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Research interests

I am a GP and NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow with an interest in how GPs use tests in primary care. My PhD is looking at specific blood tests called 'inflammatory markers'. These detect inflammation in the blood but don't tell us what is causing it: it may be as simple as a viral infection or as serious as cancer. GPs do millions of inflammatory marker blood tests each year and rates of testing are rising. I have done qualitative interviews with GPs who have told me they are not always sure when to test or how to interpret results. These uncertainties stem from that fact that almost all previous studies, which I have reviewed in the BMJ, describe laboratory findings for a given disease, and most are based in secondary care. My research sets out to describe the probability of various diseases given the test results in primary care.

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  • CAPC
  • Diagnosis
  • Blood tests

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Research Output

Practice pointer: Interpreting a covid-19 test result

Watson, J., Whiting, P. F. & Brush, J. E., 12 May 2020, In : BMJ. 2020, 7 p., 369.

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Added value and cascade effects of inflammatory marker tests in UK primary care: a cohort study from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink

Watson, J., Salisbury, C., Whiting, P., Banks, J., Pyne, Y. & Hamilton, W., 1 Jul 2019, In : British Journal of General Practice. 69, 684, p. e470-e478 9 p.

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    Use of multiple inflammatory marker tests in primary care: using Clinical Practice Research Datalink to evaluate accuracy

    Watson, J., Jones, H., Banks, J., Whiting, P., Salisbury, C. & Hamilton, W., 1 Jul 2019, In : British Journal of General Practice. 69, 684, p. e462-e469 8 p.

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    Datasets

    CPRD codes: infections and autoimmune diseases

    Watson, J. C. (Creator), Hamilton, W. (Contributor), Salisbury, C. (Contributor), Whiting, P. F. (Contributor) & Payne, R. A. (Data Manager), University of Bristol, 19 Nov 2018

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    Prizes

    South West Society for Academic Primary Care Poster Prize

    Jessica Martin (Recipient) & Watson, Jessica C (Recipient), 14 Mar 2019

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