Supporting family medicine research capacity: The critical role and current contributions of us family medicine organizations

Christina M. Hester, Vivian Jiang, Gillian Bartlett-Esquilant, Andrew Bazemore, Jennifer K. Carroll, Jennifer E. Devoe, W. Perry Dickinson, Alex H. Krist, Winston Liaw, Ronna D. New, Tom Vansaghi

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Family medicine is continuously advanced by a reinforcing research enterprise. In the United States, each national family medicine organization contributes to the discipline’s research foundations. We sought to map the unique and interorganizational roles of the eight US family medicine professional organizations participating in Family Medicine for America’s Health (FMAHealth) in supporting family medicine research. METHODS: We interviewed leaders and reviewed supporting materials from organizations participating in FMAHealth. We explored existing activities, capacity, and collaboration. We identified areas of strength and opportunities for growth and synergy with respect to how the family of family medicine nurtures family medicine research. RESULTS: The FMAHealth organizations support certain aspects of the family medicine research infrastructure. Six domains were identified through this work: showcasing scholarship, communication and dissemination, workforce development, data-driven initiatives, performing primary research, and advocacy for family medicine research. Each organization’s areas of emphasis differ, but we found substantial collaboration on initiatives across organizations, possibly attributable to the fact that many members belong to more than one organization. CONCLUSIONS: Deliberate contributions to each of the six domains identified herein will be important for the future success of family medicine research. Key opportunity areas described here include coordinated and strategic advocacy for increased funding for family medicine research, dedicated investment in training opportunities, protected effort to grow the next generation of family medicine researchers, pilot funding to build a research base for future high-impact research, and infrastructure to facilitate cross-institutional collaboration and data sharing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-128
Number of pages9
JournalFamily medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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