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Applications are invited for this national PhD studentship competition for three year awards from individuals with a strong academic record who wish to develop a career in primary care research. Awards will normally be taken up in October 2017.

Electronic Health Records Research: areas of interest include epidemiological and methodological research on drug safety and risk communication – for example on medicines prescribed in pregnancy, diabetes and mental health.


Data recovery quote Projects with this group would suit applicants with epidemiological/statistical background and some experience in handling large datasets. Contact Irene Petersen: i.petersen@ucl.ac.uk.

PUBLICATION: Time trends in the prescription of statins for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in the United Kingdom: a cohort study using The Health Improvement Network primary care data

Aidan G O’Keeffe and colleagues have published a paper in Clinical Epidemiology on the time trends in the prescription of statins for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in the UK.

Claudia Cooper and colleagues have published a paper in Age & Ageing on the inequalities in receipt of mental and physical healthcare in people with dementia in the UK.

David Osborn and colleagues have published a paper in Schizophrenia Research on the relative risks of cardiovascular disease in people prescribed olanzapine, risperidone and quetiapine.

PUBLICATION: impact of financial incentives on alcohol consumption recording in primary health care among adults with schizophrenia and other psychoses

Zarnie Khadjesari and colleagues have published a paper in Alcohol and Alcoholism on the impact of financial incentives on alcohol consumption recording in primary health care among adults with schizophrenia and other psychoses.

PUBLICATION: an algorithm for identification and classification of individuals with type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus in a large primary care database

Manuj Sharma and colleagues have published a paper in Clinical Epidemiology, which features a new algorithm for identification and classification of individuals with type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus in a large primary care database.

Rachel McCrea and colleagues have published a paper in The British Journal of Psychiatry on initiation and duration of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor prescribing over time.

Irene Petersen and colleagues have published a paper in Schizophrenia Research on risks associated with antipsychotic treatment in pregnancy using electronic health records.

Laurence Fardet and colleagues have published a paper in Plos Medicine on common infections in patients prescribed glucocorticoids in primary care.

Cormac Sammon and colleagues have published a paper in BMJ Open on the recording and treatment of premenstrual syndrome in UK general practice.

Sarah Hardoon and colleagues have published a paper in the Journal of Affective Disorders on the monitoring of alcohol consumption in primary care among adults with bipolar disorder.

A paper has been published in European Neuropsychopharmacology on trends in antidepressant use in children and adolescents in the UK, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States. Database key types This study has been featured on the UCL website, and has also received extensive press coverage, including BBC News and The Independent.

A paper on health outcomes in cohabitees of people dying with cancer, COPD, or dementia has been published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Database instance This research has received some press coverage.

Cormac Sammon and Irene Petersen have published a paper in Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety exploring the effect of censoring at the date of last data collection in primary care database studies. Data recovery raid 0 They suggest that data should be censored prior to the last data collection date in order to avoid underestimation of event rates.

Irene Petersen and colleagues have published a paper in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry on SSRIs and congenital heart anomalies. Data recovery tools Using THIN data, they performed a study of the risk of congenital heart abnormalities in four cohorts of children of women who had differing exposures to antidepressants before and during pregnancy. Database programming languages They found no increased risk of heart anomalies in children born to women on antidepressants. Super 8 database An article on this study can be found on the UCL News website.

PhD student Sonia Coton has published a paper on trends in the prevalence of pregestational diabetes in pregnancy recorded in UK general practice during 1995-2012.

PhD student Manuj Sharma has published a paper on trends in incidence, prevalence and prescribing in type 2 diabetes. This study highlights the significant increase in type 2 diabetes prevalence and incidence observed in the UK over the past decade mapping how it has becomes such a significant public health burden. 5 databases It also describes how medical management of the disease has evolved: demonstrating how metformin has become the most commonly prescribed first-line and second line add-on treatment option but also how more novel treatments have been prescribed in primary care.

A paper has been published in Age and Ageing on deprivation and the prescribing of anti-dementia drugs. H data recovery registration code This study has received some press coverage in The Daily Mail and The Mirror. Database link A blog post on the study has been published. Database google The study has also been highlighted by UCL News.

Laura Shallcross and colleagues have published a paper in the British Journal of General Practice on recurrent infection in those consulting a GP for a boil or abscess.

A paper has been published in PLoS Medicine on The REporting of studies Conducted using Observational Routinely collected health Data (RECORD) statement, which was created as an extension to the STROBE statement to address reporting items specific to observational studies using routinely collected health data. Database update Further information can be found on the RECORD statement website. Data recovery news Irene Petersen is a member of the RECORD Group steering committee.

Pia Hardelid and colleagues have recently published two studies on influenza using THIN data. Data recovery austin Their paper in PLoS ONE is on the recording of influenza-like illness in primary care, and their paper in Epidemiology & Infection is on the prescribing of neuraminidase inhibitors for influenza in primary care.

Laurence Fardet and colleagues have published a paper in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism on longitudinal variations in blood pressure before and after initiation of synthetic glucocorticoid therapy.

Hilary Davies and colleagues have published a paper in PLoS ONE on trends of recording of drug use and opioid substitute treatment in primary care.

Laurence Fardet and colleagues have published a paper in Medicine on the monitoring provided to patients receiving long-term systemic glucocorticoids.

Rachel McCrea and colleagues have published a paper in PLoS ONE on lithium prescribing during pregnancy. Data recovery micro sd card They found that pregnancy was strongly associated with discontinuation of lithium.

Wilhelmine Meeraus and colleagues have published a paper in PLoS ONE on the association between antibiotic prescribing in pregnancy and cerebral palsy or epilepsy in children. Database relationship diagram This study has received some media coverage and been discussed on the NHS Choices ‘Behind The Headlines’ site.

Aidan O’Keeffe and colleagues have published a paper in BMJ Open on regional differences in the initiation of statin therapy for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Data recovery services near me They found that the rate of statin initiation varied between the four countries of the UK, and between the different English regions.

A paper assessing the first three years of an incentivised scheme to provide annual health checks in primary care for adults with intellectual disability has been published in The Lancet Psychiatry. Database worksheet This has received some media coverage.

A paper on risk models for predicting cardiovascular events in people with severe mental illness has been published in JAMA Psychiatry. Database constraints This work forms part of the PRIMROSE project.

Louise Marston and colleagues have published a paper in BMJ Open on the prescribing of antipsychotics in UK primary care. Database vault The study, which found that a large proportion of antipsychotic prescriptions were for people with no record of a psychotic or bipolar diagnosis, has also received some media coverage.

A paper on presentation of prediagnostic features in primary care prior to diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease has been published in The Lancet Neurology, with an accompanying commentary.

Hilary Davies has written a post for the NIHR School for Primary Care Research blog on her recent visit to Taipei for The International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology and Therapeutic Risk Management (ICPE).

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