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Prof Chris Dowrick BA MSc MD CQSW FRCGP

Professor of Primary Medical Care Psychological Sciences

    Research

    Primary mental health care

    Depression in primary care and community settings: critical perspectives on diagnosis and management approaches; role of primary care; impact of psychosocial interventions; patient-based outcomes.
    Medically unexplained symptoms in primary care: diagnostic issues; impact of doctor-patient communication on genesis and persistence of symptoms; efficacy of reattribution techniques in reducing disability and symptoms; links with chronic fatigue syndrome.
    Improving primary mental health care for marginalised groups, locally and globally
    Understanding concepts of the self and how they impact on primary care consultations

    Research Group Membership
    Research Grants
    • Feasibility study for a proposed trial of an evidence-based low intensity psychosocial intervention delivered by lay therapists for asylum seekers and refugees(PROSPER).
    • REviewing long term anti-Depressant Use by Careful monitoring in Everyday practice (REDUCE) programme
    • European Refugees - Human Movement and Advisory Network (EUR-HUMAN).
    • PANDA: What are the indications for prescribing antidepressant that will lead to clinical benefit?
    • Facilitate public led research into inequalities in mental health care
    • Research into Implementation Strategies to support patients of different Origins and Language background in a Variety of European primary care settings (RESTORE)
    • Clara e burgess charity trust.
    • Patients influence on treatment decisions when physical symptoms are present without physical pathology.
    • Placebos and antidepressants.
    • Mental health needs in patients with advanced cancer - implications for primary health care teams.
    • The Prosocial Place Programme: Pilot Studies.
    • Anxiety, depressive symptoms and the dental patient; opportunities for interprofessional collaboration in Primary Health Care.
    • Development and validation of a tool to predict the likelihood of emergency admission in older people.
    • Palliative medicine.
    • Exploratory RCT of Training General Practitioners to Manage Patients with Persistent Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUST).
    • Value in People Award 2005.
    • A R&D programme to increase equity of access to high quality mental health services in primary care
    • What are the indications for prescribing antidepressants that will lead to a clinical benefit?
    • Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Programme - Laura Benjamin
    • Randomised controlled trial to determine the cost-effectiveness of fluoxetine for mild to moderate depression with somatic symptoms in primary care.
    • Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Programme - Emma Wall
    • Systematic review of non-treatment antidepressant placebo characteristics: SNAP.
    • Exploratory RCT of Training General Practitioners to Manage Patients with Persistent Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUST).
    • Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Programme - Peter MacPherson
    • NIHR Senior Investigator Award
    • A randomised controlled trial of nurse facilitated self-help treatment for patients in primary care with chronic fatigue syndrome (FINE).
    • Randomised controlled trial of nurse led self-help treatment for primary care patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (FINE).
    • Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Programme - Christopher Moxon
    • Prof Dowrick Research Support (RCF Funding - NIHR Senior Investigator)
    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME) Interventions within the Primary Care Setting: Developing Reseources for Support
    • MerseyBeat - Best Evidence, Application and Translation of research
    • Merseybeat 2: What people attend A&E due to mental health problems? An analysis over a 1 year period in Liverpool
    • Wellcome Trust Clinical PHD Programme - Jamie Rylance
    • Wellcome Trust Clinical PHD Programme - Derek Sloan
    • North West Research Management and Government Network (MaGNet)
    • Cancer Experience Collaborative.
    • Patients` influence on treatment decisions when physical symptoms are presented without physical pathology.
    Research Collaborations

    Tony Kendrick

    External: University of Southampton

    Kendrick T, Dowrick C, Lester H, Sharp D, Gask L, Tylee A, Howe A, Gilbody S, et
    al. Diagnosis and treatment of depression in general practice in England following
    the introduction of financial incentives for case-finding and assessment with
    validated measures of severity: an observational study of practitioner behaviour in
    three parts. Lilly, Servier, Lundbeck and Wyeth, £70,000. 2007-2008.

    John Cape

    External: UCL, UK

    Cape J, Barker C, Pistrang N, Buszewicz M, Salmon P,Dowrick C. Negotiating
    understanding of mental health problems in GP psychological consultations: a
    qualitative study of patients’ and doctors’ perspectives using
    tape-assisted recall. .NoCLoR, £26,000. 2006-2007

    Frances Mair

    External: University of Glasgow

    Mair F, J Cavanagh, J McMurray, F Sullivan, Dowrick C, A McConnachie, L Blue, I
    Findlay. A pilot study of depressive symptoms in heart failure in the community.
    NHS Scotland, £39,952.2006-2007

    Jane Gunn

    External: University of Melbourne

    Gunn J, Kokanovich R, Dowrick C, Herrman H, May C, Furler J. Extending RE-ORDER: cross cultural components. Beyond blue – Australian national depression initiative. AUS$ 99,689. 2006-7

    Jane Gunn, Kelsey Hegarty

    External: University of Melbourne

    Gunn J, Hegarty K, Hurworth R, Gilchrist G, Pierce D, Griffiths F, Blashki G, Griffiths
    K, Dowrick C, Pond D, Mihalopoulos C, Kyrios M, Herrman H. RE-ORDER: Re-organising care for depression and related disorders in the Australian primary health
    care setting. Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute Stream Three Grant,
    AUS $867,005. 2005-2008


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