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About the ARRISA-UK Study

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  • The At-Risk Registers Integrated into primary care to Stop Asthma crises in the UK study (ARRISA-UK).
  • The study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research's Health Technology Assessment Programme.
  • It is a randomised cluster controlled trial of a brief training of GP practice staff and of the identification and flagging of records of high risk asthma patients to determine if this it may reduce the occurrence of severe asthma related events. In this study design it is the GP practice that is randomised.
  • There is a target for enrolment of 262 GP practices throughout England Scotland and Wales.
  • The study intervention is to provide online training for GPs, Nurses and reception staff in managing care for those asthma patients identified as being at the highest risk of having a severe event (hospitalisation or death); often this involves prioritising all patient interactions with practice staff to maximise the utility of care opportunities to assess and improve the patient's asthma status.
  • Practices will be assisted for automated identification of asthma patients identified as being at the highest risk of having a severe event using information routinely recorded locally in the GP practice database. This may then be assessed and modified by practice staff to adjust the identification based on their knowledge of their patients.
  • The study runs from December 2014 through November 2018, with practice recruitment from mid 2015 through mid 2016, with 1 year of follow up of the intervention at the practices.
  • In addition to the use of anonymous routine data from the practices, some patients and staff from some of the practices will be invited to participate in interviews and focus groups to discuss the process of using the register and how it may affect asthma care at the surgery. 


Further information

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Please see our: Plain English Summary

            and our Scientific Abstract 

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