Dr Paula McDonald
The Primary Care and Health Services research activity brings together a wide range of disciplines (clinical, psychology, statistics, anthropology, epidemiology, public health and sociology) to address clinical problems which challenge.
We have strong methodological skills in survey design, health outcome measurement, pragmatic community based randomised control trials and analysis of large data sets. Our work focuses mainly on allergy, sexually transmitted disease, and cancer. Working with existing data sets enables us to understand causes of disease (for example thyroid cancer) and patterns of disease referral and management (for example ovarian cancer).
The management of allergy and sexually transmitted diseases in primary care are priority areas because of increasing prevalence and unmet patient need. Through the development and evaluation of technologies (both clinical and service organisation) we are developing ways to better manage patients in a non-specialist setting.
The NIHR SE Primary Care Research Network is hosted by us and through this we work with 400 general practices around the South East to recruit patients to our research trials and studies. The research conducted by the Division informs our teaching across the BSMS undergraduate curriculum, in the areas of general practice, population medicine and healthcare systems. A total of 130 local GP practices are actively involved in clinical teaching. The Division hosts NIHR Fellows in Academic General Practice for both Foundation year doctors and GP trainees.