Global Primary Care


Contact information

Annette Fitzpatrick, PhD
Phone: (206) 685-4295
Matthew Thompson, MBChB, MPH, DPhil, MRCGP


Countries that have strong primary care systems typically have better health outcomes. Our research group is working across a number of areas of key importance to improving the provision of primary care in low and middle income countries globally. This includes research emerging in non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, helping to implement smoking cessation services in Asia, improving recognition of children with acute illness in sub-Saharan Africa.

Research projects

·       Diabetes in Cambodia: Improving the diagnosis of diabetes with low cost diagnostics
·       Supporting LIFE: Feasibility of mHealth decision support tools for health workers in Malawi
·       Vital signs: Systematically assessing the diagnostic value of vital signs in children in low and middle income countries, and developing new low cost sensors.
·       Dhulikhel Heart Study: A prospective longitudinal cohort study to evaluate risk factors for CVD in the adult residents of Dhulikhel, Nepal.   Baseline data collection is underway with plans for 20 years of follow-up.
·       International Quitline Institute: Initiative to train tobacco cessation workers in Low- and Middle Income Countries
·       Stroke in Vietnam: We conducted a surveillance of risk factors for stroke in Da Nang, Vietham, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, and developed a stroke registry at Da Nang Hospital.