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.

PUBLICATION: recording of drug use and opioid substitute treatment in primary care

Hilary Davies and colleagues have published a paper in PLoS ONE on trends of recording of drug use and opioid substitute treatment in primary care.

Updated 05/05/2015 | Publications

PUBLICATION: monitoring of patients on glucocorticoid therapy

Laurence Fardet and colleagues have published a paper in Medicine on the monitoring provided to patients receiving long-term systemic glucocorticoids.

Updated 21/04/2015 | Publications

SEMINAR: Tuesday 19th May - body mass index and cancer

Our next primary care database usergroup meeting will be held on Tuesday 19th May, 3.30-5pm, where Krishnan Bhaskaran from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine will talk on: 'Body mass index and cancer - the challenges of a large-scale analysis of routinely collected primary care data.'

Updated 09/04/2015 | Seminars

PUBLICATION: lithium prescribing during pregnancy

Rachel McCrea and colleagues have published a paper in PLoS ONE on lithium prescribing during pregnancy. They found that pregnancy was strongly associated with discontinuation of lithium.

Updated 08/04/2015 | Publications

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

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