Primary Care Research Unit (PCRU)
To build manpower capacity and research skills’ capability for the Department of Family Medicine, the PCRU was established in February 2019. The PCRU was formed to also establish local and international research collaborations in primary care. An advisory group of key research leaders from NUS and primary care helped PCRU develop a programme encompassing research themes relevant to primary health care both locally and globally.
PCRU brings together researchers from general practice, aged care, cancer care, biostatistics, health informatics, medical education, nutrition and psychology. We work with hospital specialist and basic science colleagues across institutions, organisations and disciplines.
Our current research programmes focus on health services delivery, clinical medicine, behavioural sciences and health informatics. We are particularly interested in healthcare service questions in diabetes, cardiovascular diseases (including chronic kidney disease), cancer care, mental health and healthy longevity. We will focus energy on disadvantaged and underserved populations. Our medical education focus is on medical humanism and innovative educational pedagogies.
Launched in February 2020, the NUHS Family Medicine Academic Scholars’ Programme trains Family Medicine doctors in the academic skills of teaching and research. In 2020, the department had two doctors from National University Polyclinics joining the Scholars’ Programme. They are provided with supervised education and research opportunities, with support to undertake a higher degree in research.
To build capability, PCRU undertakes research educational roles within the NUHS Family Medicine Residency, National University Polyclinics and the NUHS Primary Care Network of general practitioners. Additionally, we are able to leverage on undergraduate/postgraduate networks to match residents and medical students with existing research projects in the department.