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Researchers and trainees will be representing the SPCR at the NAPCRG annual meeting in New York and those whose publications were chosen as NAPCRG 'PEARLS' earlier this year will be presented with their awards at the prestigious international event.

The NAPCRG meeting is a forum for primary care researchers from across the globe to gather and present their research and runs from 22-25 November. Anthony Harnden from University of Oxford's Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences will be attending as the UK representative on the NAPCRG programme committee. 

Other SPCR researchers from across the School attending include:

Richard Hobbs, Chris Salisbury,  David Fitzmaurice, Clare Taylor, Michael Moore, Melanie Chalder, Tony Kendrick, Paramjit Gill, Grace Moran, Jane Vennik, Sarah Rodgers, Alastair Hay, Ignacio Ricci-Cabello, Joanne Protheroe, Tim Holt, Derek Kyte, Melanie Calvert, Abigail Methley and Ruth Blackburn.

Sarah Knowles and Claire Planner will be facilitating a Patient and Public Involvement workshop at the event. 


Each year 10-12 of the highest quality engaging and published studies - research that is relevant and practically meaningful for practicing clinicians - are chosen as PEARLs. The following publications were chosen this year:

  1. Taylor CJ, Roalfe AK, Iles R, Hobbs FDR. The potential role of NT-proBNP in screening for and predicting prognosis in heart failure: a survival analysis. BMJ Open (2014). 4:4 e004675

    A study on the potential role of the biomarker NT-proBNP in screening for heart failure and in predicting prognosis. Risk of heart failure increased almost 18-fold when NT-proBNP was 150pg/ml or above. Funded by the NIHR School for Primary Care Research.

  2. Fleming SGill PJones CVan den Bruel A, Taylor J, Heneghan CThompson M.  Systematic review of the diagnostic accuracy of capillary refill time for serious illness in children. 

    A systematic review that shows the simple capillary refill time test (where refill is more than 3 seconds) can red flag an increased probability of the presence of a serious illness in those children tested, with evidence to suggest this can be applied in low income settlings.

  3. Jones CHHowick J, Roberts NW, Price CP, Heneghan CPlüddemann A, Thompson MPrimary care clinicians' attitudes towards point-of-care blood testing: a systematic review of qualitative studies.BMC Family Practice (2013). 14:117 

    A cross-sectional survey of primary care clinicians’ use of point-of-care tests that found those most commonly used (urine pregnancy, urine leukocytes or nitrite, blood glucose) and identified the tests most commonly desired for use (D-dimer, troponin, and chlamydia). 

  4. Wang K, Birring SS, Taylor K, Fry NK, Hay AD, Moore M, Jin J, Perera RFarmer A, Little P, Harrison TG,Mant DHarnden AMontelukast for postinfectious cough in adults: a double-blind randomised placebo-controlled trialLancet Respir Med. (2014). 2(1):35-43.



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