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Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education encompasses a broad range of research and teaching disciplines and areas including primary care, public health, medical statistics, qualitative methods, health economics and medical education. There is an active postgraduate group and our staff make major contributions to postgraduate training and medical undergraduate and leadership teaching.

Head of School – Professor Julies Parkes

Deputy Head of School – Professor Hazel Everitt


The constituent groups of our School are:


Our research is described in detail on the following websites
And under the personal pages of research staff:

Primary Care Research Centre

The Primary Care Research Centre undertakes world leading primary care research, helping to inform and improve evidence based health care. Since 2008 the Primary Care Research Centre (research led by Professor Paul Little) has been a member of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR). Our Centre has attracted a wide range of funding, notably from NIHR (Programme Grants, Health Services Research, EME, Public Health Research, RfPB, Health Technology Assessment) as well as other research bodies e.g. MRC, Arthritis Research Council and Macmillan Trust.

Population Sciences

Researchers in Population Sciences are working on a number of multi-disciplinary projects with a range of funding from NIHR (Health Technology Assessment, HS+DR, Public Health Research, ARC Wessex) and from charities (British Heart Foundation, British Renal Society, Kidney Research UK) and work closely with other Faculties and Schools right across the University of Southampton.

Medical Education

Medical Education staff undertake research activities that range from education research projects to research in the fields of clinical ethics and law, sociology, medical education including widening participation and pedagogic methods. Much of this research is collaborative and inter-disciplinary, involving colleagues from other faculties and other universities. The Medical Education Innovation Network (MEIN) aims to share best practices in education to improve students' learning experiences by supporting new educational strategies, disseminating cutting-edge educational research and promoting innovative projects.


Our contributions to education are:

Leading the development and delivery of many areas of the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) programmes. Supervision and examining of postgraduate students and Year 3 medical students’ projects. Co-supervision of postgraduate students including Health Sciences, Psychology, Geography and Mathematics. We are also involved in interviewing, lecturing, running seminars, being Personal Academic Tutors and OSCEs. Our postgraduate students are undertaking a broad range of work, some of their web profiles can be found on the Medicine Research Students page and a summary document of our postgraduate students and their projects can be viewed here.

Related ProjectsStatusType
OPTIMISE - OPtimising Treatment for MIld Systolic hypertension in the ElderlyDormantGrant
SAFETY - Screening for Atrial Fibrillation using Economical and accurate TechnologY - a pilot studyActiveGrant
HATRIC - Herbal Alternative Treatment (Pelargonium) for lower Respiratory tract Infections with Cough in adultsActive
Benefits of the Alexander Technique for sufferers with low back painActive
Empathica: Expectation Management for Patients in Primary Care: Developing and Feasibility Testing a New Digital Intervention for PractitionersActive
ACTIB - Assessing Cognitive behavioural Therapy in Irritable Bowel SyndromeActive
4S Sore Throat Study (Scores and Swabs to Self-assess Sore Throats)ActiveGrant
ACE-Inhibitors/Angiotensin Receptor Blockers and risk of death for people infected with COVID-19: a prospective cohort studyActive
EndoBarrier TM Gastrointestinal Liner Diabetes TrialActive
CPRD How has the GP management of depression changed in the last 10 years?Active
PROBITY - Prolonged Antibiotic Use, Inflammation and Obesity - a retrospective cohort studyActiveGrant
Patients’ experiences of self-management interventions for chronic widespread pain including fibromyalgia: A systematic review and thematic synthesis (CWP Qualitative Review)Active
ANCAP - Antibiotic Negotiations Conversation Analytic ProjectActiveGrant
Healthy Paths - Exploring primary care patients’ experience of an internet intervention ‘Healthy Paths’ for emotional distress Active
ROSE - Rosa canina fruit (rosehip) for OsteoarthritiS: a cochrane rEviewActive
Patterns of remission in type 2 diabetes: A cohort study in primary careActive
FAME Fatigue: acute Fatigue Assessment and Management in Everyday practiceActive
CONTACT Colchicine or Naproxen Treatment for Acute GoutActive
HHRCKD Hampshire Health Record Chronic Kidney Disease studyActive
A digital behaviour change intervention to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak: A rapid co-design, implementation and evaluation project. (GERMDEFENCE)Active
ARCHIE The early use of Antibiotics for at Risk CHildren with InfluEnza in primary careActive
Chinese Herbal medicine to aid AnTibiotic use reduction in exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (CHAT COPD)Active
MOMA Investigating the feasibility of a mobile mindfulness-based digital intervention for patients with asthmaActiveGrant
Retrospective Survey of Prevention, Treatment, Occurrence and Outcomes of Covid-19 in the community (RTO-Covid-19)Active
RECON - Reducing and preventing Cognitive impairment iN older age groups (the RECON programme)Active
Positive Online Weight Reduction Plus (POWeR+)Active
Reducing common infections in usual practice for recurrent respiratory tract infections: The RECUR ProgrammeActive
Drug therapies that can up or downregulate ACE2 receptors in COVID-19 infection: A systematic reviewActive
Integrating primary care and social services for older adults with multimorbidity: A mixed-methods studyActive
DEFINE: Development and evaluation of a FeNO-guided asthma management intervention in primary careActive
VENUS Study – Developing a new approach to managing care home residents with possible urinary tract infection Active
CANDID Cancer Diagnosis Decision RulesActive
CERAbTc-19 (Clinical Evaluation of Rapid Antibody Test for Covid-19)Active
Qualitative study on community pharmacists’ perspectives of recommending herbal medicine in acute infectionsActive
Andrographis paniculata (Chuan Xin Lian) for symptomatic relief of acute respiratory tract infections in adults and children: a systematic review and meta-analysisActive
Acupuncture for Back Pain: Evaluating Patient Outcomes and Their DeterminantsActive
Creating a taxonomy to harness the placebo effect in UK primary careActive
Utilising routinely-collected individual and area-level maternal and early life data to quantify childhood obesity riskActive
PANORAMIC - Platform Adaptive trial of NOvel antivRals for eArly treatMent of COVID-19 In the CommunityActive
BARACK-D Benefits of aldosterone receptor antagonism in chronic kidney diseaseActive
PROMDEP Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMS) in the assessment and follow-up monitoring of patients with depression in Primary CareDormantArchived
Antidepressants for Insomnia: Cochrane systematic reviewActive
OPEN: Out of Hours Prescribing: Enhancing CommunicationActive
Antenatal Couples’ Counselling in Uganda (ACCU)Active
Supporting Targeting Of antibiotics in Primary care to combat AMR using decision aids (STOP AMR – decision aids)Active
BREATHE (Breathing Retraining for Asthma Trial of Home Exercise)Active
Partnership for Improvement & Innovation in Dietary Assessment Technology (DIET@NET)Active
HaRI: Harnessing resources from the internet to maximise outcomes from GP consultations: A qualitative StudyActive
ORCHID 2 - Standardised Chinese Herbal Medicine for Menstrual Irregularity in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Nominal Group Technique and Prospective Observational StudyActive
ATAFUTI Alternative treatments of adult female urinary tract infectionActive
STREAM - Screen and TREAt for MalnutritionActive
SNIFSII - Saline Nasal Irrigation For acute Sinusitis IIActiveGrant
ECO - Eczema Care OnlineActiveGrant
CELLULITIS - Experiences of cellulitis and views about causation and preventionActive
Acne Care OnlineActive
Exploring parents’ experiences of common baby symptomsActive
Multidisciplinary Ecosystem to study Lifecourse Determinants and Prevention of Early-onset Burdensome Multimorbidity (MELD-B)Dormant
PROstate ACTIVE Surveillance supportActive
BATHE Bath additives in the treatment of childhood eczemaDormant
COVID-19 virtual hospital Prognostic study (COVPRO)Active
CERrnaTc-19 (Clinical Evaluation of Rapid RNA Test for Covid-19)Active
ALICE Antivirals for influenza like illness - an RCT of clinical and cost effectiveness in primary careActive
UNderstanding medIcal and non-medical anTibiotic prescribing for rEspiratory tract infections in primary care out of hours services: a qualitative analysis (The UNITE Study)Dormant
Pre-GRACE - GRoup Alexander lessons for Chronic musculoskeletal pain in Everyday practice (GRACE): preliminary development Active
The Hampshire Acute Kidney Injury StudyActive
D-fRUTI - D-mannose for recurrent UTI Active
ATHENA: Amitriptyline for the prevention of post-herpetic neuralgiaActive
Treatment Beliefs in Back PainActive
MACRO - Defining best management for adults with chronic rhinosinusitisActive
Patient-reported outcome measures for monitoring primary care patients with depression: PROMDEP randomised controlled trial.Active
Understanding treatment burden and enhancing capacity for older people with chronic kidney diseaseActive
PROMs in Depression and Anxiety DisordersDormantArchived
ATTOM Access to Transplantation and Transplant Outcome MeasuresActive
MABcan Understanding and perceptions of mindfulness-based interventions and development of an adapted mindfulness intervention for breast cancer patientsActive
The Atlantis study: Amitriptyline at Low-dose and Titrated for Irritable Bowel Syndrome as Second-line Treatment: A Double-blind Placebo-controlled TrialActive
Quantifying the association between COVID-19, ethnicity and mortality: A cohort studyActive
The REMOTION Study - Remote discussion of emotional symptoms in telephone versus face-to-face primary care consultations: A pilot studyActive
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)Active
PRINCESS - Probiotics to reduce infections in care home residents, the PRINCESS trialActive
A UK on-line 24h dietary recall tool for population studies: development, validation and practical application (myfood24)Active
CLASP Cancer: Life Affirming Survivorship support in Primary careActive
Family Planning: Fact or Fiction?Active
ATTACK: Aspirin to target arterial events in Chronic Kidney DiseaseActive
Talking in Primary Care 2: Testing the effects of communication skills e-learning for practitioners on patients’ musculoskeletal pain and enablement (TIP2)Active
HEAT Helicobacter Eradication Aspirin TrialActive
Developing a Multidisciplinary Ecosystem to study Lifecourse Determinants of Complex Mid-life Multimorbidity using Artificial Intelligence (MELD)ActiveGrant
ANTidepressants to prevent reLapse in dEpRession (ANTLER) Active
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)Active
CEDAR the children's ear pain studyActive
REDUCE (REviewing long term anti-Depressant Use by Careful monitoring in Everyday practice)Active
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