supervision AND TEACHING
I am actively engaged in supervision at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
I am currently supervising Tonny Muthee who is looking to improve the uptake and use of cardiovascular risk assessments in Kenyan primary care settings.
I am a supervisor on the MSc in Evidence-Based Healthcare programme. I have overseen a number of students to completion of their MSc thesis and assisted in subsequent peer-review publication.
My interests are in developing and testing lifestyle interventions for prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related disease such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension. Presently I have available projects in relation to physical activity in primary care - details of which are available here.
I take a prominent role in supporting undergraduate medical students within the Department, acting as co-ordinator for Final Honour School projects and placement supervisor for students doing EBM special study modules in the Department.
BSc MSc PhD
Departmental Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow
- Senior Research Fellow
- Lead, Teaching Evidence-Based Medicine
- Lead, Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care
- Fellow of Kellogg College
My career in academic research started over 15 years, with a focus on clinical care and evidence-based medicine over the past 8 years. Upon completion of my PhD, I joined the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine and my role is now divided between research, teaching and outreach activities.
I am a principal investigator with interests that focus broadly on:
- Prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related conditions, particularly the role of physical activity and exercise. I am currently leading a programme of work assessing the evidence-base and role of physical activity and exercise in primary care as well as methods to improve its uptake and use for patient care.
- Improving the understanding and use of research evidence by health professionals, patients and members of the public. Work in this area includes the development of a one-page evidence summary tool to support better-informed treatment decisions funded by the School or Primary Care Research.
- Meta-epidemiology (research on research)
I utilise and have experience in a breadth of methodologies to support my research outputs including diagnostic studies, statistical analysis, qualitative research and clinical trials. I am the lead and principal investigator on a number of Cochrane and non-Cochrane systematic reviews and newer evidence synthesis methods including overviews of reviews.
I work collaboratively with other researchers at a local, national and international level.
I am co-lead of the Catalogue of Bias team.
A list of my publications can be found here.
Teaching and training
I am the lead tutor for the internationally renowned Teaching Evidence-Based Medicine course.
I am also a tutor for EBM teaching in the Graduate Entry Medical School.
- Lead (Oxford) for the RCGP Clinical Priority in Physical Activity and Lifestyle.
- Expert commentator for Science Media Centre, London
- Editor BMJ Evidence Based Medicine
- Fellow of Kellogg College
Outreach work includes supporting GCSE and A-level teachers introduce the topic of evidence-based medicine into their lessons as part of the EinSTein project. In 2015 I was runner-up of I’m a Scientist Get me out of here, a free online event where school students meet and interact with scientists.
I have received funding to conduct research from the NHS National Institute for Health Research. I have also had funding from the RCGP to conduct independent research. I am also a voluntary (unpaid) member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Physical Activity and Lifestyle clinical priority steering committee. I have no other COI to declare.
Prospective external validation of the Predicting Out-of-OFfice Blood Pressure (PROOF-BP) strategy for triaging ambulatory monitoring in the diagnosis and management of hypertension: observational cohort study.
Sheppard JP. et al, (2018), BMJ, 361
Mahtani KR. et al, (2018), Evidence-Based Medicine
Mahtani KR. et al, (2018), Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2018
Nunan D. et al, (2018), BMJ Evid Based Med, 23, 21 - 22
Chalmers I. et al, (2018), BMJ Evid Based Med, 23, 29 - 33