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By ISQua Thursday. May 21, 2020

Recorded Webinar: Preventative Measures for COVID-19 Featured

Our expert panel discussed preventive measures, including frequent hand washing, social distancing and the latest advice on wearing face masks and other measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Dr Philip Crowley and Dr Jennifer Martin presented the situation from Ireland which was focused on active case finding, testing and contact tracing of all cases. Prof Trish Greenhalgh then provided an in-depth case study and analysis of both the literature and arguments surrounding the pros and cons of wearing facemasks. This was followed by a Q&A session.

About the Speakers


Professor Trish Greenhalgh
Trish Greenhalgh is Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences and Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford. She studied Medical, Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge and Clinical Medicine at Oxford before training first as a diabetologist and later as an academic general practitioner. She has a doctorate in diabetes care and an MBA in Higher Education Management. She now leads a programme of research at the interface between the social sciences and medicine, working across primary and secondary care. Her work seeks to celebrate and retain the traditional and the humanistic aspects of medicine and healthcare while also embracing the unparalleled opportunities of contemporary science and technology to improve health outcomes and relieve suffering. Three particular interests are the health needs and illness narratives of minority and disadvantaged groups; the introduction of technology-based innovations in healthcare.


Dr Philip Crowley
Dr Philip Crowley is the National Director for Quality Improvement in the HSE. He is a doctor who works part-time as a GP. He worked for five years in Nicaragua, trained in public health in Newcastle Upon Tyne and worked for 6 years as Deputy Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health. He has been in his current post for 5 years.


Dr Jennifer Martin

Jennifer is a Consultant in Public Health Medicine by profession, and leads the HSE National QI Team function on evidence for improvement in her normal life. Jennifer was redeployed to support the HSE response to COVID-19. Having initially worked in a regional Department of Public Health, Jennifer and Philip identified an ‘improvement opportunity’ whereby a large scale process could be established to provide a national response to results notification and contact management to manage the expected huge volumes in cases and contacts and thereby free up Departments of Public Health. The Chief Clinical Officer requested that a national approach to contact management be implemented and the contact management programme (CMP) was born. CMP is a collaboration across many HSE departments and supported by a range of public organisations.


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Please visit ISQua’s COVID-19 Research Page for up to date research, recordings, information and guidance from around the world. We are constantly updating this resource. 

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