HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland

Established in 2015, the HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland (CTNI) is a collaboration between researchers based at National University of Ireland Galway, The HRB Centre for Primary Care Research and Queen’s University Belfast. The Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) is the other key partner in the Network, with many GPs and other primary care health professionals engaged in research with the Network. Working closely with the public, with patients and with GPs and other healthcare professionals, the Network aims to improve individual patient health and health care by conducting high quality, internationally recognised, randomised trials in Irish primary care, addressing important and common problems.

The HRB Centre for Primary Care Research is leading on two CTNI supported randomised controlled trials.

  1. Prof Susan Smith is PI the SPPiRE study (Supporting Prescribing in Primary Care: a cluster randomised controlled trial) funded through the CTNI. The overall aim of this research is to evaluate the effectiveness and acceptability of a multifaceted intervention in improving prescribing in older people with multimorbidity in Irish primary care.
  2. Prof Tom Fahey and Dr Muireann de Paor are being supported by the CTNI in conducting the Irish recruitment for the European Antivirals for influenza like illness? An RCT of clinical and cost effectiveness in primary care (ALIC4E). ALIC4E is funded through PREPARE (Platform for European Preparedness Against (Re-)emerging Epidemics).