Evidence-based guidance in general practice: exploring general practitioner preferences, content prioritisation and dissemination

General practitioners (GPs) need resources to support their use of the most up to date information in their clinical practice. This is to make sure that patients are receiving the best care possible from their GP.Th e Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) produces research update guides for GPs to support their management of conditions and presentations commonly seen in general practice.

The aim of this study is to explore the content and structure of these guides and to distribute them to GPs in the most organised way possible.

A national survey of GPs will be undertaken and small group interviews organised to ask GPs what topics they need covered in research update guides and how they would like the information presented and circulated. A patient representative will sit on the management committee of the study to give the patient's perspective. A list of important topics to cover in future research update guides for GPs will be produced and a new version of the research update guide developed.

This will be tested on a small number of GPs to assess its ease of use and relevance to general practice. Once a final version of the guide is agreed, it will be launched at the ICGP national GP conference and circulated to GPs nationwide.

Award Date
30 June 2019
Award Value
Principal Investigator
Dr Emma Wallace
Host Institution
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Applied Partnership Awards