies initiated by them and their research presentations at local and overseas scientific meetings/conferences were computed. Part 2 was an anonymous web-based questionnaire survey fielded to RCC participants to collect their feedback on the RCC service and their self-reported initiation and completion of research study after the RCC consultation. Results: The RCC sessions increased from 17 to 40 sessions, resulting in increment of 2 to 14 research presentations and from 2 to 6 initiations of new research studies per annum from 2010-2012. The response rate to the questionnaire survey was 70.3%, with the majority of multi-disciplinary respondents rated the RCC service to be accessible, adequate and were satisfied with its quality. Study design, data management and study execution were ranked as important areas of research for consultation. 79% of them had started a research project and 36% had completed their studies. Conclusions: The RCC is a feasible model to catalyse multi-disciplinary research in primary care institutions. Further study is needed to evaluate its relevance when research advances and novice researchers become experienced investigators to take on more complex projects. © 2013 Tan et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
Source Title: Asia Pacific Family Medicine
ISSN: 1447056X
DOI: 10.1186/1447-056X-12-4
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