The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on the grave consequences of underinvestment in primary care and primary care research. Although we have known for decades that health systems with a strong foundation in primary care can improve access to care, health outcomes (including reduced mortality), and health equity, important work remains to be done.
There is, however, much cause for optimism as momentum grows for greater investments in primary care. Last year’s RAND report, commissioned by AHRQ, provides meaningful insights for maximizing the impact of primary care research findings and encouraging research innovation.
The recent National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report, Implementing High-Quality Primary Care, which AHRQ co-sponsored, provides a roadmap for enabling primary care to achieve its potential. AHRQ is committed to supporting implementation of the report’s conclusions and recommendations.