General Practice Medicine

Our major research area reflects the single most frquent health care intervention and the most common clinical decicion made in general practice, namely prescribing of medications. Our aim is to identify medical needs in this field and to addresses GP's prescription practice in various ways in order to improve the quality of care.

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About the group

Our unit is made up by three interwoven groups: The internally funded university section, and two externally funded research groups, namely the General Practice Research Unit (Norwegian: Allmennmedisinsk forskningsenhet, AFE) and the Antibiotic Centre for Primary Care (Norwegian: Antibiotikasenteret for primærmedisin, ASP).

Projects

Our major research area reflects the single most frquent health care intervention and the most common clinical decicion made in general practice, namely prescribing of medications. Our aim is to identify medical needs in this field and to addresses GP's prescription practice in various ways in order to improve the quality of care.

Our main activities in this field focuses on the appropriate uses of antibiotics, Psychotropics, medication use for elderly (both out-patients and in the nursing home setting), for children and adolescents. In the nursing home setting, we also run an intervention study focussing on intravenous antibiothics and fluid supplementation. Other targeted issues are medication overuse for primary prevention, hormone therapy during menopause, and medication overuse headache. Identification of and intervention towards vitamin D deficiency, and more optimal medication use for chronic diseases like asthma, COPD, cronic heart failure and diabetes are also issues we address by our current research.

Other research projects are based on (national) registry-data, population serveys or questionnaire-studies.

Cooperation

We do have research collaboration with other research groups within our institute, faculty and university. Increasingly we collaborate with hospital based researchers. We have had a longstanding collaboration with the National Institute og Health and with our corresponding units at the other Norwegian medical faculties.

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Published Apr. 3, 2011 5:10 PM - Last modified May 31, 2016 1:37 PM