Primary care is usually the first point of contact for people when they need health advice or treatment
It’s the first stop for symptoms that are new or for concerns about physical or mental health. It is provided by GPs and other health care professionals (such as practice nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists).
Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.
This briefing helps to explain what the implementation of primary care networks (PCNs) will mean for health and care in England, and highlights some of the opportunities and challenges with implementi...
Dr Matt Willis leads a study exploring the potential for automation in primary care at the University of Oxford. He told us about the seven key areas where using technology could help practices and fr...
A multidisciplinary analytics action learning set to improve GP appointment systems using discrete event simulation
This project will build analytical capacity in discrete event simulation (DES) in the GP setting, involving a case study site in the West Midlands, an applied skills development programme for analysts...
Social inequalities and primary care networks: realising the potential through advancing data and analytics
Better data linkage across primary care and other community-based services has the potential to help reduce socioeconomic inequalities. Data linkage could enrich our understanding of a patient’s socia...
Primary care networks (PCNs) went live on 1 July 2019. Despite their potential to improve primary care, how they’ll develop, and what changes patients can expect to notice remains unclear. Dr Rebecca ...
Quantifying health workers’ retention in primary care, its variability and association with outcomes
Research project examining how retention of GPs and nurses has changed over time, and mapping its regional variability, using databases of routinely collected administrative data.
If the future of primary care is digital, the approach to it must meet the needs of a diverse population with varying health conditions.
The newly emerging PCNs provide an opportunity to tackle health inequalities in England but they will have to be careful to avoid perpetuating the problem.
Project that will use behavioural insights methods to optimise health care workers’ medication prescribing and use choices, improve understanding of patient experience, and prioritise medication safet...
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