Discipline of General Practice, NUI Galway

Approaching 30 years since it was established, the discipline has grown into the largest such discipline in Ireland. With a focus on both education and research, this is a multidisciplinary organisation undertaking nationally and internationally acclaimed teaching and research. The discipline includes a number of GPs, who also work in local urban and rural general practices, and colleagues from a range of other disciplines, including health psychologists, an epidimeologist and a physiotherapist. Our research impacts on individual patient care, as well as regional and national policy.

The head of the Discipline of General Practice is Prof Andrew Murphy, who is also the Director of the HRB Primary Care CTNI.

HRB Centre for Primary Care Research (HRB CPCR)

The HRB CPCR has been funded as a national research centre since 2008. It is a collaborative research group, led by the Department of General Practice, RCSI with colleagues from General Practice in NUI Galway, TILDA and General Practice in TCD, and the School of Pharmacy in Queen’s University Belfast. The emphasis on the second phase of funding is to develop and assess information and communication technology to improve the quality and safety of patient care. The following clinical areas are being covered: safe and effective prescribing; chronic disease management in diabetes; rational antibiotic use in the community and the value of a summary care record.

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Department of General Practice, Queen’s University Belfast

The Department has a track record in conducting collaborative trials and related research with primary care colleagues throughout the island of Ireland, as well as working with a multi-disciplinary range of other collaborators nationally and internationally. The research has been concerned with improving patients’ and healthy people’s health and health care and the findings have informed policy planning and the provision of ongoing management of patients with heart disease in practice. The Department has played a lead role in the establishment and running of the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network in Primary Care and this Network has supported increasing participation of practices and patients in research.

Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP)

The Irish College General Practitioners (ICGP) is the professional body for general practice in Ireland. The College’s primary aim is to serve the patient and the general practitioner by encouraging and maintaining the highest standards of general medical practice. It is the representative organisation on education, training and standards in general practice. The research unit of the ICGP aims to develop and support research and audits in general practice in a structured and rigorous format. The overall aim of the research unit is to contribute to the knowledge base of general practice and to support evidence-based practice. The ICGP Research Ethics Committee, granted formal recognition on 17th May 2005, reviews both clinical and non-clinical trials.

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