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.
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.
Urgent care interface
Bristol lead: Dr Alyson Huntley
- Does health and social care provision for the community-dwelling older population help to reduce unplanned secondary care, support timely appropriate discharge, and improve patient wellbeing?: A mixed method meta-review of systematic reviews. (Bristol, Newcastle, Manchester)
- Does advanced care planning for older people help to reduce unplanned hospital admissions and improve quality of life?: A systematic review. (Newcastle, Bristol)
- The effectiveness of triage, self-referral and direct access services for patients with musculoskeletal pain: A systematic review. (Keele, Bristol)
- What are predictors of unplanned admissions in older people?: A prognosis systematic review. (Keele, Bristol, Oxford)
New drugs and technologies
Bristol lead: Dr Rupert Payne
- The role of genetics in primary care: A summary of barriers and attitudes towards genetics in primary care, and a review of therapeutic areas with potential to benefit from genetic profiling.
Health service redesign
Collectively, the ESWG supports the School's ongoing capacity development programme by providing training in evidence synthesis across the School.