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RCGP reveals Research Paper of the Year

RCGP (The Royal College Of General Practitioners) : 04 July, 2013  (Company News)
People living in the most deprived areas develop complex and multiple medical conditions 10 to 15 years earlier than those from more affluent areas is a key finding of a research study by Bruce Guthrie and Karen Barnett at Dundee University and Graham Watt and Stewart Mercer at Glasgow University, which has been awarded the prestigious Research Paper of the Year by the Royal College of General Practitioners.

The study also found that there needs to be a shift from single disease management to 'whole person' care if their health needs are to be met.


The study used the electronic records of 1.75 million patients registered with over 300 GP practices in Scotland and measured the presence of 40 conditions to examine how common multimorbidity was, and which groups of patients were most likely to have it.


The paper looked at the explicit link between physical health, mental health and socio-economic deprivation -  raising a question of cause or effect - and calls for a new approach to managing several conditions in individual patients at the same time.


The Research Paper of the Year Award gives recognition to an individual or group of researchers who have undertaken and published an exceptional piece of research relating to general practice or primary care. The paper is being presented by RCGP Honorary Secretary Professor Amanda Howe at the Society of Academic Primary Care conference and the winners will address the RCGP Annual Conference in October.


Awards are made in several categories and all the categories were highly competitive. The winning papers have direct messages for GPs on how to improve their practise or raise more questions and identify areas for further research.


The other category winners were:


Cancer: This showed that GPs using best practice guidelines with a medical history and naked eye examination had a higher success rate of detecting suspicious skin cancers than the digital assessment tool, MoleMate. It was carried out by Walter et al.


Dementia: This paper by Connolly et al advocated a holistic approach when caring for patients with dementia and highlighted the importance of carer and social care support during annual reviews.


Medicines for Children: Koshy et al's paper looked into whether there was a relationship between the drop in tonsillectomies and the increasing number of  hospital admissions for acute throat infections. It advocates tonsillectomies only for children who suffer recurrent episodes of tonsillitis, reassuring parents that a reduction in tonsillectomies is not harmful.


Stroke: This systematic review by Clark et al found a strong relationship between patients with significant difference in blood pressure between arms and the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. It has since been used to inform European society hypertension guidelines.


Diabetes: Simmons et al followed up patients who were originally studied 10-years previously. The conclusion was that screening for diabetes was not associated with any reduction in mortality. One reason is that improved lifestyles has led to better management of cardiovascular risk factors.


Mental health: Cresswell et al challenged the 'dogma' of current coding practices, concluding that they are not necessarily appropriate for mental health conditions.


Dr Clare Gerada, Chair of the Royal College of GPs and member of the judging panel, said: "Standards were incredibly high this year and all the entries showcase the amazing work that GPs do for patients, as well as demonstrating the importance of research to practising GPs caring for patients in their surgeries".


"The winning paper highlights the essential role of the generalist in the future NHS and echoes many of the concerns raised by the College in our vision for the future of general practice,  The 2022 GP. It also backs our call for more spending in general practice to meet the challenges we face in meeting the needs and expectations of our patients."

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