Health policy & systems
A cross-department theme of primary care research in Oxford
A key aim of all research in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences is to inform health policy through evidence-based research. This supports healthcare systems to develop in cost-effective ways that suit their patients.
In the past five years, our research has changed NICE clinical guidelines in many areas, including research that has identified signs of serious illness in children, enhanced the diagnostic pathways for diabetes, heart failure and for hypertension, improved the recognition and treatment of stroke risk in atrial fibrillation, and altered health policy on the management of Type 2 diabetes, and smoking cessation to name but a few.
As well as research on health interventions to shape policy in primary care, we also have programmes of work looking more broadly at the health and social care sector, such as The Centre for Health Service Economics and Organisation and the Value Based Healthcare group.