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Prof Anne MacFarlane

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Anne is Professor of Primary Healthcare Research, Graduate Entry Medical School, Faculty of Education and Health Sciences and theme lead for Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) in the HRI. She has specialist expertise in migrant health and participatory health research and leads the Public and Patient Involvement Research Unit at the Medical School.

Anne has research income of over €9 million and extensive experience of postgraduate research supervision and mentoring. She is currently leading HRB-funded PPI IGNITE (2018-2020), HRB-funded EMH-IC (2016-2019) Ethnic Minority Health in Ireland - building the evidence base to address health inequities, HSE/UL-funded MIMS (2017-2019) Migrants’ Involvement in the development of Migrant Sensitive Healthcare Systems. In recent years, she has successfully co-ordinated the EU-funded RESTORE (2011-2015) REsearch into implementation STtrategies to support patients of different ORigins and language background in a variety of European primary care settings.

Anne collaborates with the World Health Organisation Europe as a Senior Consultant for the implementation of their 2017 Migrant Health Strategy.  She established and co-leads the Migrant Health Research Group in the International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research and is a member of the North America Primary Care Research Group Special Interest Group for Refugee and Migrant Health.


MacFarlane, A. The Helen Lester Memorial Lecture (forthcoming) ‘The Leper Squint: Spaces for Participation in Primary Healthcare’, British Journal of General Practice.  

O'Reilly-De Brún, M., De Brún, T., O'Donnell, C. A., Papadakaki, M., Saridaki, A., Lionis, C., Burns, N., Dowrick, C., Gravenhorst, K., Spiegel, W., Van Weel, C., Van Weel-Baumgarten, E., Van Den Muijsenbergh, M. and MacFarlane, A. (2018) ‘Material practices for meaningful engagement: An analysis of participatory learning and action research techniques for data generation and analysis in a health research partnership’, Health Expectations, 21, 159-170, available:

MacFarlane, A., Galvin, R., O’Sullivan, M., McInerney, C., Meagher, E., Burke, D. and LeMaster, J.W. (2017) 'Participatory methods for research prioritization in primary care: an analysis of the World Café approach in Ireland and the USA', Family Practice, 34(3),278-284, available:

O’Reilly, P., Lee, S.H., O’Sullivan, M., Cullen, W., Kennedy, C. and MacFarlane, A. (2017) 'Assessing the facilitators and barriers of interdisciplinary team working in primary care using normalisation process theory: An integrative review', PLoS One, 12(5),e0177026, available:

O'Donnell, C.A., Mair, F.S., Dowrick, C., O’Reilly-de Brún, M., de Brún, T., Burns, N., Lionis, C., Saridaki, A., Papadakaki, M., van den Muijsenbergh, M., van Weel-Baumgarten, E., Gravenhorst, K., Cooper, L., Princz, C., Teunissen, E., van den Driessen Mareeuw, F., Vlahadi, M., Spiegel, W. and MacFarlane, A. (2017) 'Supporting the use of theory in cross-country health services research: a participatory qualitative approach using Normalisation Process Theory as an example', BMJ Open, 7(8), available: