The Doctors, Nurses and Staff are keen to take part in Research Studies here at the Riverside Practice and are very well supported by the Clinical Research Network (CRN) Eastern team. Results from Research studies are aimed at improving patient care and making best use of precious NHS resources.
Research studies vary in the amount of time and input that is required from the volunteer. It is important to emphasise that volunteering for these research projects is extremely helpful; however participants are free to withdraw at any stage without any effect on their care. For more information please see the NIHR patients and public web page at - https://www.nihr.ac.uk/nihr-in-your-area/eastern/
The CRN team help us to choose Research Studies which would best suit our practice population. Studies are suggested that are suitable and safe and at present we do not include any drug trials. All members of staff included in the process of Research Studies have undergone training in Good Clinical practice in relation to Research.
RESEARCH STUDIES CURRENTLY RECRUITING
iQuit – Open to patients that:
- are currently smoking and wishing to quit
- have a mobile phone and familiar with using text messages.
The aim of the study is to assess the effectiveness of the iQuit intervention compared with usual care. Saliva sample packs at six months to those verbally confirming abstinence from smoking.
Best3 – Suitable patients will be invited to take part in this study if they are;
- Aged over 50years
- have taken acid-suppressing medication for at least 6 months.
The aim of the study is to compare the Cytosponge test with usual care to facilitate the diagnosis of oesophageal cancer.
Supporting Mental Wellbeing – Patients will be invited to take part if:
- Over 18years
- Currently diagnosed with cancer, chronic pain, coronary heart disease, dementia, and/or stroke.
- Currently receive practical and/or emotional support from an adult family member or friend.
This study is part of a wider project for which the long-term aim is to develop a relevant, acceptable and evidence-based intervention facilitating mutual support for mental wellbeing between people living with chronic physical conditions and their supporters.
Continued studies – no longer recruiting, but follow-up continues
Management of Multiple Medications (Momms) – this study looks at testing new guidelines when reviewing patients 75yrs and older taking multiple medications.
Allheart- To determine whether the addition of allopurinol to usual therapy improves cardiovascular outcomes, is cost-effective and improves quality of life.
TIME - A study to determine if medication taken for raised Blood Pressure taken in the evening has improved cardiovascular outcomes compared with more conventional morning dosing.
Optimise – The aim of this study is to understand the barriers and facilitators to describing medication for raised Blood Pressure in the elderly.
For General enquiries regarding Research Studies please contact Tina Goult, Nurse Manager at the Riverside Practice.