Clinical News


Do I prescribe too many antibiotics? What’s appropriate?

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Dr Tessa Lewis, Chair of NICE Managing Common Infections Committee, looks at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and Public Health England antibiotic prescribing guidelines. Dr Lewis outlines how these guidelines can support the challenge of identifying patients who are most and least likely to benefit from antibiotics and to support prescribing appropriately.


WISE GP: championing the Bananarama principle in general practice

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Guidelines play an important role for GPs, but they can’t give answers on how to care for an individual. GPs use generalist wisdom to deliver personal care, but do those outside (or even inside) the general practice profession fully understand what that is? Professor Joanne Reeve, WISE GP lead and Professor of Primary Care Research, Hull York Medical School, discusses WISE GP, a new initiative championing the wisdom of daily practice.


CIRC at RCGP Annual Conference 2019

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RCGP’s Clinical Innovation and Research Centre has activities taking place across the RCGP annual conference later this month. Here is an overview of CIRC activity for those who will be joining us in Liverpool.


The importance of influenza surveillance

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Professor Simon de Lusignan, Professor of Primary Care and Clinical Informatics, Oxford University, and Manasa Tripathy from the RCGP Research and Surveillance Centre explain how influenza surveillance helps establish flu vaccine effectiveness, benefits clinical practice, and improves patient care.


Understanding the increase in GP-ordered laboratory tests

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Laboratory tests are on the rise in UK healthcare. Hear from a team of researchers involved with the RCGP Impact from Research programme who are investigating why this might be. You can also help us to optimise test ordering for chronic conditions in primary care by filling in a short survey.


What more can GPs do to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance?

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There has been a lot of investment in combating antimicrobial resistance since Professor Dame Sally Davies, the former Chief Medical Officer said, "there are few public health issues of potentially greater importance for society than antibiotic resistance." But are we making a difference? Dr Donna Lecky, Senior Project Manager, Primary Care and Interventions Unit, Public Health England, asks if more can be done to improve our response to antimicrobial resistance.


Could a clinical prediction model help to reduce asthma misdiagnosis?

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Dr Luke Daines, a GP, Clinical Academic Fellow at the Chief Scientist Office (CSO), and winner of the new RCGP Scotland Early Career Academic GP Award, discusses the research and findings from his winning paper, ‘Systematic review of clinical prediction models to support the diagnosis of asthma in primary care’.


Quality improvement in Scotland

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Dr Scott Jamieson, GP and RCGP Scotland’s Executive Officer for Quality Improvement discusses the quality improvement programme of work in Scotland.


Look out for your October research updates

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This October, the Clinical Updates in your Weekly Digest have a golden thread of research running throughout. The RCGP recognises the key role that research plays in advancing the highest quality of care for patients. Here, Dr Nick Thomas, RCGP Clinical Lead for Research, outlines the research programme and some of the articles you can expect over the next month.


60 seconds with a Research Ready user

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Research Ready is an accreditation mechanism and research tool for GPs to undertake clinical research. Today we hear from Dr Paul Deffley, GP Partner at Trinity Medical Centre, Hove - a Research Ready practice - about his experience with using the programme in his practice, and how being accredited has supported his research.

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