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: 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.

Published 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).

Published 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.

Published 06/10/2014 | Publications

SEMINAR: 3.30-5pm on Thursday 16th October

At the next Primary Care Database User Group seminar on 16th October, Ruth Blackburn (UCL) will talk about statin prescribing for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in people with severe mental illness. 

Published 01/10/2014 | Seminars

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.

Published 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.

Published 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.

Published 04/07/2014

SHORT COURSES: short courses on primary care databases and missing data will run in November 

We are running two short courses in November: one on primary care databases and one on missing data. For more information, and to request notification by email when registration opens, see our short courses page.

Published 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.

Published 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.

Published 09/06/2014 | Publications

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