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With pre-conference excitement building before the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) annual scientific meeting in Edinburgh next week, it is encouraging to see the wide range of SPCR presentations accepted from across the School.

University of Edinburgh
University of Edinburgh

SPCR members convening special interest groups include:

Clinical Excellence Awards Meeting: Professor Tony Avery, University of Nottingham
Education Research: Dr Sophie Park, UCL 
Personal Care: Professor Chris Salisbury and Dr Joanne Reeve, University of Bristol and University of Liverpool
Primary Care in Resource Poor Countries: Brian Nicholson, University of Oxford 

Some of the School funded projects being presented include:

Professor Debbie Sharp, SPCR training lead until early 2014 at the University of Bristol, will give the Inaugural Helen Lester Memorial Lecture on 'Motherhood and Mental Illness - thirty years of families in South London'. Among the other presentations from the University of Bristol are: the role of primary care in supporting the reduction of attendees to emergency departments by Leah Bowen; improving the management of patients with multimorbidity by Mei-See Man; the development of a model of outcomes in primary care by Mairead Murphy; and unplanned hospital admissions for people with heart failure by Rosemary Simmonds.

University of Southampton's Felicity Bishop will discuss the CATcH_P project in 'Developing a taxonomy of techniques to harness the placebo effect in UK primary care' and 'Disconnects between clinical guidelines and real world practices'. 

Keele University research includes a study on the CANDID project looking at symptom interpretation and decision-making processes in patients with lung or colorectal cancer by Sarah McLachlin; a qualitative study of health related quality of life in gout by Jennifer Liddle; and, understanding musculoskeletal conditions by Dan Green.

From the University of Birmingham, Grace Moran will present her doctoral research on cognitive and psychological impairment following a mini stroke; and Clare Taylor will discuss the incidence and survival of patients with heart failure in general practice. Debbie McCahon is presenting an elevator pitch from her research 'The experience of an online self-support registry for patients self-managing/monitoring their oral anticoagulation therapy.'

Sophie Park from UCL will talk about her SPCR funded study in a presentation entitled: 'Meta-ethnography of student and patient perspectives of undergraduate medical education in the UK general practice setting.'

The University of Oxford will see presentations from Daniel Lasserson on the diagnosis and monitoring of chronic kidney disease in primary care; Eleanor Brunt will discuss proteinuria self-testing in pregnancy; and Carole Crawford and Lisa Hinton will talk on self-monitoring of blood pressure during pregnancy - part of  the BuMP study.

Among the researchers from the University of Nottingham, Carol Coupland will present on anti-depressant use and the risk of cardiovascular outcomes; Trevor Hill on anti-depressants and the risk of epilepsy or seizures; and Kate Marsden will talk about a patient safety toolkit for General Practice. Vlad Berdunov will discuss his doctoral research investigating if follow-up monitoring of cardiovascular medication therapy in UK primary care. Jaspal Taggar will talk about his systematic review of accuracy methods for diagnosing Atrial Fibrilation.

From the University of Manchester, Pete Bower will discuss whether patient experiences of multimorbidity predict self-management and health outcomes; and, doctoral student Abigail Methley, the experiences of both patients of multiple schlerosis and primary care professionals, and the role of primary care.

The SAPC conference brochure is now available here.
Conference programme.  

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