The Adam Practice takes part in research comissioned by the NHS to help improve patient care and treatment. All our research studies come through the Clinical Research Network (CRN). (http://www.crn.nihr.ac.uk/)
We have a dedicated nurse employed by the Practice to carry out these research studies. We have just applied to become a Level 2 research centre.
The studies we are currently involved in are:
· HEAT trial is a study looking to see if screening and treating H-pylori in patients taking Aspirn daily can reduce the number of patients being admitted to hospital with bleeding from stomach ulcers.
· ACTIB is a study which is seeing if cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) can help with irritable bowel (IBS) symptoms.
· PRIMROSE is a project which is trying to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with a severe mental health diagnosis.
· We are currently talking to Southampton University about two more studies we hope to take on; BARACK D which is a study looking to see if a specific drug can help heart disease in kidney damage in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).
· We are also talking to them about a study called FAST FOUR which is seeing if increasing the amount of steroid use in people with exacerbation of asthma can help symptoms.
Please note - taking part in any study is entirely voluntary and if you decline to take part it will not affect your current or future treatment in any way.
If you feel that you are able to help us in our research in any way, and would like to participate in our studies please let your GP know during your next visit.