Research co-led by Professor Chris Butler, Professorial Fellow in Primary Healthcare, has been recognised with a category prize at the recent Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Research Paper of the Year awards, for the second year running.
Following an award of £1.24 million to University of Oxford researchers, it has also been announced that Professor Butler has been appointed to lead a medical diagnostics co-operative.
Researchers from several universities have been presented with the RCGP award for research outlining a new symptoms-and-signs-based clinical rule to help GPs diagnose urinary tract infection (UTI) in children, published in Annals of Family Medicine.
Led by Chris Butler and Professor Alastair Hay, of the Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol, the three-year study involved 7,000 children and is currently the largest, most comprehensive of its kind in primary care.
The DUTY (Diagnosis of Urinary Tract infections in Young children) study was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The RCGP Research Paper of the Year award is presented each year across six categories to recognise an individual or group of researchers who have undertaken and published an exceptional piece of research relating to general practice or primary care.
Following an award of £1.24 million to University of Oxford researchers to lead a medical diagnostics co-operative that will drive forward the development, evaluation and uptake of new medical diagnostic technologies to improve outcomes for patients in the community, Professor Butler will be the Director of the National Institute for Health Research-funded Community Healthcare MedTech and In vitro diagnostics Co-operative (MIC) Oxford. The MIC will partner commercial medical technology developers to ensure new concepts are rigorously evaluated, applicable in the NHS, and have far-reaching clinical benefit.
Posted: 4 October 2017