PRISMATIC Patient Information



PRISMATIC is a research study to find out how patient care changes when GPs use a system for predicting people’s risk of having an emergency hospital admission in the coming year.


Our population contains increasing numbers of older people and people who have one or more long term conditions. This places greater demands on health and social care services. It is recognised that patients with long term conditions are not always managed and treated effectively. Too many are admitted to hospital as emergencies. Also, community services are not always available or don’t work well together.


The scoring system, which is called Prism, provides GPs with risk scores for all patients in their practice ranging from 1 to 100 (very low to very high risk). We don’t know how a scoring system which predicts people’s risk of needing emergency treatment will be used in Wales – and if it will help patient care.


Some GPs in Neath, Port Talbot and Swansea are trying out this scoring system. The PRISMATIC study aims to find out whether these GPs and other health professionals use it and how it affects the way people are cared for.


The research is being undertaken by a team from the College of Medicine, Swansea University. It is funded by the Department of Health.

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Why are patients being invited to take part in PRISMATIC?


One of the ways of assessing the scoring system is by asking patients about the health services they have used and any changes in their care experience.


The PRISMATIC study is inviting a random sample of patients in Neath, Port Talbot and Swansea to complete questionnaires.


Why have I been invited to take part in the PRISMATIC trial?


You have been invited because you are registered with a GP practice in the Neath, Port Talbot or Swansea areas. Your name has been selected at random from the Practice list. You have received an information sheet  and questionnaire.


What happens if I decide to take part?


  • It is your choice if you take part and you can withdraw at any time without giving an explanation. Your care will not be affected by your decision to take part, or not take part, in the PRISMATIC trial
  • If you take part, you will receive up to three questionnaires (April-May 2013; November 2013; October-November 2014)
  • Complete and return questionnaires to Sherry Jenkins, College of Medicine ILS2, Swansea University, FREEPOST SWC 4951, SWANSEA SA2 8PP: a FREEPOST envelope is provided
  • All questionnaires are anonymous: you cannot be identified from the information you provide
  • Taking part in this study may help improve the way scoring systems are used in the future to benefit patients