- DPhil student in Primary Care
The majority of my research is around risk prediction, in particular cardiovascular disease risk prediction and blood pressure monitoring. The aim of my DPhil is to investigate whether increased variability in blood pressure increases future risk of cardiovascular disease, over and above what is already well known about average blood pressure level and cardiovascular risk. The overall aim of this work is to develop a new cardiovascular disease risk calculator for use by GPs, which will require multiple measurements of blood pressure to be taken.
I also work part-time as part of the Department's Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) working group. We provide researchers across the University with advice and support regarding use of CPRD GOLD, an electronic health records database from UK general practices. More generally, I provide statistics support to the wider departmental research groups when required. I also teach statistics to pre-clinical medical students and students on selected courses taken as part of the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care.
Home Blood Pressure Monitoring - what is the optimal schedule? A systematic review
Hodgkinson J. et al, (2014), Journal of Human Hypertension, 28, 633 - 634
Placebo use in the UK: a qualitative study exploring GPs' views on placebo effects in clinical practice.
Bishop FL. et al, (2014), Fam Pract, 31, 357 - 363
Pharmacological treatments for smoking cessation.
Cahill K. et al, (2014), Jama, 311, 193 - 194
Pharmacological interventions for smoking cessation: an overview and network meta-analysis.
Cahill K. et al, (2013), Cochrane Database Syst Rev, 5
Placebo use in the United kingdom: results from a national survey of primary care practitioners.
Howick J. et al, (2013), Plos One, 8