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Academic Primary Care Research Themes

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Digital Primary Care

Primary care settings globally are increasingly making use of digital tools and routes of access for patients to schedule and receive care, and this use has increased with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the digital primary care team we conduct research that critically evaluates the development, implementation and use of digital tools and routes of access in primary care settings. Our team utilises both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. We collaborate nationally and internationally with digital health researchers and our research has a direct impact on patient care and policy.

Research Theme Lead: Dr Helen Atherton

Long-term Conditions in Primary Care

The Unit of Academic Primary Care supports work into long term disease prevention, diagnosis and management in primary care using a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Work includes access to care and diagnosis and the long term management of conditions and how they can be best supported in primary care. Importantly we also address the needs of those that care for people with long term conditions.

Research Theme Lead: Dr Sarah Hillman

Quality and Safety in Primary Care

We conduct research which answers important quality and safety questions in primary care. Our research aims to improve primary care systems to produce meaningful impacts on patient care and health policy. Educating professionals through the UAPC is a key part of safer systems. Our novel research on educating patients is important to close safety loopholes and we support this through our PPI-E networks. We also have existing links with Warwick Business School to support this theme by providing human factors and NHS management expertise.

Research Theme Lead: Dr Rachel Spencer

Supportive and End of Life Care in Primary Care

The Unit of Academic Primary Care (UAPC) has an international reputation for high quality research into dying, death and bereavement. We collaborate closely with Marie Curie West Midlands Hospice in Solihull, local Clinical Commissioning Groups and hospital trusts, as well as other academic researchers around the world. We apply a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies to our research in this area as we seek to build innovative interdisciplinary bridges to address a range of issues in palliative and end of life care.

Research Theme Lead: Dr John MacArtney