Prof Anne MacFarlane

Professor of Primary Healthcare Research

Keywords: Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) Participatory Health Research Migrant Health Implementation science

Anne MacFarlane Ph.D is Professor of Primary Healthcare Research at the Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick. She is the first social scientist to hold a Chair in academic primary care in Ireland. Anne has 20 years' experience of using qualitative research methods with a portfolio of completed health services research projects and educational research projects. She has a research income of €7 million euro for primary healthcare research and development projects since 2002 and extensive experience of postgraduate research supervision.

Anne has established an inter-disciplinary primary healthcare group at GEMS with a focus on Public and Patient Involvement in research, specifically participatory health research with socially excluded communities.

Anne has specialist expertise in migrant health and has just completed co-ordination of a 2.9 million euro EU FP7 project REsearch into implementation STrategies to support patients of different ORigins and language background in a variety of European primary care settings - RESTORE and is working on international dissemination of RESTORE findings to academic and policy audiences. She is Principal Investigator (2014-2107) for a Health Research Board Research Award (333,000) for a project about Primary Care Teams and their implementation in the Health Service Executive

Anne is Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Austin O’ Carroll for the Partnership for Health Equity.


  • O’Reilly-de Brún, M., de Brún, T., Okonkwo, E., Bonsenge-Bokanga, J., De Almeida Silva, M., Ogbebor, F., Mierzejewska, A., Nnadi, L., van Weel-Baumgarten, E., van Weel, C. and van den Muijsenbergh, M. (2016) ‘Using Participatory Learning & Action research to access and engage with “hard to reach” migrants in primary healthcare research’, BMC Health Services Research, 16(1), 1, available:

  • MacFarlane, A., Galvin, R., O’Sullivan, M., McInerney, C., Meagher, E., Burke, D. and LeMaster, J.W. (2016) ‘Participatory methods for research prioritization in primary care: an analysis of the World Cafe approach in Ireland and the USA’, Family Practice, cmw104, available:

  • Lionis, C., Papadakaki, M., Saridaki, A., Dowrick, C., O’Donnell, C.A., Mair, F.S., van den Muijsenbergh, M., Burns, N., de Brún, T., O’Reilly-de Brún, M., van Weel-Baumgarten, E., Spiegel, W. and MacFarlane, A., (2016) ‘Engaging migrants and other stakeholders to improve communication in cross-cultural consultation in primary care: a theoretically informed participatory study’, BMJ Open, 6(7), e010822., available: Click here

  • McMenamin R., Tierney, E. and MacFarlane, A. (2015) ‘Who decides what criteria are important to consider in exploring the outcomes of Conversation Approaches? A Participatory Health Research Study’, Aphasiology, 29(8), 914–938, available:

  • Tierney, E., McEvoy, R., O’Reilly‐de Brún, M., Brún, T., Okonkwo, E., Rooney, M., Dowrick, C., Rogers, A. and MacFarlane, A., (2014) ‘A critical analysis of the implementation of service user involvement in primary care research and health service development using normalization process theory’, Health Expectations., 19(3), 501–515, available:

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