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Kingfisher practice has a long history of NHS research dating back to the 1980s. From 1997 to 2005 the practice has received funding from the Department of Health to support its research infrastructure. Doctors from this practice have designed and managed several important research studies, and in 2003 we were awarded “Investigator-led Research Practice” status by the Royal College of General Practitioners, one of only 17 such practices in the UK. In 2005 the NHS research funding system was changed and channelled through the local research networks, and since then Dr Gina Johnson has been working closely with the Bedfordshire Primary Care Research Network (

The practice is currently involved with the following studies from the NHS Portfolio:

ASCEND: people with diabetes take either aspirin or an omega 3 supplement, and are monitored long-term to see if this reduces the risk of heart attack or stroke.

ARRIVE: examining whether taking aspirin protects against heart attack or stroke in people who are at high risk.

EVIDEM ED: Professor Steve Iliffe and his team have visited the practice to help us with the identification and treatment of people with dementia.

TASMIN-SR: a University of Birmingham study on whether home monitoring of blood pressure is more effective than clinic visits

3C - Cough Complications Cohort study with the University of Oxford. This examines what features of acute coughs will predict whether the patient subsequently develops pneumonia.

If you would like more information about how you can get involved in research, please see the Involve website (

pdfView a list of Publications by our Doctors and Nurses

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