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Case reports in Primary Care Dr Geoff Wong Deputy Editor - JMCR GP Principal and NIHR Clinical Lecturer Research Departmen...
Aims: <ul><li>The aim of my talk is not to ‘teach’ you anything but to ask for your help to solve a puzzle… </li></ul><ul>...
An observation… <ul><li>In over a year as a deputy editor at JMCR, I have yet to see a single manuscript that comes from p...
Primary Care physicians are everywhere! <ul><li>Taking just the UK… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>About 30,000 qualified GPs </li>...
Why, oh, why? <ul><li>This is where I need your help… </li></ul><ul><li>Over the next 3 minutes, please group yourselves i...
Our survey says… <ul><li>Let’s hear what your reasons are…  </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be shy now   </li></ul>
I’ll let you see mine if you let me see yours… <ul><li>They do, just not in JMCR and Cases! </li></ul><ul><li>My reasons f...
Solutions? <ul><li>These are ‘big issues’ – not easy to change! </li></ul><ul><li>Each person’s motives and reasons are go...
Summary <ul><li>My perception is that GPs/FPs don’t submit case reports </li></ul><ul><li>It’s probably because they can’t...
Thank you for listening <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
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Case reports in Primary Care - Dr Geoff Wong

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  1. 1. Case reports in Primary Care Dr Geoff Wong Deputy Editor - JMCR GP Principal and NIHR Clinical Lecturer Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health, UCL [email_address]
  2. 2. Aims: <ul><li>The aim of my talk is not to ‘teach’ you anything but to ask for your help to solve a puzzle… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Why don’t primary care physicians seem interested in submitting case reports?” </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. An observation… <ul><li>In over a year as a deputy editor at JMCR, I have yet to see a single manuscript that comes from primary care  </li></ul><ul><li>I am told that this is the norm by JMCR staff </li></ul><ul><li>Why is this so? As we have already heard, case reports do have a value and purpose! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Primary Care physicians are everywhere! <ul><li>Taking just the UK… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>About 30,000 qualified GPs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Account for 80 to 90% of all NHS consultations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>That’s about 250 million consultations per year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manage about 85% of the health needs of the UK population </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Surely some of what we see must be ‘interesting’ and worth writing up? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why, oh, why? <ul><li>This is where I need your help… </li></ul><ul><li>Over the next 3 minutes, please group yourselves into pairs and try to come up with your top three reasons to the following question: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ As a professional group, why don’t primary care physicians submit case reports?” </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Our survey says… <ul><li>Let’s hear what your reasons are… </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be shy now  </li></ul>
  7. 7. I’ll let you see mine if you let me see yours… <ul><li>They do, just not in JMCR and Cases! </li></ul><ul><li>My reasons fall into two overlapping groups: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The culture of general practice / family medicine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Research is what ‘specialists’ do </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The perceived value of case reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>‘ There are only 24 hours in a day, so why should I bother to spend my time writing up cases?’ </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Solutions? <ul><li>These are ‘big issues’ – not easy to change! </li></ul><ul><li>Each person’s motives and reasons are going to be unique </li></ul><ul><li>Maybe we have to give GPs/FPs reason why they should. Focus on what their needs might be? For example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational value </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career progression </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job satisfaction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help me out here… </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Summary <ul><li>My perception is that GPs/FPs don’t submit case reports </li></ul><ul><li>It’s probably because they can’t see why they should bother </li></ul><ul><li>We need to give them reasons to the contrary </li></ul>
  10. 10. Thank you for listening <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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