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Our aim is to support clinical research in primary care and to advance the way we answer clinical questions using statistics to improve healthcare worldwide.

Medical statisticians teaching on the Evidence-Based Healthcare course. © John Cairns
Medical statisticians teaching on the Evidence-Based Healthcare course.

We are a team of statisticians, systematic reviewers, methodologists and health economists who are involved in a variety of research programmes using a wide range of expertise to develop innovative methods of analysis and monitoring in primary and secondary research, including diabetes, oral anticoagulation therapy, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease.

Professor Perera, Director of the Medical Statistics Group, has overseen the development of one of the strongest methodological/statistical groups in the UK (across all clinical areas) with a particular emphasis on monitoring, with the group achieving national and international recognition [NIHR Progress Report 2008/09-Delivering Health Research].

The team of also provides support for the design, execution and analysis of studies to all the clinical research groups in the department as well as our own individual research programmes. We are closely involved in:

Clinical trials

We provide support to the Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit with statisticians embedded within the Trials Unit. We specialise in primary care trials and in particular the design and analysis of cluster trials.

Teaching

Our group is heavily involved in teaching of both undergraduate and graduate programmes. In particular, many of our senior members act as supervisors for both the MSc in EBHC and for both of our DPhil programmes. Professor Perera also teaches for Cochrane UK.

Our team

Blog posts

Scientific and lay authors: writing together

Lynne Maddocks, NDPCHS and NIHR CLAHRC PPI Co-ordinator, interviews one of the lead authors and lay co-authors of the recently published scientifc paper. The paper argues for a re-think in how doctors talk to their patients about kidney health, suggesting it should be about ‘kidney age’ not ‘kidney disease.’

Navigating the 'public health epidemic' of loneliness in primary care

Stephanie Tierney is a Researcher in Evidence Synthesis at the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, University of Oxford, and is part of the SPCR Evidence Synthesis Working Group.

Meet a student - Georgia Richards

NIHR CLAHRC Oxford Communications Officer Gavin Hubbard interviews DPhil student Georgia Richards about her recent move from Australia and what prompted a change of heart towards a research career rather than studying medicine.

Latest news:

Substantial variation in uptake of new prescribing guidance by gps

Substantial variation in uptake of new prescribing guidance by GPs

Findings have important implications for patient care and health expenditure, finds research from the EBM Data Lab.