How do GPs diagnose infection in the elderly?

bugsDiagnosis of serious infection in elderly patients and the decision to admit: a qualitative interview study with UK GPs

Diagnosis of serious infection in the growing elderly primary care population is important, because it carries high mortality, but challenging, because the signs, symptoms and tests which we use in younger patients can be less accurate in the elderly.

Dr Abi Moore is a GP trainee and clinical researcher based at the University of Oxford.  She is involved in a project that aims to find out how GPs diagnose serious infection in the elderly in the community and how they decide whether a patient needs admission.  In order to get a useful answer to this question she is keen to explore the views and experiences of currently practising GPs working in a variety of different settings.

Abi is keen to find GPs who would be willing to take part in this study, which involves a recorded telephone or face-to-face interview lasting 30-45 minutes.  She realises how pressured time can be and would therefore be happy to conduct the interview to fit around schedules, including early morning, evenings or weekends.  She can offer a certificate of participation in research that may be useful for appraisal or revalidation purposes and will reimburse you #60 for your time.  The information sheets below give further details about what participation in the study will involve.

You can contact Abi at the email address below if you are willing to participate in an interview.  She will then contact you by email or by telephone if you prefer, to arrange a convenient time.

Recruiting Letter    Information Sheet

Email Abi: abigail.moore@phc.ox.ac.uk

Ethics approval number: MS-IDREC-C1-2015-054

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