Project: TRial to Assess Implementation of New research in a primary care Setting (TRAINS): a pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial of an educational intervention to promote asthma prescription uptake in General Practitioner practices
PhD Title: TRial to Assess Implementation of New research in a primary care Setting (TRAINS): a pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial of an educational intervention to promote asthma prescription uptake in General Practitioner Practices
Funded by: Saudi Arabia and Saudi Cultural Bureau in Britain (SACB) and Jazan University
Supervisors: Professor Steven A. Julious, Dr Rebecca Simpson, and Dr Phillip Oliver
Based at: University of Sheffield
In school-aged children with asthma, there is a marked increase in unscheduled care after the return to school in September. This is associated with children not taking their asthma preventer medication during the school summer holidays.
A cluster randomised controlled trial (PLEASANT; Preventing and Lessening Exacerbations of Asthma in School-age children Associated with a New Term) was undertaken in 141 general practices (71 on intervention, and 70 on the control) in England and Wales. It was found that a simple letter sent from the family doctor during the school holidays to a parent with a child with asthma informing them of the importance of taking asthma medication prior to the start of the school year relatively increased prescriptions by 30% in the month prior to the start of the school year.
The TRAINS (Trial to Assess Implementation of New research in a primary care Setting) trial will assess if informing GP practices of the results of the PLEASANT trial will increase prescription uptake prior to the start of the school year. The investigation will be through a randomisation controlled trial with half the practices getting the intervention and half not. The hope is the intervention will increase implementation of the work of PLEASANT and as a result increase prescription uptake during the summer holiday prior to the start of the school. The assumption would be an increase in prescriptions uptake is associated with GP practices implementing the results of PLEASANT.
I am a Lecturer at Jazan University in The Respiratory Care Department in Saudi Arabia, and I got scholarship to continue my higher education. I am a PhD Candidate at The University of Sheffield in ScHARR Department (Nov 2019 to Oct 2023).
Graduated with M.S in Respiratory Care in 2019 from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX, United States.
My research interests are asthma, children with asthma, and implementation science (how to implement previously published research results about asthma in GPs).
- Oral presentation: “Using Printed Educational Materials to Influence GP-Practices on Prescriptions Patterns; Systematic review”, a seminar meeting with Academic Unit of Primary Care - March 2021
- Poster presentation: “Can Informing General Practitioners About the Results of Previously Published Research Improve Outcomes in School-Age Children with Asthma”, ScHARR PGR Conference– June 2020
- Poster presentations:” An Investigation of an Implementation Intervention in Primary Care Practices to Assist in their Care of School Age Children with Asthma”, AUKCAR ASM – May 2020
- Oral presentation:” An Investigation of Implementation Method in Primary Care Practices for School-Age Children with Asthma”, a seminar meeting Academic Unit of Primary Care – January 2020
This PhD is funded by Saudi Arabia and Saudi Cultural Bureau in Britain (SACB) and Jazan University.