Effective primary care is of particular importance in resource-poor countries. Effective delivery of vaccinations, maternal care, and treatment of common diseases such as malaria, is essential for the achievement of the United Nations Millenium Development goals.
Our researchers work with academic institutions, non-governmental organisations and government agencies across the globe (including Africa, China and India) to support delivery of high-quality primary care through policy development and research.
For example, through an innovative partnership, researchers in the department have been utilising South Africa's mobile phone network to bead hypertension in the region. We have also been trialling the use of confidential enquiry - a method of investigating adverse events without attributing blame - into child and maternal deaths in Uganda and Mali.
Several of our DPhil students are undertaking work in low-and-middle-income countries, including preventing and managing cardiovascular risk in Kenya (Tonny Muthee), enhancing adherence to HIV medication in South Africa (Jienchi Doward), a comparison of the epidemiology of childhood deaths in rural South Africa (Jessica Price) and reducing Tuberculosis transmission in South Africa (Helene-Mari van der Westhuizen).
17 April 2020
Researchers from Oxford University are now enrolling participants into the first clinical trial of potential COVID-19 treatments to take place in GP practices.
14 April 2020
Researchers from University of Oxford's Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences have played a key role in developing rapid guidance on managing suspected or confirmed pneumonia in adults in the community.
13 December 2019
On average, countries implemented just under half of the 18 non-communicable disease (NCD) policies recommended by WHO in 2017, and implementation is slowly improving over time.
Senior Qualitative Researcher Dr Suman Prinjha, with Project Support Assistant Nasima Miah from the University of Leicester, and Professor of General Practice Andrew Farmer write about a knowledge exchange workshop for patients, public, researchers and health professionals to discuss South Asian narratives of diabetes and what future research should explore. The project was funded by a University of Oxford KE Seed Fund award.
Nick Fahy is a senior researcher and consultant in health policy and systems at the University of Oxford. He also blogs about health and Brexit at www.nickfahy.org
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