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Researchers at the University of Nottingham have confirmed excellent recruitment numbers for two SPCR funded studies aimed at testing and improving proposed interventions for familial breast cancer and patient experiences of safety in primary care.

Developing and refining interventions in primary care

The Familial Breast Cancer study, led by Professor Nadeem Qureshi, has currently recruited 1144 patients from general practices in Derbyshire.The purpose of the study is to develop an intervention to systematically identify women, aged 30-60, at familial risk of breast cancer in primary care. It is important to identify these women so they can benefit from specialist referral and preventative care.

This proactive intervention involves women completing a validated family history questionnaire combined with practices using decision-making software to calculate familial breast cancer risk, leading to better targeted referral to specialist services. 

We are particularly pleased that we have been able to recruit women from some of the most underserved areas of the county.” 
- Nadeem Qureshi

A new instrument has been developed to assess patient reported experiences of safety in primary care and this forms part of the Patient Safety Toolkit study led by Professor Tony Avery.  Around 50 practices across the country have hosted the final version of the questionnaire to a random sample of patients and 1217 completed questionnaires have been returned which are now being analysed. 

Both studies are funded until Summer this year and are expected to publish shortly after.  

This survey will provide some of the best evidence available internationally on patients experiences of safety in primary care and we hope that the instrument will be used more widely by others in the future."
- Tony Avery