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Tony Avery

Professor of Primary Health Care, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

Prof. Tony Avery undertook his undergraduate medical degree at the University of Sheffield, qualifying in 1986. He then completed GP training in Nottingham and joined the University of Nottingham as a clinical lecturer in 1992. Also since this time he has been a part-time GP in Chilwell, Nottingham. He was promoted to senior clinical lecturer in 1994 and to a chair in primary health care in 2002. He has led the Division of Primary Care at the University of Nottingham since 1998.

Expertise Summary

Keywords:

Primary care research, investigating the nature and causes of medication errors, randomised trials in primary care, electronic prescribing system

Teaching Summary

Prof. Avery teaches ethics, communication skills and clinical general practice to undergraduate medical students. He supervises PhD students in topics relating to prescribing and patient safety.

Research Summary

Prof. Avery's main research interest is prescribing in primary care. This includes investigation of the prevalence, nature and causes of medication errors and preventable drug-related morbidity in… read more

  • John Fry Silver Medal (2008): awarded by the Royal College of General Practitioners in recognition of research contribution.
  • NIHR School for Primary Care Research- Board Member
  • Strategic Management Group NIHR Primary Care Research Network for the East Midlands and South Yorkshire- Chair
  • Strategic Management Group NIHR Trent Comprehensive Local Research Network- Deputy-Chair

Current Research

Prof. Avery's main research interest is prescribing in primary care. This includes investigation of the prevalence, nature and causes of medication errors and preventable drug-related morbidity in primary care, and investigating the role of pharmacists in promoting effective and safe prescribing in general practice.

His research includes evaluation of:

  • A pharmacist led, IT based, intervention aimed at improving safety of prescribing in general practice (the PINCER trial).
  • Nurse and pharmacist prescribing in primary care.
  • Electronic transfer of prescriptions between general practices and community pharmacies.
  • The reporting of adverse drug reactions by patients to the Yellow Card Reporting System.
  • He also works on identifying ways in which computer systems can be developed and improved to support safe prescribing in primary care.

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Other topics:

  • Identifying patients for research studies using electronic records in primary care.
  • Developing and evaluating a tool for identifying patients with medically unexplained symptoms in general practice.

School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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