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Guiding the emerging primary care researcher: A report of research capacity-building workshop

Shane D. Murphy, Arun Nair, Ramprakash Kaswa, Indiran Govender, Klaus von Pressentin
South African Family Practice | Vol 65, No 1 : Part 4| a5769 | DOI: | © 2023 Shane D. Murphy, Arun Nair, Ramprakash Kaswa, Indiran Govender, Klaus von Pressentin | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 May 2023 | Published: 20 December 2023

About the author(s)

Shane D. Murphy, Department of Clinical Services, Abbey House Medical Centre, Navan, Ireland
Arun Nair, Department of Family Medicine, University of the Free State, Kimberley, South Africa
Ramprakash Kaswa, Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health, Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa
Indiran Govender, Department Family Medicine and Primary Health Care, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Pretoria, South Africa
Klaus von Pressentin, Division of Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa


There is an escalating interest in research capacity building across the globe. Research is an integral part of the continuous improvement process, clinical decision making and health system strengthening and should be embedded into the health system. The South African Family Practice Journal editorial team held a workshop on 19 August 2022 at the 24th National Family Practitioners Congress in Cape Town, with the aim of supporting primary care clinicians in their development from early-career researchers to established clinician-scientists. Small group and plenary discussions yielded valuable insights into the lived experiences of early career researchers and highlighted critical action areas to build the landscape of clinician-led research in the South African context.

Contribution: This article contributes to current literature by providing insight into the lived experiences of early-career researchers and explores opportunities for research capacity-building.


research; capacity-building; clinician-scientist; education; family medicine.


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