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.

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?

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.

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.

Patients are now being recruited in three general practices and in GUH.

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?

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.