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- Hypertension Research Group
Ph.D. BSc(Hons), PGCert
Senior Research Fellow
I am a Population Health Scientist with interests in blood pressure management and cardiovascular disease prevention in Primary Care. In particular, I am interested in how we can improve the targeting of anti-hypertensive treatments at patients with the most to gain, using risk prediction models which utilise clinical data collected routinely in Primary Care.
I lead the PRedicting Out-of-OFfice Blood Pressure in the clinic (PROOF-BP) study which looks to improve the targeting of 24hr ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in patients with suspected hypertension. I am also Co-chief Investigator on the OPTiMISE trial which aims to examine whether antihypertensive medication can be safely reduced in multi-morbid frail elderly patients with well controlled blood pressure.
My research is mainly quantitative, and includes risk prediction modelling, epidemiology, clinical trials, systematic reviews and health economics. I come from a basic science background and completed a PhD in Cardiorespiratory Physiology in 2010, but have since worked in academic Primary Care, previously at the University of Birmingham. I teach on the Evidence Based Medicine MSc degree programme and am part of the organising committee for the British and Irish Hypertension Society Young Investigator Network.
Tucker KL. et al, (2017), PLoS Med, 14
A comparison of blood pressure in community pharmacies with ambulatory, home and general practitioner office readings: systematic review and meta-analysis
Albasri A. et al, (2017), Journal of Hypertension
Sheppard JP. et al, (2016), BMJ Open
Self-monitoring of blood pressure in patients with multi-morbidity (BP-SMART-MM- Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring individual patient meta-Analysis of pRevious Trials: sub-group analyses in a Multi-Morbid population): an individual patient data meta-analysis
Sheppard JP. et al, (2016), JOURNAL OF HUMAN HYPERTENSION, 30, 638 - 638
An economic evaluation of using a clinical decision rule (PROOF-BP algorithm) in the diagnosis of hypertension in primary care
Sheppard JP. et al, (2016), EUROPEAN HEART JOURNAL, 37, 438 - 439