Aims of the National Research School in General Practice

In 2009 the Swedish Research Council (VR) announced funding to support the establishment of research schools in several subjects, including one in general practice. VR’s aims in doing so were:

  • to create vigorous clinical research environments and added scientific value
  • to stimulate and strengthen research training and thereby promote recruitment to clinical research
  • to establish a foundation for network building and supervision, and to give time for research and education to researchers working with clinical problems
  • to stimulate multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research
  • to contribute to national and international cooperation

The grant period is five years and the total sum is 15 million SEK. After external review, Umeå University, in collaboration with the Universities of Linköping and Göteborg, was given the task of coordinating and administrating the National Research School in General Practice.

The overall aim of the Research School in General Practice is to develop and increase the amount of research and enhance research training in general practice in Sweden. Our specific aim is to ensure that we acquire a new generation of well-trained researchers in general practice with an education of high international standard.

Education at doctoral level is intended to develop the knowledge and skills that are needed to be able to pursue independent research.


 Our research school will:

Provide knowledge about
Research in general practice: background, conditions, and potential
Common and important research methods in general practice research
International perspectives on research in general practice

Develop skills in
Planning and implementing research
Cooperating in research, in groups and networks
Communicating research findings
Establishing contacts and collaboration both internationally and nationally
Using modern technology for communication

Offer an increased range of research courses in subjects including
Consultation research
Evidence-based medicine
Qualitative methods
Screening and prevention
Implementation of research in practice

To obtain a diploma from the research school one must have taken part in the seminar series (at least 75% attendance), passed the examination on the introductory course and at least one other elective course (minimum 5 credits) organized within or in conjunction with the research school.