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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. 

UKCRC Registered UnitThe 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.

Highlight publications

Effect of Probiotic Use on Antibiotic Administration among Care Home Residents: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Butler CC. et al, (2020), JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association, 324, 47 - 56

C-reactive protein testing to guide antibiotic prescribing for COPD exacerbations

Butler CC. et al, (2019), New England Journal of Medicine, 381, 111 - 120

Prevalence of chronic kidney disease in the community using data from OxRen: A UK population-based cohort study

Hirst JA. et al, (2020), British Journal of General Practice, 70, E285 - E293

The unit is led by: