CPRD works closely with the NHS National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to maximise the benefits of: the NHS, access to patients, the topic specific, primary care and comprehensive research networks (PCRN/CRN) with their many thousands of researchers and sites.
CPRD has feasibility and protocol optimisation tools and is developing electronic Case Report Forms (eCRFs). These together with NIHR put the overall system in essentially a unique place to run trials within the UK alone or as part of a global or pan-European study.
CPRD has software integrated with Primary Care Electronic Health Record (EHR) IT systems that enables randomisation at point of care within a real world setting. The outcomes data are collected within the EHR dataset. Contact the CPRD Knowledge Centre for more information ().
CPRD is developing a Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS) together with an eCRF that integrates with the NHS EHRs and allows data flow between the EHR and the Clinical Trial (CT) dataset. This system will be introduced in phases and initially will be an extension of the existing eCRF system already in use in the NHS. The CPRD, with its broad access to data, new automated processes and thousands of NIHR clinical trial sites, offers trial sponsors very efficient and effective means of access to clinical trial patients via the NIHR networks.