The IPCRG contributes to the primary care and respiratory research landscape in five ways.
It conducts research directly and facilitates its members to engage with academic institutions, including collaborations with global partners. We guide and influence what research is done by listening to and presenting the primary care voice and disseminates research evidence for public benefit. Our role is to complement academic institutions by strengthening the links with clinical practice, and building confidence and competence in the primary care workforce to engage in research.
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.