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.
- The OPTEL Study - The experiences and perceptions of older people, their carers and their general practice teams in using a 'telephone first' approach for access to appointments (OPTEL): a qualitative study
- Di-Facto - Facilitating access to online NHS primary care services
- Co-production and testing of an online resource to support the diagnosis and self-management of migraine
- The large-scale implementation of e-consultations with the GP in Norway: a mixed-methods evaluation of the impact on health system, GPs and patients
- Digital Access Now (DAN): survey of patients in general practice about their use of digital services
- Community outreach: creating an online space about health research on a university webpage
- Investigating Caregiver Satisfaction with Online and In-Person Support Groups for Caregivers of People with Dementia
- Pharmacy based video consultation: which patients use it, and how do they experience it?
- Care Companion - an online platform to support the resilience and well-being of family carers.
- Digital interventions for cardiometabolic disease in South Asians- a case study for opportunities, risks and inequalities in digital health
- Evaluation of telephone based digital triage in urgent care
Recently completed projects include:
- OBOE - Investigating patient use of, and experience of online booking in primary care
- INQUIRE Online patient feedback: a mixed methods study to understand how to Improve NHS Quality Using Internet Ratings and Experiences
- The VICO Study - Feasibility, acceptability and nature of video consultation via the internet in general practice
PhD Studentship Opportunities:
We have the following studentship opportunity within the Digital Primary Care team:
- Use of an online consultation platform in general practice and potential role in the detection and diagnosis of cancer - Warwick Industrial Fellowship | University of Warwick with eConsult
To learn more about the projects detailed here contact the research theme lead,
h dot atherton at warwick dot ac dot uk
The Unit of Academic Primary Care are pleased to host the 'Digital Technologies in Primary Care' Special Interest Group (SIG) supported by the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC). Visit our SIG page to find out how you can become part of our network.