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Multimorbidity and polypharmacy: emerging challenges in primary care

A Knowledge Exchange Event

On Thursday 18 July 2013, PHCRIS hosted a knowledge exchange event, The prevalence of multiple long term disorders is on the rise, but our health care delivery, research and education tend to focus on individual diseases. Presented by leading international researcher, Professor Bruce Guthrie and facilitated by Professor Ellen McIntyre.

This presentation brought researchers, practitioners and policy makers together and highlighted the need to develop the capacity of primary care to adapt to the realities of multimorbidity.

Although not included in the video web cast this presentation included a panel discussion with:

  • Associate Professor John Litt, public health physician, GP, and GP Teaching Coordinator, Discipline of General Practice, Flinders University
  • Dr Gillian Caughey, Senior Research Fellow, Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, Sansom Institute for Health Sciences, University of South Australia
  • Ms Lynne Cowan, Director Service Development, SA Health
  • Mr Chris Seiboth, CEO, Central Adelaide and Hills Medicare Local

Professor Bruce Guthrie

Bruce Guthrie is Professor of Primary Care Medicine at the University of Dundee, where he leads the Quality, Safety and Informatics Research Group. His research spans epidemiology, clinical trials and applied work with the NHS to improve quality and safety, and is focused on health service organisation, high risk prescribing and polypharmacy, and multimorbidity. His group have three randomised trials of prescribing improvement interventions currently in progress involving over one third of Scottish general practices. He works closely with NHS Health Improvement Scotland and the Scottish Patient Safety Programme in Primary Care, and is a member of the NICE QOF Indicators Advisory Committee which recommends indicators for UK primary care pay-for-performance. He works as a GP in a socioeconomically deprived ex-mining village.


PHCRIS wishes to acknowledge the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) and the Greater Green Triangle UDRH for the International Visiting Fellowship that made Bruce Guthrie's visit possible.

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