Primary care research--a blueprint for action for Singapore

Asia Pac J Public Health. 2001;13(1):49-53. doi: 10.1177/101053950101300111.


Primary care research, hitherto overshadowed by research in the tertiary institutions, lacks impetus due to image, limitations of resources and poor infrastructure. This article looks into the current state of research development and the barriers. These hurdles can be overcome by a paradigm shift through the initiation of regular research meetings, training, infrastructure support and a collaborative research network to optimize time and resources. This will open the door to a wide field of primary care research, from basic, clinical research to health service and health system analysis and evaluation. Family physicians can tap on this opportunity to sharpen their critical appraisal skills through research, which can form an integral part of their continuous professional development. A network of pro-research family physicians will foster a vibrant research culture and pave the way to a renaissance of primary care research.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Family Practice / organization & administration*
  • Health Services Research*
  • Humans
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Research Support as Topic* / statistics & numerical data
  • Research*
  • Singapore