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e-Health Unit

Research Department of Primary Care and
Population Health

Upper Third Floor

UCL Medical School (Royal Free Campus)

Rowland Hill Street, London NW3 2PF

For all enquiries please contact:

Orla O'Donnell
Telephone 020 7794 0500 extn 36747
E-mail o.odonnell@ucl.ac.uk

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Elizabeth Murray - Director, Professor of e-Health and Primary Care

Elizabeth Murray
Elizabeth Murray established the UCL e-Health Unit in 2003. The Unit’s research focuses on the use of new technologies, such as the Internet and mobile phones, to improve health and health care. The Unit has grown rapidly and now has around 20 staff, including 8 PhD students.

Elizabeth’s interest in new technologies started in the 1990’s when she undertook two randomised controlled trials in primary care determining the effects of computerised decision aids on patient treatment choices for Hormone Replacement Therapy (menopausal women) and Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (men). Both trials were published in the BMJ. In 2001 she was awarded a Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy from the Commonwealth Fund and spent a year at the University of California San Francisco studying the effects of the internet on the doctor-patient relationship. On her return she was awarded a Department of Health Career Scientist Award (2002 – 07).

Her work on e-Health has won international recognition. She holds a Visiting Fellowship at the Academic Centre for General Practice and Primary Care at the University of Melbourne, where, amongst other work, she is working with Associate Professor Kelsey Hegarty on an Australian Research Council funded project developing and evaluating a web-based decision aid and safety planning tool for women experiencing domestic violence (I-DECIDE).

UK Grant income since 2008 is around £5 million. Current major research projects include:
  • HeLP-Diabetes: an NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Health Research to develop, evaluate and implement a web-based self-management programme for people with type 2 diabetes.                                                                                        
  • A programme of work around alcohol, mostly with Down Your Drink, a web-based intervention to help hazardous and harmful drinkers to reduce their alcohol consumption. Most recently this included the Health on the Web trial, and, as part of the successful UCLP CLAHRC bid, Digital Alcohol Management On Demand (DIAMOND) a feasibility trial comparing face to face alcohol treatment with supported access to web-based treatment for hazardous or harmful drinkers.

Prior to focusing on e-Health, Elizabeth had a strong interest in medical education. She joined UCL in 1991 first as a lecturer, and from 1996 as a senior lecturer, with the remit of developing and evaluating an innovative course teaching general internal medicine to first year clinical students. This was one of the first of such courses, and her work determining the feasibility, acceptability and effects of such teaching laid the empirical foundation for the adoption of community-based teaching of a wide range of subjects including general internal medicine, paediatrics, women’s health, psychiatry and care of the older person in large numbers of medical schools across the UK. She is mentoring Dr Sophie Park who leads the educational research group in PCPH.

Elizabeth is a GP. She was a partner and job-share Principal at the Lonsdale Medical Centre in Brent from 1991 – 2007, and since leaving her partnership has worked as a sessional doctor at City Road Medical Centre in Islington. She undertakes GP appraisals for North Central London, and was a member of the NICE Technology Assessment Committee B from 2012 – 2014.

1991 - 1993 Research Training Fellowship Royal College of General Practitioners
2001 – 2002 Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy University of California, San Francisco
2002 – 2007 DH Career Scientist in Primary Care University College London
2004 Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practioners  
2007 Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy  
2012 - Visiting Fellowship at the University of Melbourne, Australia  
2012 Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh)  

Please follow the link for details of grants, publications and PhD students.

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