Opportunities to recognise and invest in general practice research need to be realised
General practice research is essential to quality general practice, building an evidence base for over 27 000 general practitioners working within the specialty who provide medical care to the majority of Australians.1 Over eight in ten Australians consult with their GP at least once per year, and two million people are seen each week in general practice.2,3 General practice, a medical specialty, is the first point of access to the health system, providing longitudinal care for all. It is essential for the delivery of efficient, equitable and effective health care services.4 General practice is unique, complex and continuing to evolve. A GP must have a good working knowledge of 167 problems to cover 85% of the conditions that they see most frequently,5 and management of multimorbidity has become the norm. The number of general practices appears to be declining, practices are becoming larger, and the proportion of GPs who are practice owners is decreasing.6 General practice research is key to optimising health care in this evolving context, but needs to be supported by the profession, funders and our professional colleges.
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