Members of the department have many publications covering a vast area relevant to the following,
- General practice morbidity
- Information technology and family medicine
- Communication with patients as a general practitioner
- Referral letters in general practice
- Outpatient morbidity profile.
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Medical education and family medicine
We presented the findings of our study “the morbidity profile of a university family practice clinic, classified according to the International Classification of Primary Care (ICPC)” at the 2016 Annual Academic Sessions of College of General Practitioners of Sri Lanka.
One of the landmark achievements of the department is the study done at the outpatient department (OPD) of the North Colombo Teaching Hospital. To bridge the gap of scarce morbidity data regarding out patients in the country we did a prospective, cross sectional study, where we collected data on reasons for encounter, problem definition and the process of care.
Two aspects of this research was presented in the 130th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association and the 42nd Annual Academic Sessions of the Collage of General Practitioners of Sri Lanka.
As an extension to this study, a qualitative study was conducted to find out why people attend the CNTH OPD even more than 70 km away from the hospital.
A community based prospective study using a patient held symptom diary was conducted during May to June 2018 to study the symptom prevalence and healthcare seeking behaviour with a grant received from Second Health Sector Development Project (SHSDP) component 2 from Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine, World Bank and the WHO.
An oral presentation was made by Dr. S. S. Withana at the 132nd Medical congress of the Sri Lanka Medical Association. Ecology of Healthcare: Symptom prevalence and healthcare seeking behaviour of Gampaha district Sri Lanka.
We also want to expand the pilot study on primary care morbidity to include the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western regions of the country.
A pilot project to implement a modern and up to date electronic medical record designed by a team led by Prof. K. Mendis is planned. We have applied for a grant from the PSSP under the MoH, World Bank and WHO.