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Post-doctoral Researchers

Dr Paul Barr

Research fellow: Paul Barr


Academic background

BSc (Hons) in Psychology, Queens University of Belfast, 2004

MSc Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2005

Advanced biostatistics, Graduate Summer Institute of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, John Hopkins, 2008.

PhD (Health Services Research), Queen’s University Belfast, 2010

Research fellow (Geography), Queen’s University Belfast, 2008-2009

Area of research

The main aim of the research programme is to investigate the role of the pharmacist in the provision of 'Connected Healthcare' to patients with cardiovascular conditions in Northern Ireland.  Connected healthcare is a form of collaborative care, where patients with chronic conditions and health professionals work in a partnership, promoting self-management of disease.  This is done through the use of asynchronous remote monitoring of the signs and symptoms of patients in their own environment, via telecommunications and the Internet.  Connected healthcare is seen as one approach of dealing with the projected increased demands likely to be placed on the health services through population ageing.  Benefits to the patient may include improved management of chronic disease and increased independence.

Chief Investigators

Professor Carmel Hughes & Professor James McElnay

Period of fellowship

November 2009 to October 2012