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Salisbury Medical Practice is a practice which hosts research activities. This means that you may be asked to participate in research studies. You do not have to take part and if you decline your normal medical care will not be affected.


Current Research Studies

    • Home BP - Home Blood Pressure Management Programme
      • Aims to test whether blood pressure is reduced in patients with poorly controlled hypertension when patients follow simple online intervention involving:
        • Monitoring their blood pressure at home,
        • Prescribers receiving an email if patient’s blood pressure stays too high for too long, so that they can change their patients medication,
        • Supporters offering online support and face-to-face appointments, to help with the programme
        • Downloadable copy of the Home BP Diary: Home BP diary


    • PACT – Personalised Medicine for Asthma Control
      • Investigating whether it helps to take children and young people’s genetic makeup into account when deciding which medicine to give them


    • STILTS (2) - Common and Rare Variants Associated with Thinness
      • This study is a follow up from STILTS. It aims to look at the genetic factors that determine genetic susceptibility in thin people.


    • REACTS – Return to Employment After Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery
      • Aims to answer the questions “when” and “how” do patients return to work after elective carpal tunnel release surgery


    • STREAM – Screen and Treat for Malnutrition Programme
      • Aims to assess malnutrition screen and treat policies for older people living in their own home, who are at risk of malnutrition


    • BARACK-D – Benefits of Aldosterone Receptor Antagonism in Chronic Kidney Disease Trial
      • A prospective randomised open blinded endpoint trial to determine the effect of aldosterone receptor antagonism on mortality and cardiovascular outcomes in patients with stage 3b chronic kidney disease


    • FORECEE – Female Cancer Prediction Using Cervical Omics to Individualise Screening and Prevention
      • To aid prediction and risk stratification of the four main women-specific cancers: breast, ovarian, endometrial and cervical cancer


    • ARRISIA – At Risk Registers Integrated into Primary Care to Stop Asthma Crises in the UK
      • A randomised controlled trial of GP practice staff training and high risk patient identification and flagging to reduce the occurrence of severe asthma related events


    • FAME - Acute Fatigue and Management in Everyday Practice
      • This is a pilot study to establish the likely inclusion criteria for an acute fatigue cohort. It has the view to develop a management system for patients with a contextual understanding of the key issues in achieving recovery from acute fatigue.


Research is a front line service offering improved experiences and outcomes for patients, along with new and improved treatments backed by scientific research. It provides innovative and efficient services with increased skills amongst NHS professionals.

Research is a core part of the NHS which helps to improve the NHS’s current and future health service for patients.

    • High quality research stops us making assumptions and ensures we have supporting evidence that helps us provide better care for patients.
    • It makes a vital contribution to the improvement of the NHS.
    • At Salisbury Medical Practice we are an RCGP research ready practice which is part of the primary care research network which is an organisation that is used by the NHS to conduct research.
    • Participation in studies is completely voluntary and would not affect any further treatment you may have with us.
    • We use DOCMAIL to send out the mail to the participates, this is a secure mailing service which helps us send out large numbers of letters to patients saving us valuable time where we could focus more time on serving patients. DOCMAIL is compliant with data protection laws and they will only have your name and address which is not passed on to any third parties and is destroyed after 28 days.


Practice involvement in research

Research studies help to answer specific questions about health and health care. For example;

    • Whether new treatments or ways of organising services are effective (do they work?)
    • Whether those treatments or services are cost-effective (do they give value for money?)
    • How different health problems develop and progress over time – to help gain a better understanding of that health problem
    • The views of patients and health professionals about a particular treatment, intervention or service and how they might be improved.

What does this mean for you, the patient?

There are different ways that patients can become involved in studies our Practice is participating in.

    • A doctor or nurse may talk to you about the study and ask whether you would consider taking part or
    • You will be sent information through the post if we feel that you might be a suitable participant
    • You may read information on the website about a current study and wish to take part by contacting the practice

Patients who express an interest in finding out more about a study will be asked for their permission to share their name and contact details with the study team. Some studies require direct contact between participants and the team; others involve contact through a member of practice staff or with a Primary Care Research Network research nurse.


Participation in research is entirely voluntary and you have the right to say ‘No’. Nobody will put pressure on you to take part in research if you do not wish to. You do not have to give us a reason if you decide not to take part.

  • Your care and your relationship with your doctor or nurse will not be affected in any way if you decide not to take part in a research study
  • You will always receive clear information about what taking part in a research study would involve. The practice will usually provide you with a patient information sheet; then, if you agree to take part, the study team will explain the study to you in more detail and you will have the opportunity to ask questions about it
  • Nobody from outside this practice will be given your contact details or have access to your medical records without your prior consent. If you do agree to take part in a study, you will be asked to sign a consent form – this will clearly state which parts of your notes (if any) may be looked at for the purposes of the research


You will not be asked to take part in a large number of studies. Most researchers are very specific about the criteria that people need to meet in order to enter their study. Usually this means that only a relatively small number of patients at the practice will be suitable for any one study.

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