What does the trial involve?
You will be asked to provide a nose and throat swab. You will then be allocated to either having the swab tested that day at your GP practice using the POCTRM and receiving the results (your swab will also be tested at a later date by a central laboratory), or for the swab to be tested at a later date by a central laboratory using the POCTRM and you will not receive any results. If you are allocated to have your swab tested that day at the GP, the results from the POCTRM may be used to help decide your treatment.
You will be asked to complete a Trial Diary about your symptoms, any antibiotic or antiviral medicines that you take and information about your health. The Trial Diary will need to be completed every day from when you present to your GP (Day 1) until your symptoms resolve or up to Day 28 (whichever is sooner). The trial research team will contact you regularly to support completion of the Trial Diary.
Two months after you present to your GP for this illness you will be asked to complete a short questionnaire and you will be offered a £20 voucher on completion of the questionnaire to thank you for your time. Some participants may also be asked if they would like to take part in an interview to talk about their experience of taking part in the trial.
Further information about taking part in the RAPID-TEST trial can be found on the pages below. Click on the relevant header below (or link in the ‘Navigation Menu’) to find out more: