Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

RCSI is an independent, not-for-profit Medical School with charitable status. The RCSI is independent, international and progressive.

The RCSI Research Institute oversees an extensive array of research programmes, among which neuroscience has evolved to become a leading domain of activity. Established on 11th February 1784, RCSI has total of 3,909 students, 859 staff. Research funding income 2011/2012 was €10.4m. The Surgical College is the national training body for surgery in Ireland. More than 60 countries are represented on RCSI’s international student body. RCSI has a University in Bahrain; two Medical Schools in Malaysia (at Perdana University and Penang Medical College, jointly with UCD); and an Institute in Dubai.

The RCSI HRB Centre for Primary Care Research (Beaux Lane House, Mercer Street Lower, Dublin 2).

Within RCSI, the Health Research Board (HRB) Centre for Primary Care Research (http://www.hrbcentreprimarycare.ie) aims to establish standards for the quality of care of vulnerable patient groups, namely older adults, children, drug users and pregnant women, with a particular emphasis on effective medicine monitoring. Evidence-based diagnoses are also a priority for the Centre. A register of clinical prediction rules (CPRs) is being established, in conjunction with systematic reviews of common clinical conditions in relation to the diagnostic accuracy of symptoms, signs and diagnostic tests available to GPs. Finally, based on the observational epidemiological research concerning quality of care and medicines management, as well as the CPR register, the Centre is involved in the development and evaluation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) interventions in the form of computer-based Clinical Decisions Support Systems (CDSSs), decision aids and self-management programmes. Dr. Atieh Zarabzadeh will be the main contact point for the HRB CPCR and has research experience in financial modelling and health economics, as detailed below.

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    Dr. Atieh Zarabzadeh (atiehzarabzadeh@rcsi.ie) completed her PhD in the area of Health Informatics in the School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin. During the course of her PhD, she completed two Postgraduate Diplomas, one in Statistics and one in the area of Health Informatics. Dr Zarabzadeh has been involved in a number of research projects in the Applied Research for Connected Health (ARCH), Clarity centre for sensor web technologies, Health Information Systems Research Centre (HISRC) and the National Digital Research Centre (NDRC) since 2009. Dr Zarabzadeh’s main research interests include innovative applications of technology, information technology and system to the healthcare domain. In particular Dr Zarabzadeh’s is interested in economic evaluation of technological solutions in the area of healthcare, impact of IT on the quality of care, Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS), prediction rules and remote sensor data collection and processing (e.g. body area networks and vital sign monitoring).