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Dr Miriam Santer MBBChir, MRCGP, PhD

Associate Professor in Primary Care Research

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Dr Miriam Santer is Associate Professor in Primary Care Research within Medicine at the University of Southampton and a GP at Denmark Road Medical Centre in Bournemouth.

GPs deal with a wide range of problems but often face gaps in the evidence-base on how to manage these. I aim to address some of these gaps

Dr Santer recently completed a NIHR post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Southampton. She carried out work exploring families’ experiences of caring for childhood eczema and developing self-management resources to support them in this. She was previously a MRC Health Services Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, where she completed her PhD using mixed qualitative and quantitative methods to look at why women consult their GP for heavy menstrual bleeding.

She has worked in Primary Care Research in Edinburgh, Dundee and Southampton.

Her research methods include qualitative and quantitative research and pragmatic trials in primary care. Dr Santer is interested in developing evidence to inform Primary Care management of a wide range of common conditions including childhood eczema, gout, heavy menstrual bleeding, chlamydia screening and the management of acute respiratory illnesses. She is particularly interested in how Primary Care can support self management for both acute illnesses and long term conditions.






Research interests

Dr Santer is working on SPaCE (Supporting Parents and Carers of children with Eczema); a web-based intervention developed with Professor Paul Little and Professor Lucy Yardley, which is currently undergoing evaluation. She is also working with researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff and Nottingham on the BATHE trial (Bath Additives for the Treatment of cHildhood Eczema), which is testing the effectiveness of bath emollients in the management of childhood eczema.

Dr Santer is co-lead on an NIHR Programme Grant, Eczema Care Online, co-led by colleagues at the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology at the University of Nottingham. This programme of research aims to develop online resources to promote effective eczema self-care and address issues around topical corticosteroid use in eczema.

Dr Santer is also involved in large multi-centre studies with Professor Paul Little in Southampton (GRACE) and has collaborated with researchers from other Universities to investigate topics such as vitiligo and gout.

Academic unit(s)

Primary Care & Population Sciences Academic Units

Affiliate academic unit(s)

Primary care Research group

Research project(s)

BATHE Bath additives in the treatment of childhood eczema

CELLULITIS - Experiences of cellulitis and views about causation and prevention

Cellulitis is a painful bacterial infection of the skin and underlying tissues, usually as a result of breaks in the skin allowing bacteria to get through. This is a survey and interview study of people who have had cellulitis to find out more about their views around the causes of cellulitis and their experiences of preventing recurrent episodes.

CONTACT Colchicine or Naproxen Treatment for Acute Gout

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.   

Healthy Paths - Exploring primary care patients’ experience of an internet intervention ‘Healthy Paths’ for emotional distress

ORCHID 2 - Standardised Chinese Herbal Medicine for Menstrual Irregularity in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Nominal Group Technique and Prospective Observational Study

The aim of this project is to improve quality of life for people with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) by exploring new treatments for related oligo- and amenorrhoea (i.e. irregular or absent menstrual periods due to PCOS).


• GP at Denmark Road Medical Centre, Bournemouth

• Research lead at Denmark Road Medical Centre, Bournemouth

• PhD supervisor

• Supervisor of medical BMedSci students

• Member of Society for Academic Primary Care Dermatology Special Interest Group

• Member of Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network (SIGN) development group) on the management of genital chlamydia infection (Guideline 42, 2001)






  • PhD student Emma Teasdale
  • 4th year medical student projects

Past teaching roles:

  • Tutoring on Yorkshire and Lothian MRCGP courses 1999 - 2002
  • Co-organiser for Lothian Evidence Based Medicine one day courses for GPs 1999 - 2001
  • Wide variety of Primary Care-led undergraduate teaching, including facilitating communication skills learning with the use of video and actors
Dr Miriam Santer
Primary Care and Population Sciences Aldermoor Health Centre Aldermoor Close Southampton SO16 5ST

Room Number:9590 AHC/144/S2

Telephone:(023) 8059 1789
Facsimile:(023) 8070 1125

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