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Research

GP RESEARCH

The Acorn Surgery believes in the power of research and plays an active role in many research studies. The practice is part of a network of General Practices in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough that host medical researches on a regular basis. Through recent years, the Practice has had a much higher total recruitment, this is all thanks to our patient engagement, however there is still more you can do to support research. 

We work collaboratively with the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research), CRN (Clinical Research Network) and Commercial Company Partnerships. Anyone registered within the practice could help to shape the future of health care by helping with research projects that you may be invited to participate in.

There are different levels of patient involvement for every research project. Some may be a single survey, or questionnaire, and some might be taking part in a clinical trial and require interviews. Please consider any patient information leaflets you may receive about the research carefully. If you are interested in finding out more about practice research, please feel free to contact a member of the Acorn Research Team.

The Acorn is looking at different ways of engaging with patients with Practice Research. If there is any way you feel we could improve, please provide your feedback through our website. 

CONSENT 

You are completely at liberty to decline any request to take part in a research trial and your full consent will always be obtained before being included in a study. Invitations for studies are sent through the Practice, we will not share your personal details until consent is obtained. All staff involved in practice research are Good Clinical Practice (GCP) trained and aware of informed consent. For even more information on being part of research, visit: https://bepartofresearch.nihr.ac.uk/

 

 

CURRENT ACTIVE RESEARCH TRIALS 

PANORAMIC TRIAL
https://www.panoramictrial.org/
Panoramic is a UK-wide clinical study sponsored by the university of oxford and funded by the national institute for health research to find out in which people new antiviral treatments for covid-19 in the community reduce the need for hospital admission and get better sooner.
If you currently have COVID-19 and would like to take part, please follow the link to self-refer and the study will contact you directly with more information.

PRINCIPLE
https://www.principletrial.org/
PRINCIPLE is a UK-wide clinical study from the University of Oxford to find COVID-19 treatments for recovery at home, looking for medicines that can help people with COVID-19 symptoms get better quickly and stop patients needing to go to hospital. PRINCIPLE is recruiting participants through this website and also through GP practices across the UK.
PRINCIPLE is open to all with ongoing symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status.
If you would like to sign up to the study please follow the URL link, alternatively contact the research administrator at the practice.

HIPDYS STUDY

The Acorn Surgery currently taking part in the HipDys Study. This is a clinical checklist that will be put to practice at baby 8 week checks. The purpose of the study is to try and reduce inappropriate diagnosis and missed diagnosis of Congenital Hip Dysplasia in babies. https://www.ucl.ac.uk/priment/our-collaborations/hipdys follow the URL if you would like to find out more. 

IMMUNE DEFENCE STUDY
A research study designed to see if nasal sprays, getting active and reducing stress help people get fewer and less severe infections such as flu, colds and similar respiratory infections.
If you have received an invitation and would like to take part, please follow the URL link: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/idstudy/index.page  

ATTACK (Aspirin To Target Arterial events in CKD)
https://www.southampton.ac.uk/attack-trial/about/about-attack.page.
This Study relates to using aspirin in CKD patients. You may have received an invitation from the practice or may be eligible to take part. Follow the link to find out more and if you would like to take part contact the Research Administrator at the Acorn Surgery.

BICS (Bisoprolol in COPD Study)
The study is looking at whether taking Bisoprolol may help reduce COPD exacerbations. You may have received an invitation to take part, if you are interested please contact the research administrator at the Acorn Surgery.

ERICA
The Acorn is currently taking part in the ERICA trial, this is a software trial identifying patients with a high cancer risk.

PREVIOUS RESEARCH STUDIES 

You may have seen or heard from the Acorn about some of these now closed to recruitment studies: 
GLOW Study                                   PRODEMOS                             PAM Trial                 PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT COVID SURVEY
RECAP                                            DI-FACTO                                 INTENSE                CLIMB Survey