Our mission is to develop, deliver, interpret and disseminate patient-facing primary care research to the highest international standards.
The Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit is an integral part of the University of Oxford's Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. Our research themes are aligned with the departmental priorities on infectious diseases, cardiovascular and metabolic disease, behavioural medicine and other topics of major national and international importance. In 2016 the unit recruited almost 6000 participants from around 600 sites in over 20 countries.
The unit is part of the Primary Care and Vaccine Collaborative Clinical Trials Unit (PCVC-CTU) consortium in recognition of its ability to coordinate high quality, academically-led, multi-centred clinical trials. We work closely with NHS Trusts across England and Wales and the UK Clinical Research Network.
Collaborate with us
We welcome requests to collaborate on research and support studies.
We develop our own bespoke clinical trial software, which is available for licensing.
Our extensive study portfolio provides benefits to patient health and well-being.
Effect of oral dexamethasone without immediate antibiotics vs placebo on acute sore throat in adults a randomized clinical trial
Hayward GN. et al, (2017), JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association, 317, 1535 - 1543
Improving the diagnosis and treatment of urinary tract infection in young children in primary care: Results from the DUTY prospective diagnostic cohort study
Hay AD. et al, (2016), Annals of Family Medicine, 14, 325 - 336
Mobile Phone Text Messages to Support Treatment Adherence in Adults with High Blood Pressure (SMS-Text Adherence Support [StAR]): A Single-Blind, Randomized Trial
Bobrow K. et al, (2016), Circulation, 133, 592 - 600
Effect of nasal balloon autoinflation in children with otitis media with effusion in primary care: An open randomized controlled trial
Williamson I. et al, (2015), CMAJ, 187, 961 - 969