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Use and analysis of electronic health records 11 - 15 November 2013

*The short courses will back in November 2014*

The Department of Primary Care and Population Health (PCPH) is delighted to be offering two short courses taking place in November, 2013.

  1. An Introduction to Primary Care Databases
  2. Missing Data and New Methods for Multiple Imputation of Longitudinal Electronic Health Records

The Courses will be held in the Department of Primary Care and Population Health (PCPH), which is situated at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead in North London.

Participants are advised to bring own laptop, if possible with Stata version 12 or 13 installed, in order to take part in the practical sessions. Please confirm at registration that you are able to bring your own laptop. If you don't have Stata installed on your laptop, we can provide you with a free temporary license for the duration of the course, but please indicate the need for such at registration.

Lunch, tea and coffee will be provided.

Course 1: An Introduction to Primary Care Databases

The first course is a  three day course on primary care databases which will take place from the 11th - 13th of November, 2013. This course will provide an introduction to the analyses of data in primary care databases. Course participants will be taken through the different elements required for a successful study including development of code lists, data management and survival analysis. The course material is developed around the analyses of The Health Improvement Network (THIN) database, but participants can easily adapt the analyses and data management tools to other data sources such as the CPRD. It is a practical course with a mixture of short lectures and hands-on computer based practical sessions using Stata.

Tutors & Lecturers: Irene Petersen, Laura Horsfall, Sarah Hardoon, Ruth Blackburn, Shuk-Li Man, Louise Marston and Linda Wijlaars. The course will include a mixture of lectures and practical sessions:


  • Introduction to Electronic Health Records research
  • Finding your way around Primary Care Data
  • Basic Stata programming for large datasets (computer practical)


  • Developing code lists using Stata (computer practical)
  • How to calculate incidence rates (computer practical)
  • Incidence interpretation
  • Epidemiological study designs
  • Linking Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) to Primary Care Databases


  • Recording and using health indicators in THIN
  • Poisson Regression and mixed models
  • Analysis of data files (computer practical)

Cost for Course 1 (3 days): £550.15

Course 2: Missing Data and New Methods for Multiple Imputation of Longitudinal Electronic Health Records. November, 2013.

Our second course is a two day course on missing data which will take place on 14 & 15 November, 2013. This practical course will introduce participants to missing data issues in longitudinal electronic health records such as primary care databases (e.g. THIN and CPRD). The methods used are also applicable to other datasets using longitudinal records. The course will provide an introduction to the statistical theory around missing data followed by hands-on practical sessions using Stata. The course will also give an introduction to the newly developed twofold algorithm to deal with multiple imputation of longitudinal records. Please note that some basic knowledge and practical experience with Stata will be an advantage for this course.

Tutors: James Carpenter, Irene Petersen, Jonathan Bartlett and Cathy Welch.


  • Missing data in electronic health records
  • Missing data mechanisms
  • Introduction to multiple imputation (MI)
  • Multiple imputation of a single variable
  • Full conditional specification (FCS) & Joint modelling


  • Multiple imputation in practice
  • Issues in applying standard MI
  • Two-fold FCS algorithm
  • Multiple imputation of longitudinal data in Stata

Cost for Course 2 (2 days): £350.15

Attendance on both Courses 1 and 2

We are offering a reduction of £100 on the full cost to participants who wish to attend both courses. The total cost for both courses will be £800.15. Additionally, those registering for both courses will be invited (for no additional cost) to the Course Dinner which will take place on Wednesday, 13th November, 2013. There are no other discounts available.

Registration and Payment

  • You can register online via the registration page (see tab at the top of the page). Payments can be made by bank transfer, cheque or invoice. Please indicate your preferred method at registration.
  • Payment by bank transfer or cheque must be made within 3 working days of registration in order to secure the place.
  • Invoices must be paid within 30 days of receipt. Proof that the invoice has been processed (either a purchase order number or remittance advice) must be sent to n.soteriou [at] ucl.ac.uk within 14 days of the invoice being dispatched. Invoices will be mailed out from 3 September.

After registration, you will receive an email confirming your registration on the course(s) and with details about payment. For more information or any queries related to these courses, contact Nadine Soteriou: n.soteriou [at] ucl.ac.uk

Please be aware of the full Terms and Conditions regarding cancellations and refunds.

Nearby hotels

Premier Inn Hampstead (£109 single / double per night)

The Premier Inn is a 5 minute walk from the Royal Free Hospital, and 5 minutes from the nearest tube station (Belsize Park).

Hampstead Guesthouse (£65 small single with shared facilities - £110 double)

This guest house is located a 5-10 minute walk from the Royal Free, and 5 mins walk from Hampstead Heath overground station.

Holiday Inn Swiss Cottage (£94 standard room per night)

The Holiday Inn is situated in front of Swiss Cottage tube station (Jubilee line). From there you can take the Overground train (10 minutes), bus 46, 268 or C11 (15 minutes) or walk (20 minutes) to the Royal Free. 

La Gaffe (£110 standard room per night)

From La Gaffe it is a 5 minute walk to Hampstead station (Northern line), or 20 minutes to the Royal Free. By bus, the 268 or 46, it is only 10 minutes.

Camden Lock Hotel (£67 single / £79 double room per night)

This hotel is right next to Chalk Farm station (Northern Line) and is a 20 minute walk from the Royal Free, or 10 minutes by bus (the 168 or 24) or tube.


The nearest Underground station is Belsize Park, on the Northern Line (Edgware Branch) and situated about 10 minutes walk from the department.

The nearest London Overground train station is Hampstead Heath and situated about 5 minutes walk from the department.

The nearest mainline train stations are King's Cross St Pancras and Euston. From there, take the Northern line (Edgware Branch) up to Belsize Park.

Buses 24, 46, 168, 268 and C11 stop in the vicinity.


There are bike racks available at the main entrance, and A&E entrance to the Royal Free Hospital. There are also bike racks on Hampstead Heath overground station.


Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health
Upper Third Floor
UCL Medical School (Royal Free Campus)
Rowland Hill Street

Reception Telephone: +44 (0)20 7830 2239
Fax: +44 (0)20 7794 1224

Directions to the department

The Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health is based at the Royal Free campus of UCL.

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