When it comes to research, getting GPs involved works

Recognising primary care doctors as associate investigators may be the key to running a successful trial

The role of aspirin in preventing cardio­vascular events has been back in the news, following publication last year of three large clinical trials on the subject.

GP involved in study

One of them was the ASPREE ­(Aspirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly) study. Its keenly awaited results confirmed the stance of Australian guideline developers that low-dose aspirin for primary prevention in healthy older patients is likely to do more harm than good.

In addition to these findings, the trial also demonstrated the increasing participation