The Evidence Synthesis Working group (ESWG) is a collaboration of all nine primary care member departments of the School of Primary Care Research.
Primary care is increasingly under considerable pressure to meet the demands of an ageing population and to transform care with more done in the community, against a backdrop of ensuring new technologies are used whilst maintaining budgets. To address these issues we have formed a cross-school collaboration to address important questions with the aim of delivering a significant number of high impact systematic reviews to underpin effective care in important priority areas for the NHS.
We are planning to deliver an ambitious program of 20 high quality evidence synthesis reviews under four different work streams.
1. Urgent care interface;
2. End of life care and bereavement;
3. Assessment of new drugs and technologies in chronic disease patients using unpublished data sources;
4. Health service redesign in primary care.
Our aim is to produce high quality reviews that not only test what works, but also determine through the use of novel evidence synthesis methods (such as realist reviews and complex reviews) what works, in what situations, for whom; and identify clinical and methodology gaps that can inform future research, inform policy and develop robust practical interventions for primary care.
Collectively, the ESWG supports the ongoing NIHR SPCR capacity development programme in providing training, across the school, in evidence synthesis. We have a dedicated training group, whose key objectives is to provide training, and propagate best practice, in aspects of the more complex methods needed for evidence synthesis. We are achieving this by creating a number of capacity building activities (SPCR ESWG training and capacity development).
Bristol: Julia Bailey, Gene Feder, Alyson Huntley, Chris Salisbury, Rupert Payne
Cambridge: Stephen Barclay, Isla Kuhn, Ian Wellwood, Anna De Simoni, Duncan Edwards, Jenny Lund, Yang Zhirong
Keele: Richard Riley, Danielle der Windt, Kym Snell, Jo Jordan, Elizabeth Cottrell, Annette Bishop, Bernadette Bartlam
Manchester: Maria Panagioti, Peter Bower, Harm van Marwijk, Evangelos Kontopantelis
Newcastle: Dawn Craig, Louise Robinson, Barbara Hanratty, Alexandra Smith, Terry Lisle
Nottingham: Joe Kai, Nadeem Qureshi
Oxford: Annette Pluddemann, Kamal Mahtani, Richard Hobbs, Geoffrey Wong, Carl Heneghan, Ben Goldacre, Alice Tompson, Igho Onakpoya, Oghenekome Gbinigie, Nia Roberts, Alice Rollinson
Southampton: Beth Stuart
UCL: Sophie Park, Elizabeth Murray, Irwin Nazareth, Jane Wilcox
Training and capacity development
The training and capacity theme is led by five of the ESWG co-applicants and draws on expertise from across the nine SPCR centres.
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