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Embracing value co-creation in primary care services research: a framework for success

There is a growing focus on the central role of primary care in providing high-quality, accessible, and cost-effective care for international communities. However, maximising the reach and uptake of evidence into primary care policy and practice continues to be a major challenge and a major focus in health reform.14 Research translation must ideally be directed in a bottom-up fashion from the community, through effective and consultative partnerships at every stage.5 This demands a “refocus” on the way we conduct health services research,6,7 requiring that strategic partnerships with influential end users are formed early in the research process and nurtured throughout the entire development and implementation journey.

In an effort to maximise investment in research, funding bodies and governments are increasingly working with the academic sector to strengthen partnerships with industry, society and end users of the research to improve the productivity of the sector.811 In response, researchers have increasingly adopted approaches such as translational research,12 implementation research,