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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 30 years' experience in a Salisbury practice.

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 and Medical Education based within the Faculty of Medicine.


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

Michael's 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 (APRHAI). 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.

Antibiotic resistance is a major public health threat. Tackling antibiotic overuse is a priority area for research.

Additional Research Project


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

Please visit the Primary Care  website.


Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

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Research project(s)

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

A digital behaviour change intervention to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak: A rapid co-design, implementation and evaluation project. (GERMDEFENCE)

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.

ATTACK: Aspirin to target arterial events in Chronic Kidney Disease

CEDAR the children's ear pain study

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.

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.

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

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).

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

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.

Positive Online Weight Reduction (POWeR)

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

Positive Online Weight Reduction Plus (POWeR+)


A primary care trial of a website based infection control intervention to modify influenza-like illness and respiratory infection transmission.

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

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

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.

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)

VENUS Study – Developing a new approach to managing care home residents with possible urinary tract infection 

PhD Supervision

Annie Herklots

Personal Academic Tutor

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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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