Professor Chris Salisbury

M.B.,Ch.B.(Bristol), M.Sc.(Lond.), D.R.C.O.G., FRCGP, MD

  • BS8 2PS


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Professor Chris Salisbury is Professor of Primary Health Care and an NIHR Senior Investigator. He has published 5 books and over 230 research papers on the broad topic of how to improve provision of primary care. He has conducted several high-profile evaluations of new models of care, such as changes in out-of-hours arrangements, NHS walk-in centres, GPs with Special Interests, telehealth for chronic disease management, and the potential of new forms of consultation such as e-consultations. In recent years he has focused on how health care should address the challenge of the growing number of people with multimorbidity.

Professor Salisbury was one of the first to recognise the tension between the increasing standardisation of care for individual chronic diseases, while the ageing population means that many people have several conditions at one time (multimorbidity). He conducted the first study of the epidemiology of multimorbidity in the UK, along with systematic reviews on the prevalence, outcomes and measurement of multimorbidity. Professor Salisbury has championed the case for providing more patient-centred care for patients with multimorbidity. He has developed and evaluated interventions to improve chronic disease management, including the largest ever trial of an intervention for patients with multimorbidity – the 3D trial.  The findings from this trial were published in the Lancet in 2018. Professor Salisbury recently co-chaired the MRC call for research on multimorbidity, was a member of the RCGP patient-centred care commission, and is a member of the Taskforce on Multiple Conditions established by the Richmond Group of charities. He is currently involved in a trial of an intervention to improve prescribing for patients with multimorbidity who experience polypharmacy.

Professor Salisbury has been a board member for the NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research programme and the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, chair of the RCGP Scientific Foundation Board and RCGP Research Paper of the Year Panel, and a member of several other national and international boards and advisory bodies. He is currently a member of the NIHR Advanced Fellowships Panel. In December 2018 he gave the prestigious James Mackenzie lecture at the RCGP AGM, entitled ‘Designing health care for the people who need it’ (

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Research Output

Management of multimorbidity using a patient-centred care model: a pragmatic cluster-randomised trial of the 3D approach

Salisbury, C., Man, M-S., Bower, P., Guthrie, B., Chaplin, K., Gaunt, D., Brookes, S., Fitzpatrick, B., Gardner, C., Hollinghurst, S., Lee, V., McLeod, J., Mann, C., Moffat, K. R. & Mercer, S. W., 7 Jul 2018, In : Lancet. 392, 10141, p. 41-50 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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  • 72 Citations (Scopus)
    308 Downloads (Pure)

    Clinical workload in UK primary care: a retrospective analysis of 100 million consultations in England, 2007-14

    Hobbs, F. D. R., Bankhead, C., Mukhtar, T., Stevens, S., Perera-Salazar, R., Holt, T., Salisbury, C. & National Institute for Health Research School for Primary Care Research, 4 Jun 2016, In : Lancet. 387, 10035, p. 2323–2330 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 229 Citations (Scopus)
    323 Downloads (Pure)

    Telephone triage for management of same-day consultation requests in general practice (the ESTEEM trial): a cluster-randomised controlled trial and cost-consequence analysis

    Campbell, J. L., Fletcher, E., Britten, N., Green, C., Holt, T. A., Lattimer, V., Richards, D. A., Richards, S. H., Salisbury, C., Calitri, R., Bowyer, V., Chaplin, K., Kandiyali, R. S., Murdoch, J., Roscoe, J., Varley, A., Warren, F. C. & Taylor, R. S., 22 Nov 2014, In : Lancet. 384, 9957, p. 1859-1868

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 88 Citations (Scopus)


    • 2 Visiting an external academic institution
    • 1 Participation in conference
    • 1 Invited talk
    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

    James Mackenzie Lecture 2018

    Chris J Salisbury (Participant)

    23 Nov 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk


    Singapore Ministry of Health Visiting Expert 2014

    Chris J Salisbury (Advisor)


    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancyVia UoB

    Commission on Patient Centred Care

    Chris J Salisbury (Participant)

    1 Jan 201431 Dec 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Supervised Work

    A process evaluation of a patient-centred intervention in general practice to improve the management of multimorbidity

    Author: Mann, C., 23 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Salisbury, C. (Supervisor), Cramer, H. (Supervisor) & Wye, L. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Improving the uptake of voluntary HIV testing in UK African communities

    Author: Yandell, C., 2006

    Supervisor: Low, N. (Supervisor) & Salisbury, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Patient-doctor longitudinal care, depth of relationship and detection of patient psychological distress by general practitioners

    Author: Ridd, M. J., 2009

    Supervisor: Lewis, G. (Supervisor) & Salisbury, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)