CHSS Fellowship Award 2013: Can bacterial load define chest infections in bronchiectasis?
Grant holder: Dr Manjit Sidhu (Supervisor: Dr Adam Hill); Department of Respiratory Medicine, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh
Amount Awarded: £119,085 over two years
Year: 2013 - Finished
An obstructive lung disease, bronchiectasis is a common long-term condition caused by permanent damage to the airways. Patients suffer with recurrent cough, sputum production and frequent infections. Antibiotics can help but it is difficult for doctors to be sure when is the right time to prescribe. This fellowship will explore whether monitoring the amount of bacteria in the sputum can help doctors and nurses decide when an antibiotic is needed, as in dealing with urine infections. Overall, it will help design future treatment studies for patients and help address current concerns over antibiotic prescribing.