The PRIME study: PRImary care MEntal health: Interventions to address inequalities in mental health in primary care, systematic review (2021-2022)
Funder: North of England Commissioning Support (NECS) (NHS), Research Capability Fund, £43,029
Study team: Sarah Sowden, Jo Wildman, Katie Thomson, Clare Bambra, Madeleine Still and Louise Tanner
About this project
The PRIME Study was developed from preliminary research undertaken with some of our region’s CCG Medical Directors, findings from research with primary care staff working in our region’s ‘Deep End’ GP practices and a rapid review of CCG health inequalities strategy documents.
A central finding of this preliminary work was a need for knowledge of evidence-based strategies to address health inequalities in primary care.
How it will be carried out
The study team are undertaking a systematic review to identify primary care interventions or aspects of care that increase or decrease health inequalities, with a focus on mental health outcomes.
Findings from the PRIME study will help decision makers identify and commission interventions and approaches that work to reduce inequalities in mental health outcomes.
Findings from the review will also be used to develop a bid for funding to implement and evaluate evidence-based interventions to address mental health inequalities in the North East and North Cumbria.
Protocol for the study
The protocol for the PRIME study was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health in December 2021 and can be viewed here.
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