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€3 million boost for primary care research

26 Mar 2015

The Health Research Board (HRB) has awarded €3 million in funding for research meant to enhance the delivery of primary care in Ireland.

The award made to the HRB Centre for Primary Care at the Department of General Practice at the RCSI last week will go towards research in a number of areas including the safe use of medicines, improved diagnosis, and more effective delivery of primary care.

Announcing the funding, Dr Graham Love, Chief Executive at the HRB, said: “Effective primary care means better outcomes for patients and less pressure on acute services. To be effective, it must be informed by research. This €3 million investment by the HRB underlines the importance being put on primary care interventions nationally.”

Prof Tom Fahey, Professor of General Practice, HRB Centre for Primary Care Research, Department of General Practice, RCSI added: “Our programme of primary care research is already having a great impact to improve primary care, and primary care research in Ireland.

“To date, we have created an international register of over 400 clinical prediction rules that help GPs to better diagnose patients and we have collaborated on the development of an infrastructure for GPs and their patients to contribute to research projects in real time. We have also identified and pilot tested an intervention to reduce potentially inappropriate prescribing at the point of patient care which could save several million euros on our prescription bills.”

This new phase of funding will see the centre focus on areas such as clinical decision support systems, clinical prediction rules and multimorbidity.

The HRB Centre for Primary Care Research at the RCSI was originally established in 2008 with a €5 million award from the HRB.

june.shannon@imt.ie

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