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Professor Susan Smith

Professor of General Practice (1991) (Public Health & Primary Care)


Susan Smith is Professor of General Practice at Trinity College Dublin and works as a General Practitioner at Inchicore Family Doctors in Dublin 8. She did her undergraduate medical degree in TCD and then did GP training in Ireland and the UK, followed by a period working as an academic GP in Australia. She retuned to Ireland where she has worked as an academic GP in UCD, RCSI and TCD and continues to work as a GP at Inchicore Family Doctors in Dublin 8. Prof Smith is the Associate Director of the HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland and the Clinical Lead for HRB CICER, which provides evidence synthesis supports for the National Clinical Effectiveness Committee.
  Clinical research, trials   Community health and general practice   Primary care
 HRB Collaborative Doctoral Award in Multimorbidity

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Caroline McCarthy and Barbara Clyne and Fiona Boland and Frank Moriarty and Michelle Flood and Emma Wallace and Susan M. Smith and, GP-delivered medication review of polypharmacy, deprescribing, and patient priorities in older people with multimorbidity in Irish primary care (SPPiRE Study): A cluster randomised controlled trial, PLOS Medicine, 19, (1), 2022, pe1003862 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Prof Susan M Smith and James Larkin and Brendan Walsh and Frank Moriarty and Barbara Clyne and Patricia Harrington and Susan M Smith, What is the impact of multimorbidity on out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure among community-dwelling older adults in Ireland? A cross-sectional study, BMJ Open, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
James Larkin, Ivana Pericin, Maurice Collins, Susan M Smith, David Byrne, Frank Moriarty, GPs" perceptions of their relationship with the pharmaceutical industry: a qualitative study, BJGP Open, 2021, pBJGPO.2021.0057 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Barbara Clyne, Kieran A. Walsh, Eamon O'Murchu, Melissa K. Sharp, Laura Comber, Kirsty K O" Brien, Susan M. Smith, Patricia Harrington, Michelle O'Neill, Conor Teljeur, Máirín Ryan, Using preprints in evidence synthesis: Commentary on experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Raymond O'Connor, Patrick J. Murphy, Michael E. O'Callaghan, Susan M. Smith, Liam Glynn, Claire Collins, Rory O'Driscoll, Andrew W. Murphy, Development of a primary care research network focused on chronic disease: a feasibility study for both practices and research networks, HRB Open Research, 4, 2021, p89 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Melissa K. Sharp, Barrie Tyner, Dayang Anis Binti Awang Baki, Cormac Farrell, Declan Devane, Kamal R. Mahtani, Susan M. Smith, Michelle O'Neill, Máirín Ryan, Barbara Clyne, Evidence synthesis summary formats for clinical guideline development group members: a mixed-methods systematic review protocol, HRB Open Research, 4, 2021, p76 - 76, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Fiona Riordan, Katie Murphy, Colin Bradley, Patricia M. Kearney, Susan M. Smith, Sheena M. McHugh, Acceptability and feasibility of conducting a pilot trial in Irish primary care: lessons from the IDEAs study, HRB Open Research, 4, 2021, p73 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Emer O'Brien, Barbara Clyne, Susan M. Smith, Noirin O'Herlihy, Velma Harkins, Emma Wallace, A scoping review protocol of evidence-based guidance published by general practitioner professional organisations, HRB Open Research, 4, 2021, p53 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
James Larkin, Louise Foley, Susan M. Smith, Patricia Harrington, Barbara Clyne, The experience of financial burden for people with multimorbidity: A systematic review of qualitative research, Health Expectations, 24, (2), 2021, p282--295 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Sinéad M. O"Neill, Miriam Bell, Avilene Casey, Brendan Leen, Barbara Clyne, Barrie Tyner, Susan M. Smith, Peter J. Watkinson, Michelle O"Neill, Máirín Ryan, COMMENTARY: Is a Change from the National Early Warning System (NEWS) Warranted in Patients with Chronic Respiratory Conditions?, COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 18, (2), 2021, p129--132 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Paul G, Smith SM, Whitford D, O'Dowd T., Can a peer-care model improve diabetes outcomes?, Diabetes Voice, 50, (4), 2005, p20 - 21, Journal Article, PUBLISHED


Prof Smith's research interests include improving outcomes for patients with multimorbidity and related clinical issues such as medicines management, including access to medicines. She has been the PI or Co-PI on eight RCTs of interventions for chronic disease management in Irish primary care settings. She is an editor and author with the Cochrane Collaboration and is an advocate for Evidence Based Medicine and Shared Decision Making. She also has an interest in health equity and coordinates the Deep End Ireland Group, which advocates for appropriate primary care services for socioeconomically disadvantaged groups. During the COVID-19 pandemic she has been a member of the HIQA COVID19 Expert Advisory Group, which provides evidence based guidance to inform public policy and guidance.