What is happening in the development initiative: Opportunities to conduct clinical research and clinical studies within primary healthcare

Beatrice Backman Lönn has been the project leader for the development initiative “Opportunities to conduct clinical research and clinical studies within primary healthcare”. The initiative is finalized and in the interview below Beatrice tells about the results of the initiative.

Why have we had a development initiative relating to conducting clinical research and clinical studies within primary healthcare?

Swedish healthcare has undergone a change in recent years, with more and more care taking place in outpatient care and at home. This changes the conditions for clinical research as well as teaching and innovation, and the traditionally hospital-based infrastructure for clinical research needs to be supplemented with new routines and working methods. Within Clinical Studies Sweden, a number of development initiatives have been implemented to promote clinical research nationally and regionally within the entire health care system.
The activities of the regional nodes are mainly linked to university hospitals and larger regional hospitals, where research traditions as well as infrastructure for clinical research are found. Despite the fact that at both state (SOU) and regional (SKR) level it is advocated that research should be conducted in Primary Care, the conditions for conducting research are still not sufficiently developed in all parts of Primary Care. Therefore, this development initiative was carried out as an investigation of how the collaboration between the nodes, at regional and national level, can contribute to promoting the conditions for conducting clinical studies in Primary Care. The purpose and objectives of the investigation were to identify concrete activities, needs and factors that are important for promoting clinical research in Primary Care and to investigate what support the nodes could contribute to promoting the opportunities for clinical research in Primary Care.

What was the outcome of the development initiative?

The investigation showed a number of obstacles and opportunities where the majority of the activities are difficult for the nodes to influence, such as, for example, primary care assignments, funding and research tradition / research strategy. The activities that the nodes can contribute to were found primarily in the areas of competence / knowledge, other personnel resources and creation of infrastructure such as, for example, adapted training and resource support, as well as designing information adapted for primary care actors.

What happens next?

The investigations proposals for activities and support have led to a number of nodes now starting up or are in the process of starting up regional node projects based on the proposals of the investigation. This is done together with the primary care actors with the aim of promoting the opportunities for clinical research in collaboration within primary care within each node.