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Co-creating value in research: stakeholders’ perspectives

A Centre for Research Excellence reflects on collaborating with policymakers and front-line staff to bring evidence into practice

Last year’s Strategic review of health and medical research – better health through research (the McKeon Review) highlighted strengthened partnerships between researchers, health care professionals, government and community as central to a productive research sector.1 Our Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) has, from inception, adopted such an approach to facilitate translation of our research into evidence-based health care and policy.2 Implementation research works best when the research partners who make policy or deliver care have been involved at all stages of the research process — from the research question through to the analysis and implementation strategy.3,4 In using these approaches, our CRE has partnered and worked closely with a variety of influential primary care organisations (Box). Collectively, they represent members delivering more than 100 million patient consultations per year or organisations responsible for setting the quality and safety benchmark for Australian primary care.

From 2011, our CRE has had regular “linkage and exchange”5