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Dr Miriam Santer MBBChir, MRCGP, PhD

Professor of Primary Care Research

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Dr Miriam Santer is Professor of 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

Professor Santer leads research with a particular focus on supporting self-management for long-term conditions. While her main focus is primary care, she also aims to carry out research that reaches across primary and secondary care. She is interested in developing evidence to inform management of a wide range of conditions including eczema, acne, skin infections, gout and the management of mental health, acute respiratory illnesses and chronic pain.

Her research methods include qualitative and quantitative research and pragmatic trials in primary care.

Research interests

Professor 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 and evaluate online resources to promote effective eczema self-care and address issues around topical corticosteroid use in eczema.

Professor Santer co-leads an NIHR HTA grant SAFA (Spironolactone for Adult Female Acne), which is a randomised trial of spironolactone vs placebo for the treatment of acne in women. The trial is recruiting through primary care, secondary care and social media advertising.

Other research interests include working with researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff and Nottingham on the NIHR HTA-funded BATHE trial (Bath Additives for the Treatment of cHildhood Eczema), NIHR HTA-funded BEE trial (Best Emollient for Eczema) and NIHR School for Primary Care TEST (Trial of Eczema allergy Screening Tests).

Postgraduate student supervision

Currently supervising 3 PhD students

Please visit the Primary Care  website.


Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

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Research project(s)

BATHE Bath additives in the treatment of childhood eczema

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

CELLULITIS - Experiences of cellulitis and views about causation and prevention

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

Exploring parents’ experiences of common baby symptoms

Patients’ experiences of self-management interventions for chronic widespread pain including fibromyalgia: A systematic review and thematic synthesis (CWP Qualitative Review)

Qualitative study on community pharmacists’ perspectives of recommending herbal medicine in acute infections

Understanding treatment burden and enhancing capacity for older people with chronic kidney disease

This study is exploring people’s experience of managing chronic kidney disease (CKD) - a common long-term condition affecting about a third of older people in the UK.

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)

  • GP and research lead at Denmark Road Medical Centre, Bournemouth
  • Senior PPI lead for Southampton Primary Care Research Centre
  • Deputy lead for finance PPM
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  • Delivers 3rd Year Medical student lecture on eczema
  • Medical student selection interviewer
  • Offers 3rd Year research projects in Primary Care

November 2019

Research led by the University of Southampton, which found one of the most widely used treatments for childhood eczema is not helpful, has won a prestigious research award.

Dr Miriam Santer
Primary Care and Population Sciences Aldermoor Health Centre Aldermoor Close Southampton SO16 5ST

Room Number: 9590 AHC/144/S2

Facsimile:(023) 8070 1125

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