Primary care research and teaching
The Primary Care Unit is part of the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge, one of Europe’s premier university departments of population health sciences.
Through our primary care research and teaching, we aim to:
- identify and target the behaviours that lead to chronic disease;
- improve early detection of disease;
- improve the quality of health services;
- deliver first class teaching to medical students, clinicians, researchers and educators.
- We have five research themes: Behaviour and Health, Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes, Cancer, Health Services Research and End of Life Care.
Professor Stephen Morris is Head of Unit and our senior research leaders are Professor Stephen Barclay, Dr Richard Darnton, Professor Christi Deaton, Associate Professor Robbie Duschinsky, Professor Simon Griffin, Professor Jonathan Mant, Professor Theresa Marteau, Assistant Professor Anna Spathis, Professor Stephen Sutton, Assistant Professor Juliet Usher-Smith.
Research related to COVID-19
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We train medical students in primary care settings and teach applied clinical research, social and ethical contexts and much more.
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Research Alert: Life after stroke – what do people need and what’s the role of primary care?
Developing primary care services for stroke survivors: learning from The Improving Primary Care After Stroke (IPCAS) research programme As stroke survival improves, longer term care becomes increasingly important. But the long term needs…
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GP perspectives on supervising medical students remotely vary across GP teaching practices in the east of England
Dr Richard Darnton discusses his latest research, published in Medical Teacher, January 2023. UK medical students spend much of their training based in primary care centres undertaking consultations with patients under the watchful…
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Proactive breast cancer risk assessment in primary care: a review based on the principles of screening
In the UK, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that women at moderate or high risk of breast cancer be offered risk-reducing medication and enhanced breast screening/surveillance. In June…
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