Infections & acute care
A key theme of primary care research in Oxford
Our research on infections and acute care aims to find out how we can identify patients with serious infection in primary care, and more effective ways of diagnosing and treating patients with common infections and serious, short-term illnesses.
Our research focuses on some of the most conditions patients present to their GP with, aligned with national and international priorities in healthcare. For example, we are investigating more effective interventions to treat common colds and influenza-like illness, as well as looking at how the use of antibiotics can be reduced through more effective prescribing in primary care.
In children, we are particularly interested in improving the evidence base to support primary care professionals to manage a range of common diseases and more serious conditions, from vaccines for whooping cough to early interventions for "at risk" children with influenza-like illness.