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Signature Research Programmes


SHP Signature Research Programmes are aligned to our vision to be a leader in Family Medicine and our mission to provide better, safer and affordable primary healthcare services, nurture generations of primary healthcare professionals and advance the frontier of the discipline. These include patient-centric chronic disease management, critical amidst an increasing greying population; education research to groom the multidisciplinary primary healthcare professionals; and innovations in primary care to serve the patients more effectively and efficiently, riding on advancements in technology.

Chronic Disease Management
Primary healthcare covers an entire spectrum of health and disease conditions from newborn to the elderly. With the advent of the rapidly aging population in Singapore and a concomitant expanding pool of patients with chronic ailments in primary care, research focusing on chronic disease management becomes a vital pillar in SingHealth Polyclinics. Research provides the platform for the healthcare professionals in the institution to constantly review and assess the long-term health of these affected patients and the effectiveness and efficiency in which the health services are delivered to them.

Preventive Care
SHP focuses on the evaluation of health promotion and preventive care programmes that are targeted at healthy or at-risk indivuduals in retarding the onset of overt diseases. Research with large datasets supports primary care so that patients' existing diseases can be treated more effectively and delay the progression of illnesses.

Innovations in Primary Care
SHP is actively exploring new effective ways to provide quality care for patients and their families, and therefore, we need to develop healthcare innovations to advance the frontier of Family Medicine. SHP staff will tap on the expertise of engineers, designers, information technology and info-communication professionals in other academic institutions and partner them to develop innovative and low-cost devices and systems to better serve the patients. Research is applied to evaluate the cost-effectiveness, safety and acceptability of these new gadgets. Looking ahead, research will provide fuel to spark creativity and develop a culture of innovations amongst its multidisciplinary staff.