Evidence Synthesis Working Group

The NIHR School for Primary Care Research Evidence Synthesis Working Group (ESWG) is a collaboration of all nine primary care research centres that are members of the School. 

Primary care is increasingly under pressure to meet the demands of an ageing population and to transform care, with more done in the community. This is against a backdrop of ensuring that new technologies are used while maintaining budgets.

The ESWG has been formed to address important questions relating to these issues to inform effective care in NHS priority areas.

We are funded to deliver an ambitious programme of 20 high quality evidence synthesis reviews under four work streams.

Here at the Centre for Academic Primary Care (CAPC) we are either leading or involved in six reviews across three of these work streams.

Dr Alyson Huntley and Professors Gene Feder and Chris Salisbury are the Bristol leads for the work streams of urgent care and health services redesign.

Other members of the Bristol team are Dr Rupert Payne, Dr Lorna Duncan and Ms Shoba Dawson.

The ESWG has a dedicated training group, for which Dr Alice Malpass is the Bristol lead, providing meta-ethnography expertise.

These reviews will be completed by 2019.

Reviews by work stream

For information about all the reviews and all work streams, see the NIHR School for Primary Care Research Evidence Synthesis Working Group website.

Collectively, the ESWG supports the School's ongoing capacity development programme by providing training in evidence synthesis across the School.

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