The potential benefits of research are many. In particular, we propose that research supported by the Divisions of Family practice should have the following characteristics.
Our research, by nature, will be patient-oriented.
Our research should benefit patients and providers in our area. It will have local impact.
Our research, regardless of scope, should be rigorous and valid.
We know that health care resources are limited. Research funds are also limited. We need to choose areas of focus carefully. We would prefer, overall, to focus on areas that leverage those limited resources. We want to prioritize "the most bang for our buck". We will prioritize: