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Professor Michael Moore BM, BS, MRCP, FRCGP

Professor of Primary Health Care Research

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Professor Michael Moore is Professor of Primary Health Care Research within Medicine at the University of Southampton. He is an academic GP with more than 25 years' experience as a partner in a Salisbury practice. His practice has been engaged in research since 1993 and is now actively contributing to NIHR clinical network research.

We are in danger entering the post antibiotic age - it is our responsibility to identify ways of protecting our current antibiotics for future generations


He is part of the School of Primary Care and Population Sciences based within the Faculty of Medicine.

His research interests include the optimal management of acute minor illness with a focus on antibiotic sparing strategies. He was the RCGP National Clinical Champion for Antimicrobial Stewardship 2012-15 and currently serves on the government advisory board for antibiotics (ARHAI). He is a member of NAMRIP, the University’s Network for Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Prevention strategic research group.

Other research interests include depression management, obesity, alcohol and liver disease.


B. Med. Sci. 1980 Nottingham
B.M. B.S. 1982 Nottingham
M.R.C.P. (UK) 1985
D.R.C.O.G. 1987
M.R.C.G.P. 1988

Certificate in Health Economics - University of Aberdeen 1999
Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners November 2000
MSC Research in Health (Dist) - University of Southampton 2004

Research interests

ATAFUTI Alternative treatments of adult female urinary tract infection

Nearly all women seeing there doctor with urine infection (cystitis) receive antibiotics- this study is testing if alternative approaches with traditional herbal medicine might reduce antibiotics use.

BREATHE (Breathing Retraining for Asthma Trial of Home Exercise)

Despite effective treatment for asthma many people continue to have troublesome breathing problems. This study is trying to reduce symptoms by using a web based breathing training package

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

More than one in ten adults in the UK is now taking an antidepressant tablet- we are exploring routine data to understand the effect of the recession and guidelines on prescribing

EndoBarrier TM Gastrointestinal Liner Diabetes Trial

Testing a promising new non operative approach to weight loss surgery


Treating Acute EXacerbation of COPD with Chinese HerbAL MedIcine to aid AntiBiotic Use Reduction

HEAT Helicobacter Eradication Aspirin Trial

Can the risk of stomach ulcers and bleeding be reduced in users of aspirin by testing and treating H pylori infection?

Positive Online Weight Reduction (POWeR)

Developing a nurse-delivered behavioural intervention to support weight loss in obese adults

PROMs in Depression and Anxiety Disorders

Does using and sharing a measure of depression severity help people get better more quickly?


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Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

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Primary Care Research group

Research project(s)

ALICE Antivirals for influenza like illness - an RCT of clinical and cost effectiveness in primary care

Infectious diseases are a major threat to human wellbeing and economic and social development. Influenza, a highly contagious virus, causes a common respiratory infection with local and systemic symptoms.

ANCAP - Antibiotic Negotiations Conversation Analytic Project

Many patients in primary care are being prescribed antibiotics to treat mild infections such as colds, earaches and sore throats. Many of these are viral rather than bacterial infections that get better on their own and which can be treated with self-care (such as rest, fluids and mild pain killers).

ANTidepressants to prevent reLapse in dEpRession (ANTLER)

We want to find out if long term maintenance treatment for depression is effective.


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.

ATAFUTI Alternative treatments of adult female urinary tract infection

ATTACK: Aspirin to target arterial events in Chronic Kidney Disease

BREATHE (Breathing Retraining for Asthma Trial of Home Exercise)

Although effective medicinal treatment exists for asthma, many people continue to have distressing symptoms and impaired quality of life. People with asthma have expressed interest in non-drug asthma treatments, particularly in breathing exercises. Several recent studies have shown benefits from a short course of breathing exercises taught by a respiratory physiotherapist for people with asthma who remained symptomatic despite usual treatment. We believe that many NHS patients could potentially benefit from these exercises, but unfortunately, there is currently not enough access to suitable trained physiotherapists able to provide such a service. We propose to provide the same breathing training programme that we have previously shown to be effective when taught 'face-to-face' by a physiotherapist in the form of a DVD, or internet download. Patients will use this in their own home at times convenient to them, in addition to their standard treatment (e.g. with inhalers). We will find out whether this type of instruction is better than the 'usual care' that is currently provided, and whether it is as good as the 'face to face' physiotherapist instruction (which is more expensive and less convenient for patients).

CEDAR the children's ear pain study

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

D-fRUTI - D-mannose for recurrent UTI

Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections (RUTIs), where patients experience more than three UTI episodes in a year, or two in 6 months, are common among women, affecting up to 800000 women in the UK annually.

EndoBarrier TM Gastrointestinal Liner Diabetes Trial

HATRIC - Herbal Alternative Treatment (Pelargonium) for lower Respiratory tract Infections with Cough in adults

Acute chest infections are common and antibiotics are often prescribed despite them having limited impact on the symptoms. Finding a safe and effective way to control the symptoms associated with a chest infection, particularly cough, could help reduce antibiotic use.

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

HEAT Helicobacter Eradication Aspirin Trial

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.

PROBITY - Prolonged Antibiotic Use, Inflammation and Obesity - a retrospective cohort study

This is a retrospective cohort study to investigate the long-term effects of prolonged antibiotic consumption on health.

PROMs in Depression and Anxiety Disorders

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

There is considerable concern about increasing antidepressant use in England. GPs are giving out more than 50 million prescriptions a year, to more than 1 in 10 adults.

ROSE - Rosa canina fruit (rosehip) for OsteoarthritiS: a cochrane rEview

This is an update of an existing Cochrane systematic review of oral herbal medicines for osteoarthritis; focusing specifically on Rosa Canina fruit. The Cochrane review aims to evaluate the benefits and harms of R. Canina fruit for symptoms of osteoarthritis in adults.

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%.

UNderstanding medIcal and non-medical anTibiotic prescribing for rEspiratory tract infections in primary care out of hours services: a qualitative analysis (The UNITE Study)

Development and Clinical trial of a mixed (Multi/single-use) catheter management package for users of Intermittent Catheters - MultICath

This is a randomised controlled trial in which participants must be willing to use one of two intermittent catheterisation strategies which will be randomly allocated by computer.

Positive Online Weight Reduction (POWeR)

Developing a nurse-delivered behavioural intervention to support weight loss in obese adults

Positive Online Weight Reduction Plus (POWeR+)

OPEN: Out of Hours Prescribing: Enhancing Communication

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

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

Member of the Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance & Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI)

Theme lead for primary care theme of the NIHR Wessex CLAHRC

Member of the executive group of the Wessex Clinical Research Network

Member of the Wessex Alcohol Collaborative


PhD supervision

Jane Vennik
Lily Lai
Jeanne Trill

Supervision of medical student study in depth

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2 December 2014
NICE pneumonia guidelines featuring Professor Michael Moore a member of the Guideline Development Group.

24 September 2014
Antibiotics - the lowdown, article in Weight Watchers Magazine (Nov 2014), please see clipping of the article in the 'Useful downloads' section.

9 January 2014
Article in the Mirror: 'Top medic warns increased levels of antibiotics are putting nursing home residents at risk'.
Also related to this is an article from the BMJ following up on the select committee.

25 October 2013
An article entitled 'Clinical score cuts antibiotic use for sore throats by 30%' in 'Pulse Today' 25 October 2013 regarding our PRISM study is available to read on this link.

28 October 2013
An interview with Dr Michael Moore on the BBC radio 4 programme Inside Health is available to listen to via this link.

25 September 2013
'Traffic light' test could prevent hundreds of people developing alcohol-related cirrhosis. Please click here for full news item.

15 November 2012
GP warning on antibiotic overuse. Please click here for full news item.

Professor Michael Moore
Primary Care and Population Sciences
Aldermoor Health Centre
Aldermoor Close
SO16 5ST

Room Number: 9590 AHC/127/S2

Telephone:(023) 8059 1774

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