The IPCRG contributes to the primary care and respiratory research landscape in five ways.
We conduct research directly through surveys and analysis of routine data. We facilitate our country members to engage with academic institutions, including collaborations with global partners on global health research such as FRESHAIR4Life, RESPIRE , RECHARGE and Breathe Well. IPCRG guides and influence what research is done by listening to and presenting the primary care voice including the latest research prioritisation e-Delphi. We disseminate research evidence for public benefit through our extensive networks, our journal the npjPrimary Care Respiratory Medicine published by Springer Nature, in person and on social media, conferences and education programmes.
We complement academic institutions by:
- Strengthening the links with clinical practice globally
- Building confidence and competence in the primary care workforce to engage in research through our research schools, and role modelling
- Facilitating IPCRG members’ engagement in research collaborations
- Contributing leadership on stakeholder engagement and communications strategies and advocacy for primary care respiratory research
- Dissemination to grassroots primary care
Our revised research priorities were published in the npjPCRM January 2022, based on an extensive e-Delphi exercise. This was conducted among 112 community-based physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals representing 27 high, middle and low-income countries. We have been able to identify focus areas and a top ten research questions from the 608 questions proposed, informing both our own and the sector’s approach to research.
At WHO-GARD and the European Parliament, we continue to make the case for the primary care perspective. We argue for research funding to address inequitable access to care; local contexts including the environment, power, respect and access to medicines; multimorbidity; implementation of right care that provides value to the population and the individual, and is affordable.