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UCL pharmaco-epi data collaborative

The UCL network for researchers who use pharmaco-epidemiology (pharmaco-epi) methods with datasets - join our termly events with expert speakers, competitions & problem-solving workshops. 

What is Pharmaco-epi?

The use of big data sets, such as large UK primary care databases like Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) and  The Health Improvement Network (THIN), is increasing among health researchers, as they provide a unique opportunity to work with large sample sizes (CPRD has over 50 million patients). Prescriptions are often one of the best coded areas in electronic health care records, and therefore they are growing in use amongst researchers, to answer key health research questions. Pharmaco-epi analysis in big datasets is often complex, with challenges unique to this area of data analysis, this includes: challenges with analysing dosing and duration, different preparations of medicines, understanding prescription use and compliance, establishing definitions for “long term” use of prescriptions. There is not a standard approach for preparing prescription data from electronic health records – this alone can often take months of trial and error. 

Pharmacoepidemiology Collaborative Cluster Analysis Introductory Workshop

Wednesday 1 December 2021

11:00 – 11:05 Introduction – Update on Pharmaco-Epi Data Collaborative: Cini Bhanu, Annie Jeffery, Sophie Eastwood

10:05 – 11:35 Keynote speaker – Dr Ben Goldacre ( Director, The DataLab, Nuffield Dept of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford): "OpenSAFELY - a highly secure, transparent, open-source software platform for analysis of electronic health records data".

11:35 – 12:05 “5 Minute Methods” COMPETITION - £50 prize to be won!  We would like to invite you again to participate in our competition by giving a 5 minute presentation on your research. The presentations will be judged by our keynote speaker, based on their contribution to pharmaco-epi research AND their ability to share methodology. The winner will receive a £50 gift voucher and be featured on our website. Please add a competition ticket entry to your registration or email: annie.jeffery.09@ucl.ac.uk to enter.

12:05 – 12:55 Workshop: "Pharmaco-Epi Knowledge Hub – Rapid requirements gathering and live wireframe coproduction " We are going to build a brilliant pharmaco-epidemiology resource, with codelists, statistical guides, signposting to data and other resources, problem sharing forums , conferences, funding sources and much more…. Help us create it! What would you really like to see on our knowledge hub? In this rapid requirements gathering workshop, we’ll first split into breakout rooms for sharing ideas in small groups, then return to the main room for the exciting part. We are going to share our screens and incorporate everyone’s ideas to co-produce a wireframe (i.e. image of the website framework) for the knowledge hub.

 12:05 – 12:55 Announcement of competition winner and close

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The network is led by Dr Cini Bhanu (Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care); Annie Jeffery (Division of Psychiatry) and it is supported by the eResearch Domain Commuinty-Based Initiative scheme.