Quality research is one of the fundamental ways we can continuously work to improve healthcare across primary, acute and community settings.
Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD)
We’ve been working with CPRD for 5 years on the development of the recently launched CPRD Aurum database and on the technology to support clinician and patient engagement with real world studies.
CPRD is a government organisation that has been providing anonymised primary care records for public health research for over 30 years. Research using CPRD data has resulted in over 2,000 publications which have led to improvements in drug safety, best practice and clinical guidelines. Some examples of developments using CPRD data include:
- confirming the safety of the MMR vaccine
- informing NICE cancer guidance
- safeguarding use of pertussis vaccine in pregnancy
- influencing the management of hypertension in diabetics.
CPRD primary care data is also being used in clinical trials such as a real world study comparing a new diabetes therapy with a standard of care.