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IDF Diabetes Atlas

Professor Azeem Majeed, MPH Course Director, has been invited to join the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Atlas Committee. The IDF Diabetes Atlas is the authoritative source of evidence on the burden of diabetes for health professionals, scientists, economists, policy-makers, and national and international agencies. The evidence presented in previous editions of the IDF Diabetes Atlas has been used widely by news media, governments, and international organisations such as the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the World Economic Forum.

Brazilian Family Health Strategy Community Health Worker Model

Dr Matthew Harris, Clinical Lecturer in Public Health, has been promoting the work of the Brazilian Family Health Strategy Community Health Worker model at a variety of locations within the UK. Highlights include:

A round table discussion at the RCGP conference in Glasgow, October 2012, with Professor Nigel Mathers (Vice Chair of RCGP) and Professor Martin Marshall (Chair of Ethics RCGP) which appeared in GP Online magazine.A keynote presentation on the Brazil-UK Memorandum of Understanding at Brazil-Bangor University-BCUHB-Wales International Health Symposium on 31 October.A round table discussion at the GP Innovation Forum of NHS London on the 7 November, Earls Court, with Sarb Basi, Managing Director Practice Partners and Ben Richardson, Partner, McKinsey.
The Brazilian Community Health Worker model has now featured in two of Matthew's commentary articles in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine and the London Journal of Primary Care.

In November, he returned to Brazil f…

Qualitative Methods for Health Research

Qualitative Methods for Health Research
Geva Greenfield, Agnieszska Ignatowicz & Jessica D. Jones Nielsen (NIHR Research Design Service, Department of Primary Care & Public Health, Imperial College London)

What is qualitative research? 
Qualitative research allows researchers to investigate phenomenon by broadening and deepening their understanding through description and is used by a variety of disciplines. The strength of qualitative research lies in its ability to provide information about the “human” side of any issue – that is, it seeks to discover the meanings that participants attach to their behaviour, how they interpret and experience situations, and what their views are on particular issues. This methodology has received increasing recognition in health research as it focuses on how patients interpret and describe their experiences and captures their perspectives of healthcare.

What kind of topics can qualitative health research address?

A qualitative study exploring sel…