Academic Knowledge Centers
The AKCs are primary care centers that receive assignments from the CPF, as well as assistance in realizing their own research ideas. Each is affiliated with, and serves as the research hub for, a number of other nearby primary care centers.
The AKCs are coordinated by the CPF and have a commitment to research and teaching, with personnel and students receiving hands-on professional guidance in forming, refining, and executing research ideas that will contribute to the development of primary care in the field.
Ongoing and planned AKC research projects include several lifestyle intervention studies, a group mindfulness-based intervention in patients with minor mental disorders, and studies of diabetes and adverse drug reactions.
At each AKC, an active clinical researcher (PhD) employed by the CPF provides on-the-job assistance with:
- Study design
- Answering methodological questions
- Quality development
- Selection of relevant patient groups
- Obtaining funding for projects and establishing contacts
- Dissemination of research results
- Generating ideas for future research
These AKC coordinators meet approximately once a month at the CPF to discuss operational and research issues. They also arrange monthly research seminars for health care personnel and students, and supervise trainee medical specialists, who undertake research assignments in primary care.
In addition to the AKC Coordinators on the ground, there is an internal AKC Coordinator based at the CPF. His/Her role is to assist researchers in primary care with specific tasks (e.g., performing translational clinical research, qualitative research, obtaining research funding, scientific writing, and regulatory affairs).
The AKC network has the potential to establish Sweden at the international forefront of clinical research and evidence-based medicine in primary care.
The AKC was adopted in China in 2010, and its ethos and infrastructure could serve as a template for research collaboration between academia and clinicians in primary care.