Iain Atherton

Biography

Dr Atherton is a Reader in Nursing with expertise in population health. He is also Deputy Director of the ESRC funded Administrative Data Research Centre-Scotland, a position he has held since January 2017.

After working in clinical practice in a range of specialities, he went on to study demography at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine before completing a PhD at the University of St Andrews. He is interested in the interaction between health care practitioners in their day-to-day work and large-scale population trends. These interests are reflected in his research and teaching.

Esteem

Conference Activity

  • Organiser symposium on ‘Big Data’, RCN Research Conference, University of Nottingham. Notes: Participation by academics from University of Nottingham, University of Hull, University of the West of Scotland, Edinburgh University, and Edinburgh Napier Unive
  • Invited to sit on Scientific Advisory Panel for NETNEP International Nurse Education Conference (2015)

 

Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Advisory Group for the journal Nurse Education Today

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Funding proposals reviewed for ESRC, Chief Scientists Office for Scotland, and Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

 

Invited Speaker

  • Using data to realise the potential of the 'Last 1000 days
  • Harnessing the power of large integrated national administrative datasets to develop policy in New Zealand
  • Scotstat Data Linkage Conference, Edinburgh (2012).
  • Scottish Blackboard Users Group (Scot-BUG) (2014).
  • Scottish Longitudinal Studies Roadshow
  • NETNEP International Nurse Education Conference, Brisbane Australia (April 2016).
  • NETNEP International Nurse Education Conference, Netherlands (June 2014).
  • Medical and Nursing Faculties, University of Queensland, Australia (April 2016).
  • Health and homelessness Conference, NHS Edinburgh, August, 2011.

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • PhD examination
  • PhD Examination
  • MRes examination

 

Reviewing

  • Peer review of journals: BMJ, Ageing and Society, Social Science and Medicine, Nursing and Health, Nursing Standard,and Population Space and Place.
  • Appointed to Economic and Social Research Council Peer Review College (2015)
  • Member of Nursing and Midwifery Council Thought Leadership Group

 

Seminar/talk

  • Leading ESRC funded seminar series on the contribution of the Social Sciences to Nurse Education (Ongoing - see Research Grants section).

 

Date


51 results

Linkage of national health and social care data: a cross-sectional study of multimorbidity and social care use in people aged over 65 years in Scotland

Journal Article
Henderson, D. A., Atherton, I., McCowan, C., Mercer, S. W., & Bailey, N. (in press)
Linkage of national health and social care data: a cross-sectional study of multimorbidity and social care use in people aged over 65 years in Scotland. Age and ageing, https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afaa134
Background: Little is known about the relationship between multimorbidity and social care use (also known as long-term care). The aim of this study was to assess the relations...

Population health as a 'platform' for nurse education: A qualitative study of nursing leaders

Journal Article
Lasater, K., Atherton, I. M., & Kyle, R. G. (2020)
Population health as a 'platform' for nurse education: A qualitative study of nursing leaders. Nurse Education Today, 86, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2019.104313
Background: Challenges to the sustainability of global healthcare systems are prompting a shift towards more population-focused models of care. Nurse educators need to develop...

Zooming out to prioritise population health in nurse education

Journal Article
Lasater, K., Kyle, R. G., & Atherton, I. M. (2019)
Zooming out to prioritise population health in nurse education. Collegian, 26(5), 511-513. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2019.09.007
In this Editorial, we argue that zooming out to prioritise population health in nurse education can: (1) Redefine population health as praxis; (2) Reposition nursing as a sign...

Student nurses' attitudes to social justice and poverty: An international Comparison

Journal Article
Scheffer, M. M. J., Lasater, K., Atherton, I. M., & Kyle, R. G. (2019)
Student nurses' attitudes to social justice and poverty: An international Comparison. Nurse Education Today, 80, 59-66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2019.06.007
Background: In both the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US), health inequities are proving resistant to improvement. Nurses are ideally placed to advocate for socia...

Testing the expert based weights used in the UK’s Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) against three preference-based methods

Journal Article
Watson, V., Dibben, C., Cox, M., Atherton, I., Sutton, M., & Ryan, M. (2019)
Testing the expert based weights used in the UK’s Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) against three preference-based methods. Social Indicators Research, 144(3), 1055-1074. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-018-02054-z
The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD), used widely in England, is an important tool for social need and inequality identification. It summarises deprivation across seven dim...

Health-related behaviors of nurses and other healthcare professionals: a cross-sectional study using the Scottish Health Survey

Journal Article
Schneider, A., Bak, M., Mahoney, C., Hoyle, L., Ba, K., Atherton, I. M., & Kyle, R. G. (2019)
Health-related behaviors of nurses and other healthcare professionals: a cross-sectional study using the Scottish Health Survey. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 75(6), 1239-1251. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13926
Aims: To estimate the prevalence and co-occurrence of health-related behaviours among nurses in Scotland relative to other healthcare workers and those in non-healthcare occup...

A retrospective medical records review of risk factors for the development of respiratory tract secretions (death rattle) in the dying patient

Journal Article
Kolb, H., Snowden, A., Stevens, E., & Atherton, I. (2018)
A retrospective medical records review of risk factors for the development of respiratory tract secretions (death rattle) in the dying patient. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 74(7), 1639-1648. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13704
Aim: Identification of risk factors predicting the development of death rattle. Background: Respiratory tract secretions, often called death rattle, are among the most common ...

Obesity prevalence among healthcare professionals in England: a cross-sectional study using the Health Survey for England

Journal Article
Kyle, R. G., Wills, J., Mahoney, C., Hoyle, L., Kelly, M., & Atherton, I. M. (2017)
Obesity prevalence among healthcare professionals in England: a cross-sectional study using the Health Survey for England. BMJ Open, 7(12), https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018498
Objective: To estimate obesity prevalence among healthcare professionals in England and compare prevalence to those working outside of the health services. Design: Cross-secti...

Transfusing our lifeblood: Reframing research impact through inter-disciplinary collaboration between health geography and nurse education

Journal Article
Kyle, R. G., Atherton, I. M., Kesby, M., Sothern, M., & Andrews, G. (2016)
Transfusing our lifeblood: Reframing research impact through inter-disciplinary collaboration between health geography and nurse education. Social science & medicine, 168, 257-264. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.08.002
Geographers have long grappled with how their research can positively impact individuals, communities and society. Demonstrating research impact is an increasingly important a...

Population health and nurse education – time to step-up

Journal Article
Atherton, I. M., Lasater, K., Richards, E. A., Mathews, L. R., Simpson, V., & Kyle, R. G. (2016)
Population health and nurse education – time to step-up. Nurse Education Today, 51, 117-119. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2016.08.002
Highlights •Contemporary trends in population health threaten the sustainability of current approaches to care delivery. •Health care professionals inevitably confront social ...

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  • Supervision of PhD