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The practice manager role and relevance to general practice-based research: a review of the literature.

Wood, Anna; Hocking, Jane; Temple-Smith, Meredith.
Aust J Prim Health; 22(2): 86-92, 2016.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | Jan 2016 | ID: mdl-26750155
Resumo: Research based in Australian general practice is essential to ensure that health care provided in this setting is evidenced-based and delivered effectively. Research designed for general practice must be feasible and acceptable to general practitioners (GPs) and practice managers (PMs), who are responsible for coordinating practice activities. However, little is known about the PM role and their contribution to research undertaken in general practice. The aim of this systematic review is to examine this role and its relevance to the conduct of general practice-based research. Databases searched (Medline, PubMed, CINAHL and Scopus) identified six relevant studies. One study investigated the role of the PM in general practice-based research and five examined aspects of the PM role. Data about study design, number and type of participants and findings was extracted and managed using a matrix framework. The limited findings suggested PMs are interested in managing research at the practice level. The PM is central to practice communication and coordination but the role varies depending on qualifications, size of practice and expectations of the GPs. This paper highlights the paucity of evidence about the PM role and their contribution to the conduct of research undertaken in general practice. Further investigation is required to gain insights into establishing and managing future research in Australian general practice.