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Chris Butler

Professor of Primary Care


Chris Butler is professor of primary care in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford and Professorial Fellow at Trinity College. His main research interests are in common infections (especially the appropriate use of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance), and health behaviour change (especially adaptations of motivational interviewing in health care).

He trained in Medicine at the University of Cape Town, did doctoral work at the University of Wales College of Medicine, and studied Clinical Epidemiology at The University of Toronto. He has led a Work package and the development of the clinical platform in 13 countries for the EU Genomics to combat Resistance against Antibiotics in Community acquired lower respiratory tract infections in Europe (GRACE) Network of Excellence, and led large trials in primary care of interventions to enhance the quality of antibiotic prescribing and evaluating training clinicians in behavior change clinical methods.

Studies that he currently leads or co-leads include:

  • Oral STeroids for Resolution of otitis media with effusion in CHildren (OSTRICH) 
  • General Practitioner (GP) use of a C-Reactive Protein Point of Care Test to help target antibiotic prescribing to patients with Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease who are most likely to benefit (PACE)
  • Point Of carE Testing for urinary tract Infection in primary Care (POETIC) (Probiotics to Reduce Infections iN CarE home Service userS (PRINCESS)
  • Antivirals for influenza Like Illness? An rCt of Clinical and Cost effectiveness in primary CarE (ALIC4E), which is part of the EU funded Platform foR European Preparedness Against (Re-)emerging Epidemics (PREPARE) consortium.

Chris has a shared role with Cardiff University, where he is professor of primary care medicine. He is Director of the Wales School of Primary Care Research and of the National Institute of Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR) Clinical Care Collaboration, and serves on the Medical Research Council Efficacy, Mechanisms and Effectiveness Board. He is an inaugural NISCHR Senior Faculty member, and holds honorary Professorships at McMaster University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has published nearly 200 indexed papers and has helped win over £100M in research and research infrastructure funding. He practices as a GP in Mountain Ash in the South Wales 

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