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 of primary care