Supporting Medicine Management in Primary Care (SPPiRE)

Older people often have several coexisting medical problems and take many medications, making pre-scribing decisions a complex and challenging task for GPs.  This trial tests an intervention to support GPs when making these prescribing decisions.

De-labelling penicillin allergy in children

Being labelled penicillin allergic can limit use of necessary antibiotics with any future illness. We know that <10% of children labelled as penicillin allergic are truly allergic and that the ones that are allergic, often lose their allergy after 5-10 years.

 

Practice and patient recruitment is now closed.

Can a programme led by Occupational Therapists help women with anxiety?

A 10-week programme delivered in primary care by occupational therapists in Sweden has shown benefits for women with anxiety. Is it feasible for GPs to refer patients and for OTs to deliver this programme in Ireland to yield similar benefits?

Practice recruitment now complete

Move for Life

Move for Life is a research study, aimed at improving the health of people aged over 45 in the county. Activity programmes will be operated out of eight hubs, in Clare and Limerick and each will run for between eight and 12 weeks.

Improving Diabetes Eye screening Attendance

Diabetic retinopathy is a serious and common condition that affects the sight of people with diabetes and can cause blindness. Regular screening leads to retinopathy being picked up earlier and treated, which can  help prevent or delay sight loss.  The aim of the Improving Diabetes Eye screening Attendance (IDEAs) study is to investigate the feasibility of an intervention in general practice to improve the uptake of the national retinopathy screening programme.

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 ILI. Recruitment for season 3 began in the first week of January 2018.

Practice recruitment now complete.

How are we managing patients with acute respiratory infection?

The MERMAIDS ARI study is one of three studies in a European-wide multicentre package of studies. MERMAIDS ARI follows adults admitted to hospital or presenting in primary care with symptoms of a recent ARI.

Practice recruitment now complete.

Managing cervical radiculopathy (irritated nerve in the neck)

While the majority of patients with cervical radiculopathy improve within the first 12 weeks with rest and medication, what impact would early, non-provocative physiotherapy have for these patients?

Anticipatory Care Planning - helping older people manage changes in their health and well-being

People are living longer than ever before.  Some older people develop health problems that make it difficult for them to live in the community and can affect their quality of life.  Anticipatory care planning is a process where a health professional discusses possible future care needs with a patient, and puts in place a plan to help the patient deal with these potential health concerns. This study will evaluate the implementation and outcomes of an Anticipatory Care Planning (ACP) intervention in primary care to assist older adults identified as at risk for functional decline by developing a personalized support plan.

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.

 

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.