Supporting Medicine Management in Primary Care (SPPiRE)

Older people often have several coexisting medical problems and take multiple medications, making prescribing decisions a complex and challenging task for GPs.  This trial aims to test an intervention to support GPs when making these prescribing decisions. ***NOW OPEN FOR PRACTICE RECRUITMENT 12 April 2017***

Improving patient safety in Irish Primary Care

Changes in the Irish healthcare system have resulted in increased stress and time pressure for Irish GPs. Does this pressure contribute to errors made by GPs?

Practice recruitment now complete.

Do anti-virals help with flu? An EU-wide trial

The ALICE trial is an individually randomised, open clinical trial comparing the clinical and cost effectiveness of oseltamivir with usual care on the duration and control of symptoms in patients presenting to primary care with influenza-like illness.

How are we managing patients with acute respiratory infection?

The MERMAIDS ARI study is one of three observational studies in the Multi-centre  EuRopean study of MAjor Infectious Disease Syndromes (MERMAIDS) package of studies. MERMAIDS ARI follows adults admitted to hospital or presenting in primary care with symptoms of a recent acute respiratory infection, across Europe. Practice recruitment will open again in August 2017.

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.

Studying trial methodology: identifying best methods

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.

Practice recruitment will begin in Summer 2017.