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Dr Matthew Ridd

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

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).  In recognition of his contribution to the discipline of general practice through research and publishing, he was awarded the RCGP John Fry award in 2016.

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: Actions Plans for CHildren with Eczema
  • BEEP: Barrier Enhancement for Eczema Prevention
  • BATHE: Bath Additives for the Treatment of Childhood Eczema
  • “One in a Million”: electronic archive of routine patient consultations with GPs and linked data

Previous projects include:

  • COMET (Choice Of Moisturiser in Eczema Treatment) - a feasibility RCT comparing four emollients in the treatment of childhood eczema
  • CREAM (ChildRen with Eczema, Antibiotic Management) - a three arm RCT assessing the value of topical or oral antibiotics in clinically infected childhood 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), a retrospective cohort study investigating whether seeing the same general practitioner promotes the earlier diagnosis of breast, lung and/or colorectal cancer in adults.
  • DeafHealth: A UK Collaborative Study into the Health of Deaf People
  • 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 and acne treatment research prioritisation exercise - identifying uncertainties and setting research priorities for treatments of eczema and acne.

Research keywords

  • allergy
  • continuity of care
  • patient-clinician relationship
  • eczema
  • dermatology
  • management of disease
  • Generalism
  • doctor-patient relationship
  • co-ordination of care
  • Access to health care
  • health care evaluation
  • long term conditions
  • multimorbidity
  • organisation and delivery of care

Diseases related to this field of research

  • Atopic eczema