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Clinical Research

We are pleased to be part of the Primary Care Research Network. This means we are part of a network of General Practices in the South West who host medical research on a regular basis.  Patients registered with this practice have an opportunity to help shape the future of health care by taking part in research projects.

Findings from research studies help all GPs, nurses and other health professionals provide the most appropriate and up to date care.

As a member of the Research Network we will from time to time invite patients to take part in research studies. You may be asked by a member of the Practice to consider taking part in a research project. Please consider any information leaflets you may receive carefully  before making a choice.

Requirements of research projects will vary greatly, and might involve completing a questionnaire, agreeing to an interview with a researcher or taking part in a clinical trial. Participation in any research project is entirely voluntary. Declining to do so will not affect your medical care in any way.

To date we have enrolled in the following studies:

3C: a study to find out what symptoms, measures and characteristics can be used to predict which patients with a cough go on to develop complications

Target : To investigate the clinical and microbiological factors influencing children presenting with a cough/cold

PRIMIT : aims to trial an interactive website providing tailored advice to households to help them minimise both contracting and spreading of respiratory viruses.

BWel: a study into the effect of GP health information versus  weight management advice on weight loss.

HEAT:outcomes study of Helicobacter pylori (a bacteria in stomachs) eradication to prevent ulcer bleeding in aspirin users.

BARAKD: a study into additional medication in patients with CKD (chronic kidney disease).

TOAST: a study into steroids as an alternative treatment to antibiotics in sore throats.


Current Studies

CANDID: aims to record symptoms and signs in patients with either persistant cough or bowel changes.  Review the outcomes of those patients to find the best the best predictors of cancers. This will help doctors find potential high risk patients and minimise unneccsary investigations.

PANDA: a trial involving patients with depression to assess whethe antidepressants are more effective than placebo.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of clinical research lease feel free to talk to Dr Tiffney who leads on this for the Practice.



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