Original Research - Special Collection: Primary Care Research Methods

African primary care research: Quality improvement cycles

Claire Van Deventer, Bob Mash
African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine | Vol 6, No 1 | a598 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/phcfm.v6i1.598 | © 2014 Claire Van Deventer, Bob Mash | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 September 2013 | Published: 24 April 2014

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Claire Van Deventer, Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Bob Mash, Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care,Stellenbosch University, South Africa

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Improving the quality of clinical care and translating evidence into clinical practice is commonly a focus of primary care research. This article is part of a series on primary care research and outlines an approach to performing a quality improvement cycle as part of a research assignment at a Masters level. The article aims to help researchers design their quality improvement cycle and write their research project proposal.


Primary care research, quality improvment, audit, translational research, research proposal writing


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