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23 October 2017 (updated: 01 November 2017)
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EGPRN Conference 2017 - Dublin

Mental Health in Primary Care 

Increasing Public and Patient Involvement in Health Research

Dates: 19-22 October 2017

Venue: Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin

The conference was held in the Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin, and opened by Finian McGrath, Independent TD for Dublin Bay North and Minister of State with Responsibilities for Disability Issues. The international key note speech was given by Professor Amanda Howe, WONCA World President.

The European General Practice Research Network (EGPRN) promotes research excellence and supports researchers in general practice/family medicine. The EGPRN Conference provides a suitable setting in which to discuss and develop research in primary care, to foster and coordinate multinational studies, to exchange experiences and to develop a validated scientific basis for general practice. In addition, EGPRN also offers general practitioners a chance to meet foreign colleagues prompting local and international research collaboration.

Click here for the conference photo gallery

The theme of the Dublin EGPRN Conference, hosted by the ICGP in conjunction with UCD Academic General Practice, was Mental Health in Primary Care - Increasing Public and Patient Involvement in Research. Both the ICGP and UCD have a track record of service programmes and research projects in the area of mental health and related areas, and chose this topic for the conference to further highlight the central role of primary care in the field of mental health, which is a global phenomenon, with policy makers actively encouraging primary care to take a lead role in developing and delivering mental health services.

On the first day (19th), there were two optional pre-conference workshops to share knowledge and advance the skills of GP researchers. The conference then took place on the Friday and Saturday (20th-21st) with keynote speeches from Prof Amanda Howe, UEA, and President of WONCA World (20th); and Prof Andrew Murphy, NUI Galway (21st); and research presentations from delegates (selected in advance via an international peer- review process) in oral, one slide-five minute and poster formats.

Click here for the ICGP's press release for the conference


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