Dr Elaine Walsh achieves her PhD and awards for her work

16 Jul 2019

Dr. Elaine Walsh is a GP and lecturer in the Department of General Practice. She was recently awarded a PhD for her work surrounding the issue of medication error at the interface of primary and secondary care supervised by Dr Laura Sahm in the School of Pharmacy, Professor Patricia Kearney in the School of Public Health and Professor Colin Bradley in the Department of General Practice. She has developed a novel patient held medication record in collaboration with a commercial provider of GP software. Initial feasibility testing has demonstrated that this device has potential to reduce medication error.

This work has received three awards:

  • Hugh McGavock Bursary for best abstract (PRIMM conference, London)
  • James McCormick Award for best research project (AUDGPI conference, Dublin)
  • AUDGPI Bursary for best research presentation (AUDGPI conference, Dublin)

The study was published in the British Journal of General Practice in May:

Walsh EK, Sahm LJ, Bradley CP, Dalton K, O’Sullivan K, McCarthy S, Connolly E, Fitzgerald C, Smithson WH, Kerins DM, Byrne D, Kearney PM.

The PHARMS (Patient Held Active Record of Medication Status) Study: a mixed methods feasibility study.

BJGP 2019 DOI:10.3399/bjgp19X702413

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