Community and primary care based infection research
Alastair qualified with Distinction in Medicine from Sheffield Medical School in 1991. He has been a General Practitioner since 1997 and joined the Academic Unit of Primary Health Care at the University of Bristol in 2001. His overall career aim is to produce nationally and internationally valued primary care research and promote and deliver high quality clinical care and teaching in the context of academic and clinical multi-disciplinary teams.
I conduct national and international level research that improves the primary care management of acute, largely but not exclusively paediatric, infections. I am currently involved in and wish to collaboratively develop, multi-disciplinary research capacity in three areas: (1) to improve the targeting and effective use of antibiotics and health care resources for patients with infections, (2) to further investigate the relationship between primary care prescribed antibiotics (and vaccines) and antimicrobial resistance and (3) to develop and evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of interventions that support the care of patients with infections at home.
Antimicrobial resistance Antibiotics Infection Primary Care
Respiratory tract infections Urinary tract infections
Christie Cabral, Fran Carroll, Hannah Christensen, Ceire Costelloe, Harriet Downing, Rachel Ginham, Kim Harman, Niamh Redmond
Systematic reviews Randomised controlled trials Prospective cohort and case control studies Qualitative methods
Peter Muir Andrew Lovering Alasdair MacGowan John Leeming Patricia Lucas Peter Blair Jenny Ingram Jeremy Horwood Tim Peters Jonathan Sterne
Alastair leads the organisation and delivery of the Primary Health Care teaching of communication skills to Bristol medical students. On the postgraduate side, he teaches Critical Appraisal skills to Academic F2 and Academic Clinical Fellow Doctors.
Alastair is a GP, currently working at Concord Medical Centre in North Bristol two sessions per week.
I have two broad research interests relating to primary care: 1)The diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of common problems presenting to primary care, for example acute cough and fever in children. 2) The appropriate use of antibiotics in primary care and the relationship between primary care antibiotics and the development of antimicrobial resistance in the community.
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