General Practice and Primary Care
General Practice and Primary Care (GPPC) at the University of Glasgow has 34 academic and research staff and 11 support staff. Our research group is located within the Institute of Health and Wellbeing which brings together the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, research groups in mental health, public health, health economics, and the Robertson Centre for Biostatistics, as well as the Glasgow Clinical Trials Unit, into an interdisciplinary grouping of over 200 staff benefiting from frequent and regular seminar programmes and thematic workshops. Doctoral training is a high priority, and the institute has a current headcount of well over 100 students.
GPPC has two complementary and overlapping research themes:
- Multiple morbidity, complex care needs and deprivation (early years to end of life);
- The organisation and implementation of care.
Within theme one, multiple morbidity, complex care needs, and inequalities, our research focuses predominantly on studies describing the nature, extent and experience of multiple morbidity in primary care and that explore the impact of multimorbidity, deprivation and complex care needs in primary care on health outcomes over time. We also develop and evaluate interventions that help individuals and families with multiple problems. We lead the Scottish School of Primary Care’s flagship programme of multimorbidity research.
Within theme two, the organisation and implementation of care, our research focuses on health policy applicability in Scotland, the UK and internationally and the effects of health policies on patients and professionals with a particular interest in skill mix and the role of boundaries within and across professional groups. We have a particular interest in the development of anticipatory approaches to health and the implementation and integration of complex service innovations (e.g. e-Health services). Both themes use mixed methods and we lay emphasis on the use of theory, with a particular interest in Normalization Process Theory and issues of candidacy.