Table 1.

Some General Factors Inhibiting Family Medicine Research in Developing Countries

Adapted from Horton R. North and South: bridging the information gap. Lancet. 2000;355:2231–2236.
Poor health care infrastructure—materials, manpower, political will
Limited financial resources—government priorities lie elsewhere in education, defence, general health care delivery, or debt repayment
Poor training in research methods, epidemiology and statistics in general medical training
Little incentive for a busy practitioner, overwhelmed by the system
Reluctance of international journals to publish papers from developing world9
Research is not a priority of health system
Employment systems where only service is rewarded