Friday, July 31, 2020

Welcome!

Many of you may not be aware that The Coleridge Medical Centre is a member of the South West Clinical Research network  (https://www.nihr.ac.uk/nihr-in-your-area/south-west-peninsula/).

In medicine, we are constantly striving to find the most effective treatments for common conditions and research is a key factor that helps to provide this knowledge.  As a practice, we take great care to select studies that we feel will help us treat our patients better.  We feel it is a great opportunity for you as patients to take part in studies that directly benefit you and/or generally improve treatment in primary care.  

From time to time, you may be invited to take part in one of these studies.  There is no obligation to take part and, if you decline, it will not affect your treatment in any way. 

Interested in finding out more about research?


Are you interested in finding out more about the health and social care research that is taking place across the UK?
Would you like to take part in an online study?

For more information, please visit the NIHR ‘Be Part of Research’ website at:  







Tuesday, July 28, 2020

PRINCIPLE Study



Our practice is supporting vital COVID-19 research. As part of this, we are helping to carry out a national priority research study called PRINCIPLE.  

The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19.

You could be eligible to join if:
  • You have had these symptoms for fewer than 15 days:
    • new continuous cough or
    • high temperature or
    • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell
       
  • OR have had a positive test for SARS-Co-V2 infection with COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days
AND
  • You are aged 50 to 64 with a pre-existing illness OR
  • You are aged 65 and above 


If you would like to know more about COVID-19 research and how you can contribute, please visit www.bepartofresearch.nihr.ac.uk which is run by the National Institute for Health Research.

PRINCIPLE Trial Poster


Friday, July 10, 2020

Join Dementia Research

Dementia affects more than 850,000 people in the UK, and over 25 million people in the UK have a friend or family member with dementia.

Dementia research offers some hope. It can help people living with the condition now, as well as helping to prevent people from developing dementia in the future.  But for research to progress, researchers need more people to volunteer to take part in more studies.

This is why Join Dementia Research has been set up.  It is a service which allows people to register their interest in taking part in dementia research and be matched to suitable studies.

If you would like to help research teams across the UK who are working to improve our understanding about the condition, develop effective treatments, improve care and maybe one day find a cure, you can sign up to Join Dementia Research at:


Anyone over the age of 18 can sign up, including people with dementia or memory problems, carers for people with dementia or memory problems, and anyone else who is interested in supporting dementia research.

By signing up, you will be able to:

  •          Find out more about studies you might be able to take part in;
  •          Connect with researchers to show an interest in their studies;
  •          Help to improve dementia care and treatment.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

CLIMB Study - Online Survey - Sharing and Use of Health Data


The University of Cambridge is running an online survey to obtain the views of the general public (including patients, their families and NHS staff) about how health data should be shared and used. 


The online survey is open to anyone over the age of 16.  People aged under 16 years old can also take part with parent or guardian permission (this is requested during the online consent process). 

The survey can be filled in anonymously and takes about 20 minutes to complete.  If you would like to find out more or take part, please visit the survey website at:

If you decide to take part, you will be asked how you heard about the survey – please select ‘Coleridge Medical Centre, Ottery St Mary’ from the drop down box.

A copy of the study poster appears below and there is also a short video available to watch on the study website.


Friday, June 26, 2020

COVID-19 Research


There are a number of national research studies taking place which are exploring different aspects of COVID-19 in the community. 

 
PRINCIPLE Trial

This study is evaluating potential treatments for individuals who experience symptoms of COVID-19 in the community.  The trial is run by University of Oxford and the Practice is helping to recruit patients.  One of our clinical team may approach you about the research, if you consult with symptoms of COVID-19 and are aged over 50.  Alternatively, you can find out more about the research at: https://www.phctrials.ox.ac.uk/principle-trial/how-to-join

  

Some of our patients may receive information through the post direct from other study teams, inviting them to take part in national studies that are aiming to monitor the pandemic at a population level.  These include:

REACT - Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission Study

This research is being run by Imperial College London in conjunction with Ipsos MORI and the Department of Health & Social Care. A sample of patients will be selected from the general population by the REACT team and invited by letter to trial a finger prick blood test that looks for antibodies to the virus.  You would need to have received an invitation letter from the study team in order to register to take part.

COVID-19 Infection Survey

This is being run by University of Oxford, in collaboration with the Office for National Statistics and IQVIA.  A sample of households will be selected from the general population by the study team and invited to use self-testing (nasal/throat swab) kits and report any symptoms they may have over a period of time, repeating this at regular intervals.  You would need to have received a letter from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in order to register to take part.

 
 
All of the above studies have received appropriate NHS ethical approval.

If you are approached about taking part in research, it is important that you read the study information leaflets provided so that you understand exactly what taking part will involve.

Participation in research is entirely voluntary, so you are free to decline if you do not feel comfortable about taking part in a particular study.