Community Acquired Pneumonia is the most common infectious disease needing hospitalisation in western countries.
It’s normally treated with antibiotics, but we don’t have enough evidence to say which antibiotics will do the best job of treating it. Or how long people should take them.
In Edinburgh, a team of researchers are about to start investigating this problem. But first, they want to find two people with lung problems to join the steering committee.
You’d be part of a group of doctors and researchers that meet, either in person by telephone or by skype. They’ll want to:
•hear your perspective on their plans
•make sure they aren’t making assumptions about what people with lung disease think or want, and
•make sure that what they’re asking research participants to do is reasonable
The first meeting is in April next year and the study will run until March 2022.
There’ll probably be one meeting a year, which will last for 2 hours. The committee could ask for an extra meeting, but it’s unlikely.
Meetings will be held in Edinburgh, but you can join in by skype or telephone if you can’t travel. If you do travel to the meeting, they’ll cover your travel costs.
They’re looking for someone who has, or has had, any lung condition. Although it would be helpful if you’ve had pneumonia, it isn’t necessary. So, if you’re interested contact Dr Morag MacLean for more information. Her telephone number is 0131 651 9914 and her email address is PIBCAP@ed.ac.uk.
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