The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners has awarded $13,478 today to research that benefits general practice.
The College received eight applications for the first funding round of the year and awarded funding to one applicant, Dr Mona Jeffreys. Dr Jeffreys has been funded for a research assistant for her research that asks, ‘Do general practice capitation fees account for concentrations of complexity?’
The aim of her study, which she is doing through Victoria University of Wellington, is to measure primary health care use and funding in general practice, for practices with differing levels of high needs patients.
Dr Jeffreys intends to share her preliminary research at GP21, the College’s Conference for General Practice, which will run in Wellington in early August and will seek to publish her research in an international journal.
The committee saw Dr Jeffrey’s work having direct relevance to the ongoing discussions regarding a review of the funding of general practice.
This funding is awarded three times a year by the Research and Education Committee (REC).
The next REC funding round will open on 28 May 2021.