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Dr Beth Stuart BA (Hons), MSc, PhD

Associate Professor

Dr Beth Stuart

Dr Beth Stuart is an Associate Professor within Medicine at the University of Southampton.

Dr Beth Stuart is a medical statistician and quantitative methodologist.  Beth’s work involves helping researchers to develop research questions, design studies and plan analyses and interpret results.  She has experience of working with a wide variety of study designs including randomised controlled trials, observational cohorts and feasibility studies. 

Beth’s research involves evidence synthesis and explores innovative statistical approaches to secondary data analysis including latent class analysis and propensity scoring methods.  She is interested in how we might make the most of the data we collect as part of primary research including cross-design synthesis – combining observational and trial data. 


BA, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Oxford University 
MSc, Demography and Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
PhD, Social Statistics, University of Southampton 

Research interests

Medical statistics, particularly in a primary care setting.

Please visit the Primary Care website.

Southampton Clinical Trials Unit project
EXCALIBUR - Treating Acute EXacerbation of COPD with Chinese HerbAL MedIcine to aid AntiBiotic Use Reduction

Research group

Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

Affiliate research group

Research project(s)

4S Sore Throat Study (Scores and Swabs to Self-assess Sore Throats)

Acne Care Online

The Acne Care Online programme aims to aims to support young people with acne to use effective treatments and reduce the overuse of long-term antibiotics

Antidepressants for Insomnia: Cochrane systematic review

Antenatal Couples’ Counselling in Uganda (ACCU)


We are looking to investigate the usefulness of antibiotics in this age group, it follows a European wide trial that was very similar for adults. Children will be provided antibiotic or placebo and keep a symptom diary for up to 28 days. They can opt to provide a throat swab, a blood sample and have a chest x-ray.

BATHE Bath additives in the treatment of childhood eczema

CERAbTc-19 (Clinical Evaluation of Rapid Antibody Test for Covid-19)

CERrnaTc-19 (Clinical Evaluation of Rapid RNA Test for Covid-19)

Chinese Herbal medicine to aid AnTibiotic use reduction in exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (CHAT COPD)

COVID-19 virtual hospital Prognostic study (COVPRO)

The COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on societies around the globe. New approaches to managing people with suspected COVID-19 in the community have been developed, including virtual hospital wards. This study is using data from patients admitted to a virtual hospital to identify baseline factors associated with an adverse prognosis.

CPRD How has the GP management of depression changed in the last 10 years?

ECO - Eczema Care Online

This programme of research aims to promote effective eczema self-care by improving individuals’ knowledge of eczema treatments and influencing attitudes, skills, and habits related to treatment use.   

FAME Fatigue: acute Fatigue Assessment and Management in Everyday practice

OPEN: Out of Hours Prescribing: Enhancing Communication

The overuse and misuse of antibiotics in primary care is an increasing national and global concern due to the increasing risk of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) (when bacteria becomes resistant to treatments leading to increased risks of illness lasting longer, increased symptom severity and even death).

Patient-reported outcome measures for monitoring primary care patients with depression: PROMDEP randomised controlled trial.

We want to look at whether giving personal feedback to people being treated for depression might help them get better more quickly.

PROMs in Depression and Anxiety Disorders

PROMDEP Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMS) in the assessment and follow-up monitoring of patients with depression in Primary Care

REDUCE (REviewing long term anti-Depressant Use by Careful monitoring in Everyday practice)

Retrospective Survey of Prevention, Treatment, Occurrence and Outcomes of Covid-19 in the community (RTO-Covid-19)

This is a survey about what people have done to try and prevent and treat Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.

SNIFSII - Saline Nasal Irrigation For acute Sinusitis II

Acute sinus infections are one of the commonest infections managed in primary care, Currently GPs prescribe antibiotics to most  patients presenting with sinusitis, the highest of any of the common acute infections presenting in adults, at over 90%.

Supporting self-management of low back pain with an internet intervention in primary care: A randomised controlled trial of clinical and cost-effectiveness (SupportBack 2)

In the SupportBack 2 trial we aim to find out if an internet intervention, with or without physiotherapist support, can be effective in helping primary care patients manage low back pain.


The DIPSS (Integrating Digital Interventions into Patient Self-Management Support) project has received funding of £2 million from the NIHR to examine patient digital self-management with healthcare professional support in primary care. Our aim is to develop digital behaviour change interventions for asthma and hypertension self-management, which will be examined in feasibility studies and full RCT (hypertension only). Issues surrounding the feasibility, acceptability, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of digital intervention delivery will be explored with patients and healthcare professionals for each condition.

Talking in Primary Care 2: Testing the effects of communication skills e-learning for practitioners on patients’ musculoskeletal pain and enablement (TIP2)

AIM study - The development and validation of population clusters for integrating health and social care: A mixed-methods study on Multiple Long-Term Conditions (MLTC)

Dr Beth Stuart
Primary Care and Population Sciences Faculty of Medicine University of Southampton Aldermoor Health Centre Aldermoor Close Southampton SO16 5ST

Room Number : 9590 AHC/121/S2

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