PCRS is grounded in real world clinical practice and service development and is a truly multi-disciplinary society, that is welcoming of professionals from all backgrounds (clinical and non-clinical) and as such offers a great learning environment and network for the exchange of thinking between clinicians and researchers. Some may see PCRS as a primarily clinical society, but it has a strong heritage in research, setting up the first chair in primary care respiratory medicine at Aberdeen University in 2000, and developing a leading primary care academic journal now published as npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine.
PCRS and the research leads are fully committed to supporting academic research to solve real world primary care respiratory problems and aims to provide a ‘home’ for all those involved in primary care respiratory research, from PhD students through to retirees. There are specific challenges to research in primary care not covered by other respiratory organisations, and we aim to fill that gap, as well as provide a friendly community for people to share their work and form new collaborations.
Particularly, we offer
- Annual Conference: With a dedicated research stream to present primary care respiratory research, we now have even more time for oral presentations and a dedicated poster session. Submit your abstract here.
- Interactive researcher meeting: A meeting to hear from senior researchers, editors and a member of the patient reference group with an opportunity for Q&A.
- Research Newsletters: We have regular research letters to inform people of the latest research and to invite people to take part in research projects that the PCRS backs. Subscribe here.
- Spotlight on… In this section we shine a light on different research groups and the excellent work they do.
- Public and participant involvement: This is now a requirement for many funding applications. Our Lay Reference Group are happy to help with identifying patients who can advise about research proposals and study documentation.
- PCRS support for external research projects: Assuming a research proposal fits within the aims of the organisation, and meets certain agreed criteria, we can provide backing as a supporter or collaborator for a funding application. This may be useful for funding bodies to see that your research is likely to be widely disseminated, and is likely to benefit the respiratory patient community.
- Help with recruiting for studies and dissemination: PCRS has a mailing list of over four thousand clinicians and others interested in respiratory medicine. We can include links in our fortnightly newsletter ‘In touch’ to surveys aimed at health professionals, or information to advertise participation in a study, which can be more far-reaching than you might be able to manage as an individual or organisation. Similarly, if you would like to disseminate research findings to clinicians, we can help with this.
- Research Network: To further facilitate the sharing of ideas, resources and issues we have created an email group for research-interested members to stay in touch with each other. If you wish to join the Research Network group or if you have any news you wish to share with your fellow respiratory researchers please contact us and, subject to approval, we will circulate the news to members of the email group. Longer-term we are hoping to set up an online searchable database of PCRS Research profiles, so you can see research interests and contact people directly.
- npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine Update: PCRS Members are entitled to a 50% discount on the journal's article processing charge, if an article for which you are the corresponding author is accepted for publication.