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Dr Obioha Ukoumunne

Associate Professor in Medical Statistics

Kath Maguire

I provide statistical support for PenCLAHRC research. My main area of expertise is the design and analysis of cluster randomised trials. I am trial statistician on the UK NIHR funded cluster randomised trial of the effectiveness of the Incredible Years teacher classroom management course, the feasibility work for which was funded by PenCLAHRC (protocol published – BMC Public Health 2012; 12: 719), and a stepped wedge cluster randomised trial of a community-based physical activity intervention in the South West, part funded by PenCLAHRC (protocol published – BMC Public Health 2012; 12: 581). I am also part of the team that has run a non-randomised cluster trial to assess the feasibility of a definitive trial of a school-based intervention to enhance mental health and well-being of pupils (part supported by PenCLAHRC and paper in press with British Journal of Psychiatry). My other key area of research is studies of diagnostic test accuracy. I teach on the Evidence-Based Practice workshops run by PenCLAHRC for health professionals, facilitating small group critical appraisal sessions and running statistics clinics to explain challenging concepts to the participants.

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01392 726070

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University of Exeter

Areas of expertise


Non pharmacological interventions for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) delivered in school settings: a systematic review of quantitative and qualitative research

Association between father’s depression and interparental relationship

Systematic review of patient-initiated clinics (PIC) in secondary care for people with chronic disease

What is the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions for teachers?

Diabetes Intervention for Agenda Trial (DIAT)

Vitamin D and Cognitive Health: the DCog Project

The MYRIAD Project: Mindfulness and Resilience in Adolescence

Improving the mental health of children and young people with long term conditions

Non-pharmacological interventions for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in school settings

Improving the mental health of children and young people with long term conditions

Cancer Diagnostics Programme

MBCT-YP: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to prevent relapse in young people

The use of Tranexamic Acid in Hip Fracture Surgery (HipFrac TXA)

Psychiatric disorders and emotional and behavioural disturbance in children excluded from school


Outcomes of a universal infant-toddler shared reading intervention by 2 years of age: the Let's Read Trial

Outcomes of population based language promotion for slow to talk toddlers at ages 2 and 3 years: Let's Learn Language cluster randomised controlled trial

A brief sleep intervention improves outcomes in the school entry year: a randomized controlled trial

Relationship between symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and family functioning: a community-based study

Prevalence of eczema and food allergy is associated with latitude in Australia

Development of children's internalising and externalising problems from infancy to five years of age

Improving outcomes of preschool language delay in the community: protocol for the Language for Learning randomised controlled trial

Outcomes at six years of age for children with infant sleep problems: longitudinal community-based study

Five-year follow-up of harms and benefits of behavioral infant sleep intervention: randomized trial

Four-year-old outcomes of a universal infant-toddler shared reading intervention: the let's read trial

Physical Activity and 3-Year BMI Change in Overweight and Obese Children

Computer use and letter knowledge in pre-school children: A population-based study

Parent-focused intervention to reduce infant obesity risk behaviors: a randomized trial

Objectively measured physical activity and the subsequent risk of incident dysglycemia: the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study (AusDiab)

Association of a difference in systolic blood pressure between arms with vascular disease and mortality: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Profiles of language development in pre-school children: a longitudinal latent class analysis of data from the Early Language in Victoria Study

The Devon Active Villages Evaluation (DAVE) trial: study protocol of a stepped wedge cluster randomised trial of a community-level physical activity intervention in rural southwest England

Development of a fragile X syndrome (FXS) knowledge scale: towards a modified multidimensional measure of informed choice for FXS population carrier screening

Cascade carrier testing after a child is diagnosed with cystic fibrosis through newborn screening: investigating why most relatives do not have testing

Expanding Children's Food Experiences: The Impact of a School-Based Kitchen Garden Program

Risk factors for childhood mental health symptoms: national longitudinal study of Australian children

Predictors of parent-reported attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children aged 6-7 years: a national longitudinal study

Preventing mental health problems in children: the Families in Mind population-based cluster randomised controlled trial

The Children's Attention Project: a community-based longitudinal study of children with ADHD and non-ADHD controls

Who gets help for preschool communication problems? Data from a prospective community study

Effectiveness of the Mindfulness in Schools Programme: non-randomised controlled feasibility study

Variability in thyroid function test requests across general practices in South-west England

Behavioural activation written self-help to improve mood, wellbeing and quality of life in people with dementia supported by informal carers (PROMOTE): study protocol for a single-arm feasibility study

A pre-consultation web-based tool to generate an agenda for discussion in diabetes outpatient clinics to improve patient outcomes (DIAT): a feasibility study

A directly comparative two-gate case–control diagnostic accuracy study of the pure tone screen and HearCheck screener tests for identifying hearing impairment in school children

Supporting teachers and children in schools: the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the incredible years teacher classroom management programme in primary school children: a cluster randomised controlled trial, with parallel economic and process evalu

Prevalence of parent-reported ASD and ADHD in the UK: findings from the Millennium Cohort Study

Block & replace regime versus titration regime of antithyroid drugs for the treatment of Graves’ disease: a retrospective observational study

Ethnic differences in patients’ preferences for prostate cancer investigation: a vignette-based survey in primary care.

Age and gender variations in cancer diagnostic intervals in 15 cancers: analysis of data from the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink

A programme of studies including assessment of diagnostic accuracy of school hearing screening tests and a cost-effectiveness model of school entry hearing screening programmes

How useful is thrombocytosis in predicting an underlying cancer in primary care?: a systematic review.

Interarm blood pressure difference in people with diabetes: measurement and vascular and mortality implications: a cohort study.

The feasibility of the Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management course as a Public Health Intervention.

Clinical relevance of thrombocytosis in primary care: a prospective cohort study of cancer incidence using UK electronic medical records and cancer registry data

Predictors of word-reading ability in 7-year-olds: analysis of data from a U.K. cohort study

The effectiveness of community-based coordinating interventions in dementia care: a meta-analysis and subgroup analysis of intervention components

Peer support for parents of children with chronic disabling conditions: a systematic review of quantitative and qualitative studies

Thromboelastography (TEG) and thromboelastometry (ROTEM) for trauma induced coagulopathy in adult trauma patients with bleeding

Psychiatric disorder or impairing psychology in children who have been excluded from school: A systematic review

The Devon Active Villages Evaluation (DAVE) trial of a community-level physical activity intervention in rural south-west England: a stepped wedge cluster randomised controlled trial

Mental health related contact with education professionals in the British Child and Adolescent Mental Health Survey 2004

Speech sound disorder at 4 years: prevalence, co-morbidities and predictors in a community cohort of children

Diagnostic accuracy of high-definition CT coronary angiography in high-risk patients

Variation in ambulance call rates for care homes in Torbay, UK

Understanding influences on teacher’s uptake and use of behaviour management strategies: Process Evaluation Protocol for the Supporting Teachers And childRen in Schools (STARS) randomised controlled trial

Examining the Psychological and Social Impact of Relative Age in Primary School Children: A Cross-Sectional Survey

Temperament and early stuttering development: Cross-sectional findings from a community cohort

N of 1 trials and the optimal individualisation of drug treatments: a systematic review protocol

The association between child and adolescent emotional disorder and poor attendance at school: a systematic review protocol

Is it safe to go back in the water? A systematic review and meta-analysis of the risk of acquiring infections from recreational exposure to seawater

Preventing preschool mental health problems: Population-based cluster randomised controlled trial

Effectiveness of mealtime interventions on nutritional outcomes for the elderly living in residential care: A systematic review and meta-analysis

School exclusion in children with psychiatric disorder or impairing psychopathology: A systematic review

Teaching Classroom Management - A Potential Public Health Intervention?

Children's contact with people with disabilities and their attitudes towards disability: a cross-sectional study

Tests for screening for hearing loss in children about to start school (Protocol)

Development of a fragile X syndrome knowledge scale: towards a modified multidimensional measure of informed choice (MMIC) for FXS population carrier screening

Manual development and pilot randomised controlled trial of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy versus usual care for parents with a history of depression

Utility-based quality of life in mothers of children with behaviour problems: a population-based study

Techniques for Modifying Impulsive Processes Associated with Unhealthy Eating: A Systematic Review

Cluster randomised trial of a school-community child health promotion and obesity prevention intervention: findings from the evaluation of fun ‘n healthy in Moreland!

Multiple component interventions for preventing falls and fall-related injuries among older people: systematic review and meta-analysis

Non-pharmacological interventions for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) delivered in school settings: systematic reviews of quantitative and qualitative research

Assessing the effectiveness of enhanced psychological care for patients with depressive symptoms attending cardiac rehabilitation compared with treatment as usual (CADENCE): A study protocol for a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial and qualitative i

Two-year outcomes of a population-based intervention for preschool language delay: An RCT

Enhancing the early home learning environment through a brief group parenting intervention: study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial

Attention restoration theory: a systematic review of the attention restoration potential of exposure to natural environments

Prescribing of medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder among young people in the Clinical Practice Research Datalink 2005-2013: analysis of time to cessation

‘How I Feel About My School’: The construction and validation of a measure of wellbeing at school for primary school children

Impact of a Brief Group Intervention to Enhance Parenting and the Home Learning Environment for Children Aged 6–36 Months: a Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial

Implementing a patient-initiated review system for people with rheumatoid arthritis: a prospective, comparative service evaluation

The effectiveness of the Inspiring Futures parenting programme in improving behavioural and emotional outcomes in primary school children with behavioural or emotional difficulties: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Interventions for reducing unplanned paediatric admissions: an observational study in one hospital

Exposure to and colonisation by antibiotic-resistant E. coli in UK coastal water users: environmental surveillance, exposure assessment, and epidemiological study (Beach Bum Survey)

The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a mindfulness training programme in schools compared with normal school provision (MYRIAD): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

The effectiveness of Chance UK's mentoring programme in improving behavioural and emotional outcomes in primary school children with behavioural difficulties: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Effectiveness and micro-costing of the KiVa school-based bullying prevention programme in Wales: study protocol for a pragmatic definitive parallel group cluster randomised controlled trial

A pilot randomised controlled trial of a preconsultation web-based intervention to improve the care quality and clinical outcomes of diabetes outpatients (DIAT)

Coronary artery bypass graft surgery and dementia risk in the Cardiovascular Health Study

Enhanced psychological care in cardiac rehabilitation services for patients with new-onset depression: the CADENCE feasibility study and pilot RCT

Vitamin D and memory decline: two population-based prospective studies

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Searching and Review Clinic

Room 2.17, South Cloisters, St Lukes Campus, University of Exeter

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
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Job opportunity - PenCLAHRC Research Fellow

02 August 2018

The University of Plymouth Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry are looking to recruit a Research Fellow within...
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Professor Ken Stein appointed Director of the NIHR Systematic Reviews Programme

22 July 2018

PenCLAHRC’s Deputy Director, Professor Ken Stein, has been appointed as Programme Director for the NIHR Systematic Reviews (SR)...
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Celebrating positives in the classroom may improve child behaviour and mental health

18 July 2018

Training teachers to focus their attention on positive conduct, and to avoid jumping to correct...
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Research Projects

Improving Continence

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

What is the available evidence for interventions relating to improving continence for children and young...
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Theme: Diagnostics & Stratified Medicine

How can we help GPs make better use of thyroid function tests?
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Research Projects