We have a number of completed and active research projects summarised below.
Published studies and reports
An article published in Nature on our web scraping methods used for collecting PFD reports
A report led by Joshua Loo on preventable deaths in Oxford
A report led by Jessica De La Haye on preventable deaths in Cambridge
A follow-up study by Prof Robin Ferner and colleagues on the responses to PFDs involving medicines, published in Drug Safety
Coroners’ Concerns to Prevent Harms journal series
We have published a series of case reports with pertinent lessons for the public, healthcare professionals, and policymakers.
An editorial published in BMJ Evidence Based Medicine summarising the importance of PFDs and the Coroners’ Concerns to Prevent Harms series.
An analysis of UK poisonings led by Dr Georgia Richards involving alcohol-based hand sanitisers in 2019 compared to 2020, following the identification of two deaths in PFDs from alcohol-based hand sanitiser, published in BMJ Evidence Based Medicine. This article was press released and picked up by 14 news outlets, including the Daily Mail, The Telegraph, BBC Radio Oxford, and BBC Radio 5 Live Saturday Breakfast.
A case series led by Dr Jeffrey Aronson on PFDs involving medicines purchased online, published in BMJ Evidence Based Medicine.
An analysis of deaths from fires or burns relating to emollients in the UK led by Dr Maja Bilip, following the identification of an accidental death from emollients in a PFD, published in BMJ Evidence Based Medicine.
A case report led by Dr Anthony Cox on two deaths from tramadol prescriptions, published in BMJ Evidence Based Medicine
An analysis of suspected adverse drug reactions from diclofenac in adolescents led by Dr Elizabeth Thomas, following the identification of a preventable death attributed to diclofenac in a 16-year-old girl, published in BMJ Evidence Based Medicine
We have a number of ongoing studies, including:
- A case series of preventable suicides
- A case series of preventable deaths involving opioids
- A case series of preventable deaths involving medicines and misused drugs
- A case report of a death from complications of international cosmetic surgery
- A case report of a death from complications of robotics surgery
- A case series of preventable deaths involving antipsychotics
- A case series of preventable deaths in cities: Birmingham, Cambridge, Nottingham, and Oxford
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