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20 August 2021 (updated: 14 February 2024)
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The following is a listing of links to freely available, useful reports, news stories, articles and websites on GP Data sources for reference purposes. It may be useful for researchers looking to compile statistics on general practice.

REPORTS

Terms of Reference for a Strategic Review of General Practice (Department of Health, April 2023)
https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/701f8-terms-of-reference-for-a-strategic-review-of-general-practice/

Shaping the Future: a discussion paper on the workforce & workload crisis in General Practice in Ireland (ICGP Working Group on Workforce Planning, 2022)
https://www.icgp.ie/go/library/catalogue/item/25610FDF-72D6-49AE-B57126453F6B2E6A

Structure of General Practice in Ireland 1982 – 2015 (TCD & ICGP, 2016)
https://www.tcd.ie/medicine/public_health_primary_care/assets/pdf/structure-of-general-practice-2016.pdf

Structure of General Practice in Ireland 1982-2005 (TCD & ICGP, 2006)
https://www.tcd.ie/medicine/public_health_primary_care/assets/pdf/GP_Structure.pdf

Changes in the structure of Irish General Practice over the past decade: 1982-1992 (ICGP, 1994)
https://www.icgp.ie/go/library/catalogue/item/8BFB7C84-CAD7-446B-B299837D842971A0

Health Service Capacity Review 2018: Review of Health Demand and Capacity Requirements in Ireland to 2031 (Department of Health, 2018)
https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/26df2d-health-service-capacity-review-2018/?referrer=http://www.health.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Health-Service-Capacity-Review-2018-Executive-Report.pdf

Slaintecare Report (Committee on the Future of Healthcare, May 2017)
https://assets.gov.ie/22609/e68786c13e1b4d7daca89b495c506bb8.pdf

Medical workforce planning: Future Demand for GPs 2015 - 2025 (HSE, 2015)
https://www.hse.ie/eng/staff/leadership-education-development/met/plan/gp-medical-workforce-planning-report-sept-2015.pdf

Competition in Professional Services: General Medical Practitioners (The Competition Authority, 2010)
https://www.ccpc.ie/business/research/market-studies/report-general-medical-practitioners/

National Survey of General Practice: Final Report (ICGP, 2000)
https://www.lenus.ie/handle/10147/336012

Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Programme:

First Report of the Structured Chronic Disease Management Programme in General Practice (HSE, March 2022)
https://www.lenus.ie/handle/10147/634245

The Second Report of the Structured Chronic Disease Management Treatment Programme in General Practice (HSE, March 2023)
https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/publications/the-second-report-of-the-structured-chronic-disease-management-treatment-programme-in-general-practice.pdf

GP Training:

Annual Medical Retention Report (NDTP, 2024)
https://www.hse.ie/eng/staff/leadership-education-development/met/plan/annual-retention-report-2023.pdf

Medical Student to General Practitioner: An urgent call to action - From the Association of University Departments of General Practice in Ireland and Irish College of General Practitioners (AUDGPI/ICGP, 2023)
https://www.icgp.ie/go/library/catalogue/item/1688F045-AC00-49A8-834F3848614B3B90

A National Census of Irish General Practice Training Programme Graduates 1997 – 2003 (TCD & ICGP, 2008)
https://www.icgp.ie/go/library/catalogue/item/6D0DA6D2-C8A5-41F6-8AF8E030C02AF1F5

ESRI:

Extending eligibility for general practitioner care in Ireland: cost implications (ESRI Research Series, Jan 2023) 
https://www.esri.ie/publications/extending-eligibility-for-general-practitioner-care-in-ireland-cost-implications

An Analysis of the Primary Care Systems of Ireland and Northern Ireland (ESRI, Connolly et al. March 2022)
https://www.esri.ie/system/files/publications/RS137_0.pdf

Projections of Expenditure for Primary, Community and Long-term Care in Ireland, 2019-2035, based on the Hippocrates Model (ESRI, Walsh et al. July 2021)
https://www.esri.ie/system/files/publications/RS126_0.pdf

Geographic Profile of Healthcare Needs and Non-acute Healthcare Supply in Ireland (ESRI, Smith et al. July 2019) 
https://www.esri.ie/pubs/RS90.pdf

Projections of Demand for Healthcare in Ireland, 2015-2030: First Report from the Hippocrates Model (ESRI, Wren et al. October 2017)
https://www.esri.ie/publications/projections-of-demand-for-healthcare-in-ireland-2015-2030-first-report-from-the

Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service (IGEES):

Spending Review 2022: An Analysis of Medical Workforce Supply (Research Services & Policy Unit, Department of Health; Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service, March 2023)
https://www.gov.ie/pdf/?file=https://assets.gov.ie/249867/7a64955e-87f0-4d04-9c1c-7f3248983e63.pdf

Staff Paper 2016: Primary Care (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, July 2016)
https://www.gov.ie/pdf/?file=https://assets.gov.ie/216258/b008bd26-e6d4-4e15-beef-091eb398fe07.pdf

Staff Paper 2015: Medical Workforce Analysis: Ireland and the European Union compared (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, 2015)
https://www.gov.ie/pdf/?file=https://assets.gov.ie/216264/05ec7ced-93f3-41ad-9d0a-56fa5090b06a.pdf

ARTICLES

Forum May 2023 GP Workforce: Mike O'Callaghan says using data to promote the development of general practice has never been more important
https://www.icgp.ie/go/library/forum?spid=6DD55618-6F6C-4D63-982189CCD165B8A2

Forum April 2023 Membership Survey: Helen McVeigh reviews the results of the recent College membership survey
https://www.icgp.ie/go/library/forum?spid=BCDA3CE8-1E5B-4191-B89A29A4D12BD8EF

Forum March 2022 Insight: Claire Collins examines the findings from the latest ICGP member survey
https://www.icgp.ie/go/library/forum?spid=B9DE91FF-2A6A-445D-9F30565049D3326B

Forum June 2021 Research: Claire Collins presents the latest profile of the Irish GP workforce
https://www.icgp.ie/go/library/forum?spid=02A70A9D-F939-4C0A-9026D98F0A9D57A2

Forum January/February 2020 Feature: A key challenge in the next three years will be finding ways of training an extra 300 GPs annually, writes Claire Collins 
https://www.icgp.ie/go/library/forum?spid=C13431C0-013E-4E1A-9D8C42113AFD20F1

Murphy AW, Moran D, Smith SM, Wallace E, Glynn L et al. Supporting Medical Students Towards Future Careers in General Practice: A Quantitative Study of Irish Medical Schools. IMJ 2022 October; 115 (9): 671.
https://www.imj.ie/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Supporting-Medical-Students-Towards-Future-Careers-in-General-Practice-A-Quantitative-Study-of-Irish-Medical-Schools-1.pdf

Collins, C., Homeniuk, R. How many general practice consultations occur in Ireland annually? Cross-sectional data from a survey of general practices. BMC Fam Pract 22, 40 (2021). 
https://doi.org/10.1186/s12875-021-01377-0

Homeniuk R, Collins C. How COVID-19 has affected general practice consultations and income: general practitioner cross-sectional population survey evidence from Ireland. BMJ Open 2021;11:e044685. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2020-044685 
http://bmjopen.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bmjopen-2020-044685

Say R, Collins J, Holmes K, Lucey J, Murphy S et al. A study of GP workload and satisfaction. IMJ 2021 July/August; 114 (7): 404.
http://imj.ie/a-study-of-gp-workload-and-satisfaction/

Bury G, Twomey L, Egan M. General practice nursing: the views and experience of practice nurses and GPs in one county. Ir J Med Sci. 2021 Feb;190(1):193-196. doi: 10.1007/s11845-020-02265-9. Epub 2020 May 28. PMID: 32462492.
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11845-020-02265-9

Crosbie B, O'Callaghan ME, O'Flanagan S, Brennan D, Keane G, Behan W. A real-time measurement of general practice workload in the Republic of Ireland: a prospective study. Br J Gen Pract. 2020 Jun 25;70(696):e489-e496. doi: 10.3399/bjgp20X710429. PMID: 32482628; PMCID: PMC7274543.
https://bjgp.org/content/70/696/e489.long

Pierse T, Barry L, Glynn L, Quinlan D, Murphy A, O'Neill C. A pilot study of the duration of GP consultations in Ireland. Pilot Feasibility Stud. 2019 Dec 1;5:142. doi: 10.1186/s40814-019-0532-4. PMID: 31819804; PMCID: PMC6886172.
https://pilotfeasibilitystudies.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40814-019-0532-4

Molony D, Beame C, Behan W, Crowley J, Dennehy T, Quinlan M, Cullen W. 70,489 primary care encounters: retrospective analysis of morbidity at a primary care centre in Ireland. Ir J Med Sci. 2016 Nov;185(4):805-811. doi: 10.1007/s11845-015-1367-5. Epub 2015 Nov 19. PMID: 26584550.
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11845-015-1367-5

Murphy M, Brodie G, Byrne S, Bradley C. An observational study of public and private general practitioner consultations in the Republic of Ireland. Ir J Med Sci. 2015 Mar;184(1):147-52. doi: 10.1007/s11845-014-1078-3. Epub 2014 Feb 20. PMID: 24554205.
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11845-014-1078-3

Teljeur C, Tyrrell E, Kelly A, O'Dowd T, Thomas S. Getting a handle on the general practice workforce in Ireland. Ir J Med Sci. 2014 Jun;183(2):207-13. doi: 10.1007/s11845-013-0991-1. Epub 2013 Jul 31. PMID: 23900944.
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11845-013-0991-1 

Behan W, Molony D, Beamer C, Cullen W. Are Irish adult general practice consultation rates as low as official records suggest? A cross sectional study at six general practices. Ir Med J. 2013 Nov-Dec;106(10):297-9. PMID: 24579407.
http://archive.imj.ie//ViewArticleDetails.aspx?ArticleID=13077

Coyle E, Hanley K, Sheerin J. Who goes where? A prospective study of referral patterns within a newly established primary care team. Ir J Med Sci. 2011 Dec;180(4):845-9. doi: 10.1007/s11845-011-0724-2. Epub 2011 Jun 12. PMID: 21667328.
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11845-011-0724-2

Nugent A, Black N, Parsons B, Smith S, Murphy AW. A national census of Irish general practice training programme graduates 1990-1996. Ir Med J. 2003 Jan;96(1):10-2. PMID: 12617435.
http://archive.imj.ie//ViewArticleDetails.aspx?ArticleID=141

Gabhainn SN, Murphy AW, Kelleher C. A national general practice census: characteristics of rural general practices. Fam Pract. 2001 Dec;18(6):622-6. doi: 10.1093/fampra/18.6.622. PMID: 11739350.
https://academic.oup.com/fampra/article/18/6/622/516262

NEWS REPORTS

Call to get more doctors to work in general practice (RTE News, 4th Mar 2023)
https://www.rte.ie/news/health/2023/0304/1360271-gps/

Doctors call for urgent action to tackle GP shortages (Irish Examiner, 4th Mar 2023)
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-41084935.html

Thousands more GPs needed in Ireland to deal with 'workforce crisis' (Dublin Live, 13th Jan 2023)
https://www.dublinlive.ie/news/health/thousands-more-gps-needed-ireland-25964910

Extra 120 GPs needed to extend free care to children aged seven and eight, conference told: Call for 40 per cent more GPs to fix 'massive workforce crisis' (Irish Times, 13th October 2022)
https://www.irishtimes.com/health/2022/10/13/extra-120-gps-needed-to-extend-free-care-to-children-aged-seven-and-eight-conference-told/

Rural GP Shortage: avoiding the abyss (Irish Farmers Journal, 28th September 2022)
https://www.farmersjournal.ie/rural-gp-shortage-avoiding-the-abyss-722599

The 'workhorses' of the health service: How Ireland's GPs are under increasing pressure right now (Thejournal.ie, 11th May 2022)
https://www.thejournal.ie/shortage-of-gps-in-ireland-5758511-May2022/

Patients face entirely new model of GP care post-Covid: but where are all the GPs? (Irish Examiner, 10th Oct 2021)
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/spotlight/arid-40716254.html

One in 10 rural GPs work late hours (Irish Medical Times, 2nd June 2020) 
https://www.imt.ie/news/one-10-rural-gps-work-late-hours-02-06-2020/

FactCheck: Are there 1,000 more GPs in Ireland than five years ago? (The Journal.ie, Jan 21st 2020)
https://www.thejournal.ie/number-of-gps-working-in-ireland-4965342-Jan2020/

Breakdown: Average number of public patients per GPs across the country (The Journal.ie, April 22nd 2018)
https://www.thejournal.ie/gp-breakdown-country-3971888-Apr2018/ 

WEBSITES

eHealth Ireland - Ireland's Health Data at your fingertips
https://data.ehealthireland.ie/

CSO Statistics Health
https://www.cso.ie/en/statistics/health/

Department of Health – Health Research & Statistics
https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/3c5bc8-health-research-and-statistics/

Department of Health – Health in Ireland: Key Trends 2022 (1st Dec 2022)
https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/fdc2a-health-in-ireland-key-trends-2022/

Department of Health – Healthy Ireland Survey
https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/231c02-healthy-ireland-survey-wave/

HSE Research - Data Sources
https://hseresearch.ie/data-sources/

HSE Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS) – Annual Reports & Reporting
https://www.hse.ie/eng/staff/pcrs/pcrs-publications/

HSE - National Doctors and Training Unit (NDTP) - Medical Workforce Planning
https://www.hse.ie/eng/staff/leadership-education-development/met/plan/

Medical Council – Workforce Intelligence Reports
https://www.medicalcouncil.ie/news-and-publications/publications/

OECD Health – Ireland
https://www.oecd.org/ireland/bytopic/health/

OECD.Stat
https://stats.oecd.org/index.aspx?DataSetCode=HEALTH_STAT

WHO Data and Statistics
https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/Health-systems/health-workforce/data-and-statistics

Pfizer Health & Science Index 2022
https://www.pfizer.ie/media/new-research-shows-covid-19-and-other-concerns-impacting-access-to-healthcare

RCSI Health Workforce Research Group
http://www.healthworkforceireland.com/

 

 

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