Twitter users with anti-vaccine opinions are relatively easy to spot if we can measure their misinformation exposure

So...I have been systematically collecting tweets about human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines since October 2013. We now have over two hundred thousand tweets that included keywords related to HPV vaccines, and the first of two pieces of research we have undertaken using these data has just been published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. It covers 6 … Continue reading Twitter users with anti-vaccine opinions are relatively easy to spot if we can measure their misinformation exposure

Neuropsych trials involving kids are designed differently when funded by the companies that make the drugs

Over the short break that divided 2013 and 2014, we had a new study published looking at the designs of neuropsychiatric clinical trials that involve children. Because we study trial registrations and not publications, many of the trials that are included in the study are yet to be published, and it is likely that quite a … Continue reading Neuropsych trials involving kids are designed differently when funded by the companies that make the drugs

Introducing evidence surveillance as a research stream

I've taken a little while to get this post done because I've been waiting for my recently-published article to go from online-first to being citeable with volume and page numbers. Last year, I was asked to write an editorial on the topic of industry influence on clinical evidence for the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, … Continue reading Introducing evidence surveillance as a research stream

Social network analysis in health services

Along with Prof. Johanna Westbrook, I have recently had one of my side projects published as a short report in Social Science & Medicine, and the manuscript is now available online. We were looking at some of the issues associated with using hierarchy, clustering and centrality (three old-school network metrics) in small networks, and mainly in … Continue reading Social network analysis in health services