Personal Care

Researching the core values of primary care

The personal care SIG exists to promote research about primary care, rather than research where primary care is a research setting.

What is Personal Care?

  • Personal Care refers to healthcare which focuses on the whole person and their illness, rather than a disease or condition
  • Personal Care is an essential element of efficient, effective and equitable primary care
  • Strengthening Personal Care may help us tackle the growing healthcare needs associated with multimorbidity, treatment burden, over- and under-diagnosis, and health & healthcare inequalities.
  • But implementing the ideals of Personal Care continues to prove a challenge – in understanding how best to translate ideals into practice that makes a difference

The Personal Care SIG exists to:

  • Help people understand what Personal Care is and why it matters
  • Lead research in the core values of primary care. Developing innovative research that advances the basic science of primary care (blue sky research)
  • Support  individuals ( academics and clinicians) doing work in this area – whatever their career stage
  • In order to generate, evaluate and disseminate Personal Care solutions to primary health care problems.

Our work and expertise:

SIG members have expertise in key aspects of Personal Care including:

Continuity of care

People: George Freeman , Matthew Ridd, Chris Salisbury

Key reports: Continuity of care and the patient experience; The continuity of care toolkit; Continuity and cancer diagnosis; Assessing continuity of care.

Expert generalist practice

People: Joanne Reeve, George Freeman

Key reports: Generalist solutions to multimorbidity; Barriers to generalist practice; Interpretive practice - supporting generalism; Generalism in medical care: a review for the Health Foundation; Guiding patients through complexity: modern medical generalism.

Empathy and patient enablement

People: Stewart Mercer, Graham Watt

Reports: Validity and reliability of the Japanese version of the CARE measure; Patient enablement requires physician empathy; The consultation and relational empathy (CARE) measure.

Join us

The group meets annually at the SAPC Annual Scientific Meeting – providing critical expert discussion and debate on new both ideas and emerging research findings from a personal care perspective. We also stay in contact electronically throughout the year. To find out more, and to join the group please contact the SIG lead, Dr Jess Drinkwater, or one of the co-convenors Professor George Freeman or Dr Joanne Reeve.


Dr Jess Drinkwater