• MRSA bacteraemia: North/South study of MRSA in Ireland 1999.

      Mc Donald, P; Mitchell, E; Johnson, H; Rossney, A; Humphreys, H; Glynn, G; Burd, M; Doyle, D; Mc Donnell, R; Health Information Unit, Department of Public Health, Eastern Regional Health Authority, Dublin, Ireland. patriciamcdonald@eircom.net (2002-12)
      Retrospective aggregate data on all Staphylococcus aureus isolates recovered from blood cultures during 1998 were collected in both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland, Northern Ireland (North) and the Republic of Ireland (South), as part of the North/South Study of MRSA in Ireland 1999. A postal questionnaire was used to gather the data, and all diagnostic microbiology laboratories in the North and 98% of laboratories in the South participated. S. aureus bacteraemia occurred at rates of 20.4 per 100,000 population in the North and 24.5 per 100,000 in the South (missing data from one laboratory). In the North, 22% of patients who had blood cultures positive for S. aureus had methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) and 25% of S. aureus isolates were MRSA (some patients had more than one isolate). In the South, 31% of patients who had blood cultures positive for S. aureus had MRSA and 36% of S. aureus isolates were MRSA. There was a marked variation in rates between different regions. The percentage of patients with blood cultures positive for S. aureus that had MRSA was considerably lower in the North (22%) than in the South (31%), and in both jurisdictions was lower than that found in England and Wales in 1999 (37%). It is recommended that data on S. aureus bacteraemia and methicillin-resistance rates (already available in many laboratories) are gathered at regional and national level for the surveillance of antimicrobial resistance.
    • Research activity and capacity in primary healthcare: the REACH study: a survey.

      Glynn, Liam G; O'Riordan, Ciara; MacFarlane, Anne; Newell, John; Iglesias, Alberto A; Whitford, David; Cantillon, Peter; Murphy, Andrew W; Department of General Practice, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. liam.glynn@nuigalway.ie (2009)
      BACKGROUND: Despite increased investment in primary care research and development (R&D), the level of engagement of primary healthcare professionals with research remains poor. The aim of this study is to assess the level of research activity and capacity for research among primary healthcare professionals in a health authority of over one million people in a mixed urban/rural setting in the West of Ireland. METHODS: A questionnaire, incorporating the R+D Culture Index, was sent to primary healthcare professionals in the HSE Western Region. Baseline characteristics were analysed with the use of one-way ANOVA and Chi-square test and the dependence of R&D Culture Index score on all sixteen available covariates was examined using multiple regression and regression tree modelling. RESULTS: There was a 54% response rate to the questionnaire. Primary healthcare professionals appeared to have an interest in and awareness of the importance of research in primary care but just 15% were found to be research active in this study. A more positive attitude towards an R&D culture was associated with having had previous research training, being currently involved in research and with not being a general practitioner (GP) (p < 0.001), but much variability in the R&D culture index score remained unexplained. CONCLUSION: Despite awareness of the importance of R&D in primary care and investment therein, primary healthcare professionals remain largely unengaged with the R&D process. This study highlights the issues that need to be addressed in order to encourage a shift towards a culture of R&D in primary care: lack of research training particularly in basic research skills and increased opportunities for research involvement. The use of the R&D Culture Index may enable groups to be identified that may be more research interested and can therefore be targeted in any future R&D strategy.
    • A telephone survey of parental attitudes and behaviours regarding teenage drinking.

      Smyth, Bobby P; Darker, Catherine D; Donnelly-Swift, Erica; Barry, Joe M; Allwright, Shane Pa; Department of Public Health & Primary Care, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. bobby.smyth@hse.ie (BMC public health, 2010-06)
      Irish teenagers demonstrate high rates of drunkenness and there has been a progressive fall in age of first drinking in recent decades. International research indicates that parents exert substantial influence over their teenager's drinking. We sought to determine the attitudes and behaviours of Irish parents towards drinking by their adolescent children.
    • Undergraduate medical research: the student perspective.

      Burgoyne, Louise N; O'Flynn, Siun; Boylan, Geraldine B; School of Medicine, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. l.burgoyne@ucc.ie (2010)
      Research training is essential in a modern undergraduate medical curriculum. Our evaluation aimed to (a) gauge students' awareness of research activities, (b) compare students' perceptions of their transferable and research-specific skills competencies, (c) determine students' motivation for research and (d) obtain students' personal views on doing research.