Research is essential to find out which treatments work better for patients. It plays an important role in discovering new treatments and making sure that we use existing treatments in the best possible ways. Research can find answers to things that are unknown, filling gaps in knowledge and changing the way that healthcare professionals work.

As a result, Blackthorn Health Centre takes part in Research projects which we feel will be a benefit to our patients.

Please ask your clinician if you are interested in taking part if any of the important research studies below.


The practice is currently involved in the following studies:

Research Name Research Description
ATHENA Shingles study Use of Amitriptyline medication to prevent nerve pain following a Shingles rash
ATTACK study Taking daily low-dose aspirin to reduce the risk of a first heart attack or stroke for those patients with CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease)
DEFINE study To find out whether care can be improved for people with asthma using a breath test called FeNO
ELSA study To screen children aged 3-13 years old for Type 1 Diabetes
HARMONIE trial Looking at how strongly babies can be protected from serious illness due to RSV infection (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) by giving them a single antibody dose
Immune Defence Study (IDS) To see if nasal sprays, getting active and reducing stress help people get fewer and less severe infections such as flu, colds and similar respiratory infections


As Blackthorn Health Centre is a research practice, you may be invited to any eligible research project. Please note, all research projects are appropriately reviewed by our clinical team before any decision is made to take part in them. However, if you wish to opt-out of any of these projects, please inform us via the Contact Us form.


This page was last updated: July 2023