General practice's longest-running research program is resurrected
BEACH: THE NEXT WAVE
The abrupt closure of the BEACH program in April last year brought to an end the world’s longest-running continuous general practice dataset, threatening a vacuum in the collection of reliable, independent information on primary care.
Now investigators from the University of Sydney, which has continued to fund the maintenance of the 18-year database, are resurrecting a new version of BEACH (Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health) with data gathering expected to begin in 2018.
The new project, which is yet to be named, will use an