Published on 08 Nov 2023

LKCMedicine’s Family Medicine and Primary Care Bags Best Research Paper 2022

LKCMedicine’s Family Medicine and Primary Care (FMPC) was recently awarded the Best Paper 2022 at the 51st North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting for their paper entitled, “Improving Prescribing: A feasibility study of pharmacogenetic testing with clinical decision support in the Primary Health Care in Singapore.” Receiving this recognition from NAPCRG, which is one of the largest organisations of researchers in family medicine and primary care in the world, solidifies pcRn’s standing as a key contributor of high-quality research in family medicine in Singapore.

Published in Family Practice, an international journal, the research paper details the findings of a first-of-its-kind study in Singapore that assessed the feasibility of pharmacogenetic testing in primary care. Led by former LKCMedicine Professor of Family Medicine & Primary Care Helen Smith who is now at Keele University, the study recruited 189 patients between October 2020 and March 2021 through General Practitioners within the School’s Primary Care Research Network. This enabled the research team to gain insights into how genetic variation influences the effectiveness and safety of drugs prescribed to patients.

From the study, the team identified great potential in personalising medicine for patients through pharmacogenetics. These findings herald better management of patients and drug therapy in primary care settings.

Congratulations FMPC on your latest accomplishment.