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Evidence-based primary health care and local research: a necessary but problematic partnership

Abbott, S., Bickerton, J., Daly, M. L. & Procter, S. (2008). Evidence-based primary health care and local research: a necessary but problematic partnership. Primary Health Care Research & Development, 9(03), pp. 191-198. doi: 10.1017/s146342360800073x


Background: Front-line NHS staff undertake small research projects to answer questions about local patients and services, but these projects often face considerable challenges. This paper reports on one such project.

Aims and methods of study:The study used structured interviews in order to find out about the knowledge of
nutrition among Bangladeshis using an NHS Walk-in Centre.

Development of the study: Time constraints posed considerable difficulties in progressing and completing
the study; flaws in the methodology emerged; and underpinning assumptions about health promotion and ethnic minority health beliefs were open to challenge.

Learning from the study: Despite this, some findings were valuable and have considerable potential as a stimulus to critical thinking among practitioners about their own attitudes, as well as raising issues that future research would find it useful to address.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Nursing
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