It may be time to invest more in primary care research, including research on clinical conditions
Here is a simple exercise: in the PubMed website (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed), type “The New England Journal of Medicine[Jour] AND Australia[All Fields]”, and you will see that the journal has published about 90 Australian articles since 2000. Scanning through them, you will find that just one includes an Australian general practitioner as an author (Professor John Marley, in 10th author position), for an article describing the large blood pressure trial ANBP2.1 Repeating this exercise for JAMA (the journal of the American Medical Association) yields one Australian GP author in one of 79 Australian papers (Professor Chris Silagy as first author), in an analysis of protocols of published systematic reviews and reports.2
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