We participate in a number of data collection and research projects. This means that medical records may be used, in a strictly anonymised way, for medical research purposes and that nobody outside of the practice can identify you from the information released.
Research has had to have been approved by a Research Ethics Committee. You have the right to prevent the release of your anonymised data from the practice. If you wish to exercise this right then please let the Practice Manager know.
Occasionally, you may receive a letter in the Practice's name, asking if you would like to participate in a research project. Similarly a doctor or nurse may ask you during a consultation if you would like to participate in research. This may mean that non-anonymised information may be released from the practice. Whilst we hope you would be willing to help, you are not under any obligation, and you may refuse with no adverse effect on your care. We will only release the information with your written consent.
"Real world" pain outcomes and experiences of care
Keele University Research Team are working with GPs to find out how to improve treatment for people with painful conditions, like back or neck pain and osteoarthritis (musculoskeletal conditions). We need your help to collate accurate information about your treatment. If you attend the practice with any musculoskeletal conditions, you may be invited to take part in the study.