Several staff from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences took part in a seminar for research-active general practices from across the region last week, hosted by the National Institute for Health Research.
The seminar was the third in an annual series which presents results and updates from studies where the NIHR Clinical Research Network Thames Valley and South Midlands has supported patient recruitment by linking the research teams with practices. worked The event was chaired by local GP Dr Nick Thomas, who is the NIHR CRN's regional primary care clinical lead.
More than 100 delegates attended the Witney-based event, including representatives from primary care research departments at the Universities of Oxford, Warwick and Southampton.
Professor Chris Butler, Director of Oxford University's Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit (CTU), updated the audience on the PACE study, which is investigating point-of-care testing to better target antibiotic prescribing for people with exacerbated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Professor Andrew Farmer, Professor of General Practice, discussed the SuMMiT-D study, a 6-year NIHR-funded programme to develop a digital-health messaging tool to support people with type 2 diabetes.
Professor Susan Jebb, Professor of Diet and Population Health, gave attendees some early insights on data from DROPLET, a randomised controlled trial of a low-energy liquid diet treatment for weight management. The study is part-funded by the NIHR CLAHRC Oxford.
CTU Theme Lead Dr Johanna Cook discussed results from several studies that tied up their recruitment efforts in 2017, and highlighted the vital role played by practice staff in recruiting patients into the department's studies.