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Dr Matthew Ridd

Dr Matthew Ridd

Dr Matthew Ridd
MB,ChB(Birm), DRCOG, MRCGP

Consultant Senior Lecturer in Primary Health Care

Area of research

Continuity of patient care and skin problem commonly diagnosed and managed in primary care

Office 1.06
Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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+44 (0) 117 3314557

Summary

As part of Matthew's PhD, undertook a qualitative synthesis of the literature of longitudinal patient-doctor relationships and went on to develop a novel measure of relational continuity (the Patient-Doctor Depth of Relationship Scale, Ann Fam Med 2011 doi:10.1370/afm.1322). He employed this to examine its effects on GP detection of patient psychological distress (Br J Gen Pract 2012, doi: 10.3399/bjgp12X630052).

Current projects include:

  • CREAM (ChildRen with Eczema, Antibiotic Management) - a three arm RCT assessing the value of topical or oral antibiotics in clinically infected childhood eczema

  • COMET (Choice Of Moisturiser in Eczema Treatment) - a feasibility RCT comparing four emollients in the treatment of childhood eczema

  • BEEP (Barrier Enhancement for Eczema Prevention)

  • BATHE (Bath Additives for the Treatment of Childhood Eczema)

Recent projects include:

  • POPPIE (Predictors of Onset, Persistence and Psychological Impact of childhood Eczema) - using the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children birth cohort)
  • Continuity and Detection of cancer in Primary Care (CaDoc-PC), which is a retrospective cohort study (using the General Practice Research Database) investigating whether seeing the same general practitioner promotes the earlier diagnosis of breast, lung and/or colorectal cancer in adults. It is a collaboration between the Universities of Bristol and Exeter, funded by Cancer Research UK. The research team comprises includes Professor Willie Hamilton, Professor Chris Salisbury and Dr Alan Montgomery.
  • Complex Consultations - a study using video-recorded consultations to examine the impact of multimorbidity on primary care consultations:)
  • Shared Decision Making in the Antenatal Clinic - quantifying the range of decisions and the degree of shared decision making that takes place in obstetric clinics)
  • Eczema treatment research prioritisation exercise - an exercise jointly undertaken be the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology (CEBD) and the James Lind Alliance (JLA), identifying and prioritising uncertainties research priorities for the treatment of eczema

Biography

Matthew has worked at the University of Bristol (UK) since 2002. During his time at the Centre of Academic Primary Care, he has successively won an MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship (2004-2009), an NIHR Clinical Lectureship (2009-2013), an NIHR Clinical Trials Fellowship (2013-2014) and an NIHR Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2015-2020).

He continues to work one day a week as a GP in Portishead, North Somerset.

Activities / Findings

Matthew has worked at the University of Bristol (UK) since 2002. During his time at the Centre of Academic Primary Care, he has successively won an MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship (2004-2009), an NIHR Clinical Lectureship (2009-2013), an NIHR Clinical Trials Fellowship (2013-2014) and an NIHR Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2015-2020).

He has two main research interests: continuity of patient care and patient-clinician relationships; and the diagnosis and treatment of skin problems commonly seen in primary care, in particular childhood eczema. Current projects include:

  • APACHE (Action Plans for Children with Eczema, comprising quantitative and qualitative systematic review of written actions plans (WAPs) for people with eczema/children with long term conditions; in-depth interviews and focus groups with stakeholders to determine the content, format and acceptability of WAPs for children; and a feasibility study of a cluster RCT of WAPs)
  • COMET (Choice Of Moisturiser in Eczema Treatment, a feasibility study of a RCT comparing four different types of emollient)
  • BATHE (Bath Additives for the Treatment of cHildhood Eczema, a 2 arm multi-centre RCT comparing bath additives with usual care for children with eczema)
  • Barrier Enhancement for Eczema Prevention (a 2 arm, multi-centre RCT to determine whether skin barrier enhancement with emollients can prevent eczema in high risk children)
  • “One in a million” (a video consultation archive of primary care consultations)

Recent projects include:

  • CREAM (ChildRen with Eczema, Antibiotic Management, a 3 arm multi-centre RCT assessing the value of topical or oral antibiotics in clinically infected eczema)

  • POPPIE (Predictors of Onset, Persistence and Psychological Impact of childhood Eczema) - using the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children birth cohort)

  • Continuity and Detection of cancer in Primary Care (CaDoc-PC), which is a retrospective cohort study (using the General Practice Research Database) investigating whether seeing the same general practitioner promotes the earlier diagnosis of breast, lung and/or colorectal cancer in adults.

  • Complex Consultations - a study using video-recorded consultations to examine the impact of multimorbidity on primary care consultations:)

  • Shared Decision Making in the Antenatal Clinic - quantifying the range of decisions and the degree of shared decision making that takes place in obstetric clinics)

  • Treatment research prioritisation exercises - jointly undertaken with the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology (CEBD) and the James Lind Alliance (JLA), identifying and prioritising research priorities for the treatment of eczema and acne

Teaching

Matthew is overall lead for consultation skills teaching at Bristol Medical School and leads the delivery of communication skills teaching in the final year.

Keywords

  • continuity of care
  • patient-clinician relationship
  • dermatology
  • management of disease
  • Infections
  • depression and anxiety
  • Generalism
  • doctor-patient relationship
  • co-ordination of care
  • Access to health care
  • health care evaluation
  • long term conditions
  • multimorbidity
  • complementary and alternative medicines
  • organisation and delivery of care

Skills

  • Atopic eczema

Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

Networks & contacts

  • Chris Salisbury
  • Sarah Purdy
  • Willie Hamilton

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