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, Rebecca Cutts, employed by the Practice to carry out these research studies. We are a level 3 research practice and we recruit into many NIHR funded studies.
How patient information is used for clinical research
The studies we are currently involved in are:
Barack D – a trial for Chronic Kidney Disease stage 3, in adults over the age of 18 years. This study is comparing a drug called spirolactone (which is commonly used for other illness’s) against usual care. If you have Chronic Kidney Disease stage 3 you could be eligible to take part in this exciting 3 year study.
Artic PC – Chest infections in children aged 6 months to 12 years. There is no documented evidence that suggests giving Amoxicillin to children who have chest infections is the correct form of treatment. This study is comparing amoxicillin to placebo and looking at the time to resolution of symptoms.
ARCHIE – Influenza type symptoms in children aged 6 months to 12 years who are ‘high’ risk, e.g. asthmatic, diabetes, kidney problems. The study team are hoping to prove that giving a course of co-amoxiclav as the patient sees the GP for the first time for influenza type symptoms will stop the patient becoming more poorly needing more intervention from health professionals.
CAPSTONE 2 – Influenza in patients aged over 12 years who are classed as ‘high’ risk, e.g. diabetes, asthma, kidney problems. This study is testing a new drug and comparing it to Tamiflu – which is the drug of choice for Flu.
Forecee – we are looking for ‘healthy’ (i.e. not had an abnormal smear or have had an abnormal smear in the past which is now normal) women who are aged over 50 who are having a smear test. The study is looking to map a new care pathway for women’s cancer. Any women having a smear aged over 50 will be asked to donate any cells not used in the lab to the research. You will also be asked to donate a blood sample and a mouth swab.
Renewed online – a study for patients who have had bowel, breast or prostate cancer. If you have not been contacted about this study already but would like to take part then please do contact us.
OPAL – a study for back pain in patients aged over 65 years. This is a postal study where the patient will be asked to answer a number of questions over a 5 year period about their back pain. If you have not been contacted about this study already but would like to take part then please do contact us.
HATRIC – A study for adults over the age of 18 years. This study is for chest infections and seeing if adding an herbal supplement speeds up time to resolution of symptoms. This study is an approach on the day of coming to the Doctors.
BEE – a study for children with eczema. This is looking at the different types of creams available for treatment. This study is an approach on the day of coming to the Doctors.
CoMISS- this study is for children aged 6 months to 18 months with suspected cow’s milk allergy. There is no screening tool for cow’s milk allergy to determine whether the patient has an allergy or not. Nestle have developed a new questionnaire to help with the diagnosis of cow’s milk allergy. If your child is seen by one of ours Doctors with suspected cow’s milk allergy then you will be asked to take part in this study.
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. Alternatively send an email to Rebecca.Cutts@dorset.nhs.uk
RCGP Research & Surveillance Centre Practice
This practice is one of over 260 practices in England contributing pseudonymised data for national research and surveillance. These data enable continuous monitoring of infections and diseases in the community and is used ethically approved research. The RCGP RSC is the main source of information for Public Health England (PHE) and helps with predication and management of flu outbreaks and pandemics.
Providing pseudonymised data does not affect patients, their care or privacy, however if you no longer wish to allow your information to be used, please speak to your GP. For further information please visit http://www.rcgp.org.uk/rsc