This new course is available to third-year Medical, Veterinary and Natural Sciences Students as a ‘minor’ module. Launched in 2017 by Dr John Benson, Senior Lecturer in General Practice, it offers students the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and practical experience to understand the importance and challenges of GP and Primary Care research.
What behavioural changes will improve health?
How can we improve patient safety in healthcare services?
How can data from primary care services be used for research?
What tools and expertise do GPs need to diagnose cancer earlier?
Can stroke patients’ recovery be improved?
How can we encourage patients to take their medicine?
This module offers a platform for developing further expertise in academic primary care during clinical studies and beyond. Students can develop themes that they have begun to explore in this BBS module through Student Selected Components in Year 4 of the Cambridge clinical course. The maximum number of students per year is eight. Selection Criteria can be found on the BBS webpage.
About the course
The course has two core components and one elective component.
Core Component 1: Lecture / Seminar Programme
Weekly Lectures (1 hour):
Develop knowledge and understanding of primary care research. Topics are:
- The Nature/Importance of General Practice and Primary Care
- Ethics and Research Governance in GP & Primary Care Research
- Patient Participation in Research
- Primary Care Research Methods – a map, complex interventions and an introduction to the MRC Framework
- Observational Studies – Surveys and Mixed Methods
- Evidence Synthesis
- Social Science Approaches
- Experiments/Trials 1
- Experiments/Trials 2
- Observational Studies (CPRD), Case Control Studies and Cohort Studies
Weekly Group Seminars (2 hours)
Develop your new knowledge in the context of practical research issues and develop skills required for critical appraisal.
Both lectures and seminars will be delivered in the Primary Care Unit, to the cohort of students as a single group. Students will be guided to read relevant material and to self-direct their learning within this guidance framework.
Core Component 2: Current research issues & methods: the applied component
Allocation to one of the Primary Care Unit research groups:
- Applied Social Science Group
- Behavioural Science Group
- Behaviour and Health Research Unit
- Cancer Group
- Cardiovascular Group
- Clinical Nursing Research Group
- Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research
- Palliative & End of Life Care Group
- Prevention Group
Deepen your study and critical appraisal of current research questions and methods, view the application of methods in relevant studies, and the challenges and rewards of conducting studies in primary care.
Attend weekly one to one supervisions with a supervising member of the research group, attend project team meetings, observe data collection and analysis.
Elective Component: Dissertation
Students can undertake their Part 2 Dissertation in this module: they may prepare a 6,000 word Research Protocol derived from this period of study.
All students (whether they elect to undertake their dissertation in this Module or not) will have the opportunity to return to their chosen Research Group to continue their studies during Student Selected components of their Clinical Course.
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More information about the BBS options
See more about the BBS courses and how they are organised here.