THIN Database Research Team


The Health Improvement Network (THIN) database is a large UK primary care database. The THIN Database Research Team uses this database, containing data collected from over 550 general practitioners spread over the UK, for research into cardiovascular disease, mental health, pharmacoepidemiology and other fields of primary care research (publications). 

Stata programs for outlier identification in THIN running on 'The Beast'

Photo: Stata programs for outlier identification in THIN.

News and Events

PUBLICATION: antibiotic prescribing in pregnancy and cerebral palsy or epilepsy in children

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. This study has received some media coverage and been discussed on the NHS Choices 'Behind The Headlines' site.  

Updated 30/03/2015 | Publications

PUBLICATION: regional differences in the initiation of statin therapy

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. They found that the rate of statin initiation varied between the four countries of the UK, and between the different English regions.

Updated 17/03/2015 | Publications

PUBLICATION: an incentivised scheme to provide annual health checks in primary care for adults with intellectual disability

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. This has received some media coverage.

Updated 05/01/2015 | Publications

PUBLICATION: CVD risk models for people with severe mental illness

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

Updated 24/12/2014 | Publications

PUBLICATION: prescribing of antipsychotics in primary care

Louise Marston and colleagues have published a paper in BMJ Open on the prescribing of antipsychotics in UK primary care. 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

Updated 19/12/2014 | Publications

PUBLICATION: prediagnostic presentation of Parkinson's disease

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.

Updated 27/11/2014 | Publications

BLOG POST: ICPE conference

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).

Updated 24/11/2014

PUBLICATION: incidence of pancreatic and biliary tract cancer

Laura Horsfall and colleagues have published a paper in PLoS ONE on sociodemographic trends in the incidence of pancreatic and biliary tract cancer.

Updated 06/10/2014 | Publications

PUBLICATION: discontinuation of antipsychotics in pregnancy

Irene Petersen and colleagues have published a paper in Schizophrenia Research on the discontinuation of antipsychotic medication in pregnancy.

Updated 09/09/2014 | Publications

NEWS: Ruth Blackburn wins SAPC/NAPCRG travel award

Ruth Blackburn has been awarded the SAPC/NAPCRG travel award for her presentation on statin prescribing for cardiovascular disease prevention in people with severe mental illness at the Society for Academic Primary Care conference in Edinburgh. This will allow her to travel to New York to present at the North American Primary Care Research Group conference in November. Ruth's PhD work forms part of the PRIMROSE project.

Updated 17/07/2014

BLOG POST: missing data in electronic health records

Cathy Welch has written a post for the PCPH blog on handling missing data in longitudinal clinical databases. See also: our missing data in electronic health records page.

Updated 04/07/2014

PUBLICATION: the twofold Stata command for imputing longitudinal clinical data

Cathy Welch and colleagues have published a paper in The Stata Journal describing the twofold Stata command, which uses the two-fold fully conditional specification (FCS) algorithm for imputing missing values in longitudinal databases. See also: our missing data in electronic health records page.

Updated 04/07/2014 | Publications

PUBLICATION: serum uric acid and the risk of respiratory disease

Laura Horsfall and colleagues have published a paper in Thorax on the relationship between serum uric acid and the incidence of respiratory disease.

Updated 09/06/2014 | Publications

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