Primary Care Research Unit (PCRU)
Since its creation at the end of 2018, the
Primary Care Research Unit (PCRU) of the NUHS Department of Family Medicine has been ramping up its research activity to reach more than 25 active projects currently. PCRU has been working with primary care, hospital specialists and basic science colleagues across institutions, organisations and disciplines to explore a variety of areas ranging from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the population, through the management of chronic and infectious diseases, all the way to understanding and detecting mental illness as well as risks to healthy aging.
PCRU strives to reinforce Family Medicine’s role as a frontline care provider in the community by identifying and addressing gaps in current practices as well as improving screening and disease management strategies. Leveraging the large amount of retrospective data available through our partner’s - the National University Polyclinics’ - medical records, PCRU has been investigating disease management patterns and adherence to guidelines in chronic diseases such as chronic kidney disease, diabetes and cancer.
PCRU also aims at delineating the role of the Family Medicine of tomorrow through numerous projects centred around patients and their circle of support, including their families, caregivers and family physicians. By investigating current challenges in vulnerable populations through qualitative and quantitative studies, PCRU is looking for ways to adopt more holistic approaches in Family Medicine, including ways to engage patients and their families in patients’ care and safety.
Finally, PCRU members contribute to education in research within the NUHS Family Medicine Residency, National University Polyclinics and the NUHS Primary Care Network of general practitioners, through workshops, lectures, and mentoring. Many residents and medical students are involved in PCRU’s research every year. PCRU has also created the NUHS Family Medicine Academic Scholars’ Programme in 2020, which gives the opportunity to Family Medicine doctors including private GPs to develop academic skills of teaching and research. Doctors joining the Scholars’ Programme are provided with supervised education and research opportunities, protected time for academic activities, and support to undertake a higher degree in research in the longer term.
Current Research Projects
Grant-Funded Research Projects Publications Family Medicine Academic Scholars' Programme Join the Research Team