Category: Research

Why GPs need to be involved in mental health research

We all know that research is not for “normal GPs” – we are all too busy. But are we right? Beatrice Shelley and colleagues say that being a practising GP and an active researcher are not as incompatible as one may think – a growing number of GPs are conducting research, and in so doing, they will be influencing clinical practice and guiding health policy.

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RCGP Research Paper of the Year 2019: Impact of COVID-19

The RCGP’s annual Research Paper of the Year (RPY) award gives recognition to researchers who have undertaken and published an exceptional piece of research relating to general practice or primary care. Here, Carolyn Chew-Graham, Chair of the RPY, presents the three winning articles with overviews of the research and comments from the lead authors.

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Are we safer cycling?

We know that cycling makes for a healthier commute for all, but GPs need evidence to help them allay patient’s concerns if we are to incorporate active travel into our standard health promotion toolkit. Bethan Jones gives us the evidence.

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End-of-life care during COVID-19: The central role of primary care must not be overlooked

It has been well reported that those in the community and end-of-life care have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, but little attention has been given to GPs and district nurses working in end-of-life care and the positive stories they have to tell. Sarah Mitchell and colleagues provide positive stories from their own qualitative research, and invite others to tell theirs too.

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Putting methotrexate prescribing research into practice

New research published in the BJGP from Dr Ben Goldacre’s team in Oxford found that 23% of GPs still prescribed different strength methotrexate tablets (10mg and 2.5mg) to the same person in the past year — against the safety advice. The clear message for practice from the research is that GPs should check their prescribing and ensure people are switched away from 10mg methotrexate tablets.

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