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£2m Research Into GPs, Dentists And Opticians

A £1.9 million programme is being launched by the University of Warwick to develop a network of researchers looking at ways to improve the quality of NHS primary care services.

Working for the university's Centre for Primary Health Care Studies, the researchers will tackle questions that will make a difference to the effectiveness of treatments and primary health care services.

Local GPs, nurses, and other primary care health professionals and managers will contribute their ideas on the research needed and the network will provide resources and support those keen to engage in research themselves.

The five-year grant totalling £1.9 million is from National Health Service Executive West Midlands.

The network will concentrate on three areas of research:

  • Chronic disease, particularly rheumatology and diabetes
  • Health promotion, screening and risk assessment
  • Patient access to health care

In each of these areas it will consider themes such as research on professional education, organisational research, rural health, self-care, health inequalities, mental health, patient/lay views and development of research methodology.

The network includes academics from a range of departments at the University of Warwick, as well as Coventry University, University of Aston, and University College Worcester.

The network has close links with the Primary Care Research Consortium of six general practices in the locality where research can be undertaken in the field.

Jeremy Dale, Professor of Primary Care, University of Warwick said:

"Over 90 per cent of contacts with the health service take place in primary care; this includes GPs, community nurses, dentists and opticians.

"Until recently there has been little research taking place in Primary Care compared to other branches of medicine.

"This initiative aims to undertake research that will lead to more effective primary health care services."

Dr Frances Griffiths, Director of the Network and a local GP in Coventry, said:

"This initiative draws together the research expertise of the Universities of Warwick, Coventry and Aston and of University College Worcester to address the important research questions for Primary Health Care services."

The Warwick-West Midlands Primary Care Research Network will be launched on Thu in an event bringing together the university’s health care researchers with local GPs, nurses, other primary health care providers and senior health officials.

Professor Richard Lilford, Director of R&D, NHSE West Midlands will be speaking on the importance of Primary Care research in today’s health service.
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CWN / Education / University of Warwick / 10 Oct 00

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