This is a highly practical book that focuses on the specifics of development in primary care research units. It discusses development of both research units and researchers themselves and offers helpful case studies that include an in-depth look at the development of one particular research unit. The issues and approaches used are applicable to all primary care researchers and administrators in medicine around the world. "Directing Research in Primary Care" is an easy to read, no-nonsense guide that provides invaluable information and guidance to individual researchers with, or contemplating, leadership roles, and deans, chairs and research directors supporting primary care research.
Table of Contents
Directing research. Primary care research environment. The big picture. Whose job is it?: role of the research director. Meeting the administrative responsibilities of the research director. Developing individual researchers. Lighting and fanning the flame. Characteristics of the productive researcher. Developing research skills in individual researchers. Individual resources: mentors and money. Receiving promotion, getting tenured. Planning research careers. Promoting research in the department. Developing culture. Stages of departmental research development. Elements of a departmental development plan. Departmental resources: mentors, money, and models. Evaluating success. Building research within the complex adaptive departmental system. Complex adaptive systems. Evidence for multilevel complexity in research programs. Research development based on the recognition of complexity. Future of primary care research. To where we head.