Expandir a capacidade de investigação em cuidados primários em Portugal: uma proposta

John Yaphe, Associate Professor, Community Health, School of Health Sciences, University of Minho
2015 Revista Portuguesa de Clínica Geral  
editorial new researchers. Economic resources for research support are also scarce. There is little incentive for the publication by individual doctors, as career advancement does not depend on research output. Few points are given to family doctors for published research when their CVs are evaluated for promotion. Three factors can help promote future development of family medicine research in Portugal. These are individual capacity building, development of organizational support networks, and
more » ... pport networks, and support for research dissemination. Individual capacity building begins with the teaching of basic research skills in medical school. In my experience at the University of Minho, there is an innovative program that spans over six years of undergraduate medical education. This exists in other medical schools as well. This culminates in the performance of high quality research projects in the final year that often leads to publishable papers. Graduates who go on to choose family medicine as a career have solid research training in the background. Family medicine residency training in Portugal also has a strong research component. Courses in research methods are the driver for the majority of research projects we see presented and family medicine congresses. The final assessment formula for trainees also gives points for original research papers, review articles, and case studies. Although some trainees may be accused of 'CV chasing', by engaging in these activities, the positive effects of involvement in research are undeniable. Where capacity building appears to be lacking is in the long period after completion of residency training, when doctors are engaged in their clinical careers. There is little incentive for family doctors in Portugal to leave their busy practices, with the heavy demands of the new pay-for-performance schemes and the pressures of indicator based medicine, to take courses to impro-
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