Monitoring and Diagnosis (MaDOx)
Our aim is to improve monitoring and diagnostics used in primary care and community settings.
The Oxford Centre for Monitoring and Diagnosis in Primary Care (MaDOx) is a research programme funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) based in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford (PHC).
The team includes research groups with complementary expertise in diagnosis and monitoring from Primary Health Care. Engineering Science, Paediatrics and Health Economics at Oxford University, along with the Department of Primary Care and General Practice at Birmingham University, the University College London, University of Northampton, as well as the Netherlands, Belgium, and Spain. This expert group will be a reference point and source of advice for diagnostic methods and new technological innovation in primary care.
Missed diagnoses cause substantial and unnecessary morbidity, mortality and costs; likewise inappropriate or unnecessary diagnostic investigations waste resources. Our diagnostic research programme is designed to help front-line clinicians make better decisions, particularly in the areas of children’s health and cardiovascular disease.
Monitoring of patients who have chronic diseases is increasingly important. The MaDOx programme is identifying better and more cost-effective ways of monitoring treatment and progress of patients with diseases such as hypertension, heart failure, diabetes, asthma, and those on anticoagulation therapy. A new line of research in Chronic Kidney Disease management is planned to start later this year.