What is the best treatment for influenza?

The flu is a highly contagious that affects a huge amount of people each year. Usually people who have flu like symptoms are prescribed bed rest, time off work and painkillers by their GPs. Antiviral medication can also be prescribed. We want to find out which treatment is best.

Why do some people with ARIs become more unwell than others?

Acute respiratory infections affect millions of people globally every year. Some people become more unwell than others and must be hospitalised, we want to find out why. This will inform better treatments and prevention in the future.

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.

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.