Original Research - Special Collection: Primary Care Research Methods

African primary care research: Reviewing the literature

Andrew Ross, Bob Mash
African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine | Vol 6, No 1 | a584 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/phcfm.v6i1.584 | © 2014 Andrew Ross, Bob Mash | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 August 2013 | Published: 25 February 2014

About the author(s)

Andrew Ross, Department of Family Medicine, Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Bob Mash, Family Medicine and Primary Care, Stellenbosch University, South Africa


This is the second article in the series on African primary care research. The article focuses on how to search for relevant evidence in the published literature that can be used in the development of a research proposal. The article addresses the style of writing required and the nature of the arguments for the social and scientific value of the proposed study, as well as the use of literature in conceptual frameworks and in the methods. Finally, the article looks athow to keep track of the literature used and to reference it appropriately.


Primary care research, liteature review, scientific writing, research proposal writing


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