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Full NameDr Paul O'Connor

Department:General Practice/Irish Centre for Applied Patient Safety and Simulation

Organisation:National University of Ireland Galway

Webpage:nuigalway.ie

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Research Fields

  • epidemiology/population health research
  • Other

Other Research Fields:

Patient safety; quality of care; human factors

Postgrad Medical Specialties

  • Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Anaesthetics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Practice
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Paediatrics
  • Public Health
  • Radiology

Medical Subspecialties

  • Adolescent medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Clinical Trials
  • Community Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Haematology
  • Health Informatics
  • Hospice and palliative medicine
  • Infectious diseases
  • Immunology
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Vascular Medicine

My Work

I am the Research Director of the Irish Centre for Applied Patient Safety and Simulation (ICAPSS; www.nuigalway.ie/icapss/). The ICAPSS consists of academics and clinicians from NUI Galway and the Saolta University Healthcare Group along with national and international collaborators. The faculty is drawn from a variety of specialities and healthcare disciplines. The centre's focus is improving patient safety and quality of care through research and its application in practice.

The ICAPSS research can be categorised into four themes:
1. Patient Experience- e.g. access to healthcare for people with disabilities, learning from patient complaints.
2. Doctor Experience – e.g. stress, burnout, psychological resilience.
3. Patient Safety- e.g. learning from errors and adverse events, feasibility study of a safety intervention for primary care, hand hygiene compliance in the ICU.
4. Medical Education/simulation- e.g. improving preparedness of interns for clinical practice, effectiveness of medical education interventions.

Potential Projects

I am interested in any potential research projects that align with any of the four for ICAPSS research themes outlined in the previous section. These projects could be in primary, secondary, or pre-hospital care. The methods could be quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods. Potential projects could be derived from the literature, or based upon experiences working in healthcare where it is believed that patient safety or quality of care could be improved. I am happy to work together with a application in order to develop a research project.