How can we improve prescribing in primary care?

Some medicines can cause harmful side effects in patients, particularly as they get older. This study will develop computerised systems to support GPs to identify patients who may be at risk of a harmful drug event so that the GPs can consider alternative approaches.

Can we improve the care patients receive in general practice?

The GP is usually the first stop for someone who is feeling unwell. However, changes in the Irish healthcare system have resulted in increased stress for GPs. Does this pressure contribute to errors made by GPs?

Breaking through – how best to present information about our trials to patients?

Deciding whether to take part in a trial may be difficult- particularly when faced with huge amounts of (sometimes confusing) information. We want to find out how best to present information about participating in trials to make these decisions easier.

Do we really need antibiotics for urinary tract infections?

Urinary tract infections are very common and cause pain and discomfort. Antibiotics are often prescribed but they may not be necessary. Many women get better without them. Antibiotics also cause side effects. SATIN aims to study alternative treatments.

Why is hard-to-control blood pressure hard to control?

High blood pressure causes, or helps to cause, almost two-thirds of all strokes and half of all heart attacks. Most people with high blood pressure can be treated by changing what they eat, doing more exercise or taking medications. But there are some people whose blood pressure remains high, despite treatment.