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I am Professor of Primary Care Medicine at the University of Dundee Medical School where I carry out applied research to translate basic and clinical research into effective and reliable clinical practice. I am additionally an Honorary Consultant in NHS Fife and a General Practitioner in Cardenden in Fife. I was previously a Medical Research Council Health Services Research Fellow at University of Edinburgh, an National Institute for Health Research post-doctoral research fellow at University of Dundee, and a 2006/7 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy at University of California San Francisco where I was also a Visiting Professor in 2010. I regularly review for various grant-making bodies and journals, contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate medical teaching, and supervise and examine MSc and PhD students in Dundee and other universities. As well as conducting research, I serve or have served on a number of National Health Service advisory bodies, including the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Quality and Outcomes Framework Indicators Advisory Committee (which recommended which quality indicators should be included in the UK primary care pay for performance programme) where I chaired the Thresholds, Review and Retiral Sub-committee, and the Scottish Government Polypharmacy Working Group. I was the chair of the guideline development group of the NICE Multimorbidity Clinical Guideline published in late 2016.
My main research interests are the quality and safety of healthcare, particularly in primary care and currently focused on prescribing quality and safety, multimorbidity the organisation of healthcare. I am a mixed methods researcher and collaborate with researchers from a wide range of disciplines and institutions. The methods I use include quantitative analysis of large, routine datasets; cluster randomised trials with mixed methods parallel process evaluations; and qualitative analysis of interview and observational data. My recent and current work includes development and evaluation of interventions to improve polypharmacy, examination of the implications of competing mortality risk for single disease risk prediction, and examination of the applicability of trial evidence to clinical populations.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
Award Date: 1 Jan 2003
Master of Science, University of Edinburgh
Award Date: 1 Jan 1996
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Cambridge
Award Date: 1 Jan 1988
Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge
Award Date: 1 Jan 1985
- R Medicine (General)
- Primary Care Medicine
- Prescribing Quality and Safety
- Mixed quantitative and qualitative methods
- Community based trials
- Quality of healthcare
- Organisation of healthcare
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Understanding and Improving Antimicrobial Prescribing in Care Homes: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Joint with City University, London, University College London and Queen's University, Belfast) (AMR Large Collaborative Grant)
1/10/17 → 30/06/22
Avoiding Patient Harm Through the Application of Prescribing Safety Indicators in English General Practices (PRoTeCT) (Programme Grant) (Joint with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, University of Nottingham, University of Manchester, University of Edinburgh and NHS Nottingham City CCG)
1/08/17 → 28/02/23
Developing an AKI Consensus Definition for Database Research: Findings From a Scoping Review and Expert Opinion Using a Delphi ProcessGuthrie, G., Guthrie, B., Walker, H., James, M. T., Selby, N. M., Tonelli, M. & Bell, S., 1 Apr 2022, In: American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 79, 4, p. 488-496.e1 9 p.
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Feedback of actionable individual patient prescription data to improve asthma prescribing: pragmatic cluster randomised trial in 233 UK general practicesMacbride-Stewart, S., Marwick, C., Ryan, M. & Guthrie, B., 29 Apr 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: British Journal of General Practice.
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Predictive performance of a competing risk cardiovascular prediction tool CRISK compared to QRISK3 in older people and those with comorbidity: population cohort studyLivingstone, S. J., Guthrie, B., Donnan, P. T., Thompson, A. & Morales, D. R., 4 May 2022, In: BMC Medicine. 20, p. 1-12 12 p., 152.
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Collaborative improvement in Scottish GP clusters after the Quality and Outcomes Framework: a qualitative studyHuang, H., Jefferson, E., Gotink, M., Sinclair, C., Mercer, S. & Guthrie, B., 26 Aug 2021, In: British Journal of General Practice. 71, 710, p. E719-E727 9 p.
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