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Dr Katie Thomson

Research Fellow in Evidence Synthesis

Dr Katie Thomson is a Research Fellow in Evidence Synthesis (50% FTE) in the Enabling Methodologies theme of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North East and North Cumbria (NENC).

She also works in the Evidence Synthesis Group (Population Health Sciences Institute, Newcastle University), and is additionally, an analyst with the NIHR Innovation Observatory (30% FTE).

 Background

Katie’s research expertise is centred on evidence synthesis. She has conducted a range of quantitative and qualitative reviews on a variety of health and public health topics. Katie has been involved in over 15 reviews and has a particular interest in umbrella and mapping reviews.  A geographer by training, Katie is also experienced in the use of mapping of health data using Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Katie took up the position of Research Associate in Evidence Synthesis prior to working at Durham University where she undertook her PhD research. She was first employed as a researcher on an ESRC project looking at physical activity in school-aged children, and then moved into evidence synthesis on a European funded project looking at government interventions to improve health and reduce health inequalities.

Areas of interest

Katie is interested in, and can help with:

  • Systematic review methods, particularly those applied to health inequalities.
  • Mapping reviews and priority setting exercises involving stakeholder engagement.
  • The use of Geographical Information Systems to visualise and map health data, particularly its use linking data sources at different geographies.

Publications

  • Bingpong K, Thomson K, McNamara CL, Besnier E, Balaj M, Ahkter N, Bambra C, Todd A. The Gender Pain Gap: The gender gap in pain in 19 European countries. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 2021, ePub ahead of print.
  • Nazar H, Evans C, Kyei N, Lindsey L, Nazar Z, Thomson K, Yeung A, Todd A. A service evaluation and stakeholder perspectives of an innovative digital minor illness referral service from NHS 111 to community pharmacy. PLoS ONE 2020, 15(3), e0230343.
  • Thomson K, Berry R, Robinson T, Brown H, Bambra C, Todd A. An examination of trends in antibiotic prescribing in primary care and the association with area-level deprivation in England. BMC Public Health 2020, 20, 1148.
  • Tanner L, Thomson K, Drake MJ, Ervin CF, Bower WF, Pearson F. Behavioural interventions for nocturia in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2020, 2020(9), CD013746.
  • McMahon N, Thomson K, Kaner E, Bambra C. Effects of prevention and harm reduction interventions on gambling behaviours and gambling related harm: an umbrella review. Addictive Behaviors 2019, 90, 380-388.
  • Bambra C, Thomson K. Reducing inequities in health across the life-course: Transition to independent living – Young adults. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2019. Reducing inequities in health across the life-course.
  • Niedzwiedz C, Thomson K, Bambra C, Pearce J. Regional employment and individual worklessness during the Great Recession and the health of the working-age population: Cross-national analysis of 16 European countries. Social Science & Medicine 2019.
  • Smith D, Thomson K, Bambra C, Todd A. The breast cancer paradox: a systematic review of the association between area-level deprivation and breast cancer screening uptake in Europe. Cancer Epidemiology 2019, 60, 77-85.
  • Thomson K, Hillier-Brown F, Walton N, Bilaj M, Bambra C, Todd A. The effects of community pharmacy delivered public health interventions on population health and health inequalities: a review of reviews. Preventive Medicine 2019, 124, 98-109.
  • Hillier-Brown F, Thomson K, McGowan V, Cairns J, Eikemo T, Gil-González D, Bambra C. The effects of social protection policies on health inequalities: Evidence from systematic reviews. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 2019, 47(6), 655-665.
  • Todd A, McNamara CL, Balaj M, Huijts T, Akhter N, Thomson K, Kasim A, Eikemo TA, Bambra C. The European epidemic: Pain prevalence and socioeconomic inequalities in pain across 19 European countries. European Journal of Pain 2019, 23(8), 1425-1436.
  • Besnier E, Thomson K, Stonkute D, Mohammad T, Akhter N, Todd A, Jensen MR, Kilvik A, Bambra C. Which public health interventions are effective in reducing morbidity, mortality and health inequalities from infectious diseases amongst children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs): protocol for an umbrella review. BMJ Open 2019, 9(12), e032981.
  • Thomson K, Hillier-Brown F. Can we reduce inequalities through public health policies?. Journal of Health Visiting 2018, 6(11), 534-536.
  • Todd A, Thomson K, Kasim A, Bambra C. Cutting care clusters: the creation of an inverse pharmacy care law? An area level analysis exploring the clustering of community pharmacies in England. BMJ Open 2018, 8(7), e022109.
  • Graham E, Thomson K, Bambra C. The association between diabetes and depressive symptoms varies by quality of diabetes care across Europe. European Journal of Public Health 2018, 28(5), 872-878.
  • Thomson K, Hillier-Brown F, McNamarra C, Todd A, Huijits T, Bambra C. The effects of public health policies on health inequalities in high-income countries: an umbrella review. BMC Public Health 2018, 18, 869.
  • Reibling N, Beckfield J, Huijts T, Schmidt-Catran A, Thomson KH, Wendt C. Depressed during the depression: has the economic crisis affected mental health inequalities in Europe? Findings from the European Social Survey (2014) special module on the determinants of health. European Journal of Public Health 2017, 27(Suppl. 1), 47-54.
  • Huijts T, Gkiouleka A, Reibling N, Thomson KH, Eikemo TA, Bambra C. Educational inequalities in risky health behaviours in 21 European countries: Findings from the European social survey (2014) special module on the social determinants of health. European Journal of Public Health 2017, 27(Suppl. 1), 63-72.
  • Thomson KH, Renneberg AC, McNamara CL, Akhter N, Reibling N, Bambra C. Regional inequalities in self-reported conditions and non-communicable diseases in European countries: Findings from the European Social Survey (2014) special module on the social determinants of health. European Journal of Public Health 2017, 27(Suppl. 1), 14-21.
  • McNamara CL, Balaj M, Thomson KH, Eikemo TA, Bambra C. The contribution of housing and neighborhood conditions to educational inequalities in non-communicable diseases in Europe: findings from the European Social Survey (2014) special module on the social determinants of health. European Journal of Public Health 2017, 27(Suppl. 1), 102-106.
  • Todd A, Hillier-Brown F, Thomson K, Balaj M, Walton N, Bambra C. The effects of community pharmacy public health interventions on health and health inequalities. In: 10th European Public Health Conference. 2017, Stockholm, Sweden: Oxford Academic.
  • Hillier-Brown F, Bambra C, Thomson K, Balaj M, Walton N, Todd A. The effects of community pharmacy public health interventions on population health and health inequalities: a systematic review of reviews protocol. Systematic Reviews 2017, 6, 176.
  • Thomson K, Hillier-Brown F, Todd A, McNamara C, Huijits T, Bambra C. The effects of public health policies on health inequalities – a review of reviews. In: Lancet Public Health Conference. 2017, London, UK.
  • McNamara CL, Balaj M, Thomson KH, Eikemo TA, Solheim EF, Bambra C. The socioeconomic distribution of non-communicable diseases in Europe: findings from the European social survey (2014) special module on the social determinants of health. European Journal of Public Health 2017, 27(Suppl. 1), 22-26.
  • Tymms PB, Curtis SE, Routen AC, Thomson KH, Bolden DS, Bock S, Dunn CE, Cooper AR, Elliott JG, Moore HJ, Summerbell CD, Tiffin PA, Kasim AS. Clustered randomised controlled trial of two education interventions designed to increase physical activity and well-being of secondary school students: the MOVE Project. BMJ Open 2016, 6(1), e009318.
  • Thomson K, Bambra C, McNamara C, Huijits T, Todd A. The effects of public health policies on population health and health inequalities in European welfare states: protocol for an umbrella review. Systematic Reviews 2016, 5, 57.

Get in touch

Twitter: @katiehthomson
Email: katie.thomson@newcastle.ac.uk