Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine, Director of the Centre of Evidence-Based Medicine
Department of Primary Care Health Sciences
MA DPhil Oxford, BM BCH Oxford, MRCGP
I am Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine, Director of the Centre of Evidence-Based Medicine, and a General Practitioner.
I am currently chair of the guideline for the World Health Organization (WHO) on self-care in NonCommunicable Diseases. I am a co-applicant on the £3.5 million NIHR funded Centre for Monitoring and Diagnosis in Oxford (MADOX). I also work with the Oxford Vascular Study (OXVASC) and the Department of Bioengineering.
My work also involves investigating the evidence base for publication bias and drug and device regulation. I also work on a number of projects with the BMJ related to the regulatory and evidence requirements for devices.
As a clinical epidemiologist I have experience in systematic reviews, observational and quantitative methodologies: I am a Co-Director of the Oxford Diagnostic Horizon Scanning Centre, an effective early warning system that identifies innovations in the field of health technology likely to have a significant impact and is published as a series in the BJGP. I also have an active interest in diagnostic reasoning and its impact on decision making and collaborate on monitoring methods and articles related to teaching of research methods and Evidence-Base Practice.
I am currently a reviewer for the Department of Health, NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme, and a member of the NIHR Pharmaceutical Panel and am the lead for the National School of Primary Care for the Dept of Primary Care Health Sciences.
I have considerable experience in teaching undergraduates, postgraduates and teachers of EBM and am the Director of Programs in Evidence-Based Healthcare in conjunction with the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford. This program currently has 75 Masters Students and 30 DPhil students. The program is designed to be flexible for those with an active interest in evidence and practice.
I also co-ordinate the teaching Evidence-Based Practice week in Oxford, now in its 19th year. The course has trained over a 1000 teachers worldwide.
I have co-authored the EBM toolkit (BMJ-Blackwell’s), the Statistics Toolkit (BMJ-Blackwell’s) and am editor of a series of BMJ-Blackwell’s toolkits. I developed with the BMJ the ‘Doctors Toolbag’ iphone application and the EvidenceLive.