WAIT - Scotland punches above its Weight

"The WAIT team would like to extend their thanks to their colleagues north of the border for contributing 14 percent of accruals despite forming only 7 percent of recruiting centres, and sporting by far the most adverse weather conditions (Aberdeen didn't start recruiting until Jan 2011 and still made 180 accruals). The study has now closed to recruiting, having reached its target and then some right on schedule." (Dr Chin Nwokoro -WAIT study Coordinator)

The WAIT study is an example of a group of unrelated centres organised into a cohesive and effective national recruiting network. In Aberdeen collaboration with the Scottish Primary Care Research Network (SPCRN) was proven to be a highly effective method of inviting patients to participate with 180 patients recruited in 21 months.

The primary objective of WAIT is to determine whether parent initiated intermittent treatment with montelukast in pre-school children reduces the need for unscheduled medical attention for upper or lower respiratory tract infection or wheeze. Current work efforts focus on collection of specimens for processing and analysis of preliminary data.