Society for Academic Primary Care Conference 2011

Between the 6th and 8th July Professor Niro Siriwardena and Fiona Togher attended the 40th annual scientific meeting of the Society for Academic Primary care. Two posters were presented during the poster sessions entitled “Effectiveness of an educational intervention for general practice teams to deliver problem focused therapy for insomnia: pilot cluster randomised trial” and “Effect of a quality improvement programme on leadership, innovation and use of quality improvement methods in general practice”. Both of these posters described and explained the findings of streams of work that had been encompassed within the Resources for Effective Sleep Treatment (REST) project.

Additionally Professor Siriwardena also gave an oral presentation of a study led by Zowie Davy entitled “Quantitative versus Qualitative notions of validity: investigating the validity of PSYCHLOPS as a patient outcome measure in trials of insomnia and sleep problems”. This presentation was very well received by the audience and generated a lot of interesting questions around the topic of outcome measures and validity testing.

The conference programme consisted of several parallel sessions during which presenters talked about the findings of their recently carried out research (at the pre-publication stage) and delegates could select which subjects they would find most interesting and informative to their own future research. The parallel session streams to choose from included; Research Methods, Musculoskeletal, Cardiovascular disease and Diabetes among many others.

Attendance at the conference was thoroughly enjoyable and was also a good opportunity to inform colleagues from other institutions about the Primary Care research that is being undertaken within the University of Lincoln.

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