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A publication by School members at the University of Manchester was awarded the prestigious Research Paper of the Year Award (2015) by the RCGP in London on 28 September 2016.

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The paper, ‘Non-disclosure of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in primary care and the limits of instrumental rationality in chronic illness self-management’ was recognised as an 'exceptional piece of research relating to general practice and primary care'. First author of the paper Dr Gavin Daker-White and his colleagues from the Universities of Keele and Southampton interviewed 26 CKD patients who had been recruited to a medical trial on how they described themselves in terms of their participation and involvement in consultations, focusing on important components of disease disclosure by GPs. The research was funded by the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for Greater Manchester. 

It is important to give information about a diagnosis of ‘early CKD’ in a way that makes sense to the patient and in the context of their other illnesses and social circumstances.

However, if a patient is told that early stage CKD is ‘nothing to worry about’  then why would they adapt their diet, exercise and other lifestyle factors in pursuance of cardiovascular health?”

- Gavin Daker-White told the RCGP

The University of Manchester's Institute of Population Health has been a member of the School since its establishment in 2006. Co-author of the winning paper, Tom Blakeman, received School funding in 2014 to conduct a qualitative study exploring 'sick day rules' for individuals with chronic kidney disease. Lead author Gavin Daker-White and colleague Sarah Knowles currently have School funding to investigate new ways of supporting people with multi-morbidity to ensure safety of care. 

Read the University of Manchester's press release

Read the RCGP press release

Other School members involved in award winning research include:

Category 1: Cancer. Category winner: 

Matthew Ridd and Chris Salisbury for the publication: Patient-doctor continuity and diagnosis of cancer: electronic medical records study in general practice

Category 2: CVD, Renal, Respiratory, Oral, ENT & Ophthalmology. Category winner: 

Gavin Daker-White, Anne Rogers, Anne Kennedy, Thomas Blakeman and Carolyn Chew-Graham for:  Non-disclosure of chronic kidney disease in primary care and the limits of instrumental rationality in chronic illness self-management

Category 3: Children, Reproduction, Genetics, Infections. Category winner:

Paul Little and Harriet DOwning for Childhood urinary tract infection in primary care: a prospective observational study of prevalence, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery

Category 4: Neurology, Mental Health and Dementia. Category winner: 

Sarah Knowles, Carolyn Chew-Graham and Peter Coventry for Managing depression in people with multimorbidity: a qualitative evaluation of an integrated collaborative care model

Category 5: Health Service Delivery and Public Health (includes generic primary care topics). Category winner: 

Martin Roland for Informal carers' health-related quality of life and patient experience in primary care: evidence from 195,364 carers in England responding to a national survey