Our research seeks to understand and improve the ways that primary care health services work for patients. It focuses on common but hard to manage conditions such as persistent “medically unexplained” physical symptoms, epilepsy and lung disease.

It emphasises the importance of reducing health inequities by matching services to the needs of the most vulnerable in society, including those with high levels of socio-economic deprivation or recent migration.

Our research aims to inform health services about how practitioners should provide care, which practitioners can deliver it, and how they can best be trained.

The research uses a wide range of methods, from large scale data analysis, through in-depth qualitative interviews, to randomised controlled trials. We work in close collaboration with academics in other disciplines from the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) and beyond.

For further information see our individual research profiles via the links below.

Each year we offer BMedSci studentships & Masters dissertations: Studies for 2017-18 include work on COPD in drug misusers and pre-diabetes (with Dr Mitchell and Dr Hodges), social prescribing (Prof Burton and Dr Walton), interpreters in general practice (Dr Lehane) and variation in GP referrals (Prof Burton and Dr Oliver).

We are interested in research collaborations around our key interests including PhD supervision. If you want to find out more, please contact us!

Professor Chris Burton

Dr Jon Dickson

Dr David Lehane

Dr Caroline Mitchell

Dr Liz Walton