The Centre has made a number of advancements in relation to changing different stakeholder’s interpretation and behaviours about research in primary care.
• Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) – Prof Fahey recently completed a three year role as Chair of the research committee at the ICGP. This role served the dual objectives of enhancing research collaboration between the HRB Centre for Primary Care Research and the ICGP and ensuring that Implementation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) interventions (work package #3) are closely aligned and embedded in service developments in Irish General Practice. Professor Andrew Murphy has recently taken over this role and is a co-applicant on the CPCR Phase II funding bid.
• Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) – – Through collaboration with the RCPI, we have successfully completed four week long short courses in research methods at the RCPI. These courses are designed to up-skill participants in a range of competencies appropriate for health research. This collaboration has been a success and further courses are planned for RCPI members in 2015.
• Health Intelligence Unit (HIU) – Collaboration with the Health Intelligence Unit (HIU), of the National Directorate of Quality and Clinical Care in the HSE, has been established. This collaboration has resulted in access to HIPE and PCRS databases, allowing for further studies and more detailed comparative analyses on the evaluation of procedures, mortality and quality, safety and cost of prescribing at the primary/secondary care interface. Dr. Ronan McDonnell has now taken over this role and the Centre has direct access to an anonymised PCRS database.
• Knowledge exchange and dissemination meeting - Our knowledge exchange and dissemination meeting on potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) was attended by key stakeholders in the areas of policy, practice and academia. We had a series of focussed presentations relating to the development of indicators, practice based interventions and health policy implementations that reduce PIP. Details of the meeting can be found at here.