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Measuring the therapeutic alliance in general practice

The therapeutic alliance is a mediating factor for the effectiveness of primary care. The alliance is a concept that was first developed in psychology and is also applicable to Australian general practice. A survey tool has recently been validated for use in general practice (publication There are multiple questions that remain outstanding about this survey tool in general practice. A project using cognitive interviewing techniques with patients could demonstrate patient understanding of the questions. There is an opportunity for international collaboration on this work with researchers in Europe. Our Research Environment As a research student in the Department of General Practice you will have access to supervision from international and national leaders in primary care research and education in a supportive and collaborative research environment. Research students are linked with a research group working within one of our areas of research excellence and able to draw upon expertise from across the department to support quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research. You will have opportunity to develop primary care research skills and understanding of ethics through workshops and seminars while gaining exposure to a wide variety of primary care research methods and topics through attendance at a weekly Departmental academic seminar series. An active early career research group provides a structure for informal support and learning amongst peers. Visit our website ( to find out more about the opportunities and support for research students in General Practice.
Essential criteria: 
Minimum entry requirements can be found here:
General practice; therapeutic alliance; doctor-patient relationships; consultation skills; qualitative research; primary care
School of Primary and Allied Health Care » General Practice
Available options 
Masters by research
Time commitment 
Top-up scholarship funding available 
Physical location 
Notting Hill Campus
Grant Russell
Tim olde Hartmann
Pauline Boeckxstaens

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