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Dr Kyla Thomas

Prescription opioid dependence, Pharmacoepidemiology, Safety of smoking cessation medicines, Mental Health

I am a Consultant Senior Lecturer in Public Health with interests in:

- pharmacoepidemiology, in particular psychiatric adverse drug reactions (depression, non-fatal self-harm and suicide) associated with varenicline, a smoking cessation medicine and antidepressants

- use of large primary care databases such as the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) for observational research including novel study designs for dealing with confounding by indication such as instrumental variables and case only designs

- substance dependence and addiction (prescription opioid dependence)

- mental health research (suicide and self-harm) and suicide prevention

- trends in suicide in the UK and internationally

Research keywords

  • addiction
  • drug safety
  • suicide
  • self-harm

Diseases related to this field of research

  • prescription opioid dependence
  • adverse drug reactions
  • mental health