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Prescribing patterns in dependence forming medicines - analysis using the Clinical Practice Research Database 2017

The chief aim of this project, led by Sally McManus from the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen Social Research), was to explore patterns of prescribing of specific DFM in more depth than was previously done.

The report was written by Dr Javiera Cartagena Farias (NatCen Social Research), Lauren Porter (NatCen Social Research), Sally McManus (NatCen Social Research), Professor Sir John Strang, Professor Mathew Hickman (University of Bristol), Dr Kylie Reed and Dr Neil Smith (NatCen Social Research).


Press Release: Addictions, Dependence and Substance Abuse featured in the Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report on the State of the Public’s Health 2014

Chapter 16 of the Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report on the State of the Public’s Health 2014 is on the subject of Addictions, Dependence and Substance Abuse and was written by Professors John Strang, Colin Drummond, Ann McNeill, Malcolm Lader and John Marsden from the National Addiction Centre.

A PDF copy of this chapter is available here.

Highly Influential Report by RAND Europe rates Substance Abuse Research at the National Addiction Centre as Leading the Field in UK Universities

In April 2013, the Department of Health commissioned RAND Europe to compile and analyse various types of publicly available data and quality assessments in the domains of medical research and health education in order to form a basis for the designation of Academic Health Science Centres in England.

The report indicates that the National Addiction Centre is leading the way in Substance Abuse research in the UK. Through its analyses the share of Highly Cited Publications over a 10 year period (2002-2011) by subject and university, RAND Europe scores our Addictions (Substance Abuse) publications as leading the field at 13%, with all other contributors except two scoring under 5%. Full results of this analysis are shown in Table 3.4 on page 22 of the report.

This RAND report is highly influential as the results have a direct bearing on the allocation of Academic Health Science Centres in the future. King’s Health Partners is one of only five AHSCs currently in the UK which brings together King’s College London with three successful NHS Foundation Trusts: Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley.




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