Why research? What research?

  • Sook Ching Chan


This article is the first of a series on research methodology aimed at helping those in primary care who are planning to do research for the first time. The term “primary care” will be used in this article to include general practice, family practice and the specialist discipline of family medicine. (copied from article)


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How to Cite
ChanS. C. (2012). Why research? What research?. Malaysian Family Physician, 13(3), 2. Retrieved from https://www.e-mfp.org/ojs3/index.php/MFP/article/view/156
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