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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

High-dose opioids – five factors that increase the risk of harm

DPhil student Georgia Richards argues why its time for doctors to rethink the prescribing of high-dose opioids for people with chronic pain.

The DataLab - What we did last year!

Most people share their end of year roundup during late December when everyone is too full of cake to read. Now you’re back in the saddle, Brian McKenna, Honorary Research Fellow, presents the DataLab's roundup of everything they threw out into the world over the previous 12 months!

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.’

Latest news:

GP practices urged to join COVID-19 research

The Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) have joined forces with clinical system supplier EMIS Health to urgently recruit as many GP practices as possible for COVID-19 research.

QResearch joins Oxford-led consortium for liver cancer early detection

Professor Julia Hippisley-Cox and the QResearch electronic health records database are to contribute to a prestigious Cancer Research UK-funded programme to research the earlier detection of hepatocellular carcinoma.