Iain Atherton

Iain Atherton

Dr Iain Atherton

Senior Lecturer

Biography

Dr Atherton is a Reader in Nursing with expertise in population health. He is also Co-Director of the ESRC funded Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research.

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. He is also passionate about education and has published in the field of nursing pedagogy.

Esteem

Conference Organising 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
  • Health and homelessness Conference, NHS Edinburgh, August, 2011.
  • Scottish Longitudinal Studies Roadshow
  • Scottish Blackboard Users Group (Scot-BUG) (2014).
  • Scotstat Data Linkage Conference, Edinburgh (2012).
  • Medical and Nursing Faculties, University of Queensland, Australia (April 2016).
  • NETNEP International Nurse Education Conference, Brisbane Australia (April 2016).
  • NETNEP International Nurse Education Conference, Netherlands (June 2014).

 

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.
  • Member of Nursing and Midwifery Council Thought Leadership Group
  • Appointed to Economic and Social Research Council Peer Review College (2015)

 

Seminar/talk

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

 

Date


62 results

Differences in end-of-life hospitalisation patterns between people who died at home before and during the pandemic in Scotland (Preliminary results)

Presentation / Conference
Savinc, J., & Atherton, I. (2022, June)
Differences in end-of-life hospitalisation patterns between people who died at home before and during the pandemic in Scotland (Preliminary results). Paper presented at 19th International Medical Geography Symposium (IMGS 2022), Edinburgh
Deaths at home in Scotland increased by approximately 36% in 2020 and 2021 compared to the 2015-2019 period. Only about 2% of home deaths were Covid-related. This represented ...

Are deprivation-specific cancer survival patterns similar according to individual- and area-based measures? A cohort study of patients diagnosed with five malignancies in England & Wales, 2008-2016

Journal Article
Woods, L. M., Belot, A., Atherton, I., Ellis-Brookes, L., Baker, M., & Ingleby, F. C. (2022)
Are deprivation-specific cancer survival patterns similar according to individual- and area-based measures? A cohort study of patients diagnosed with five malignancies in England & Wales, 2008-2016. BMJ Open, 12(6), Article e058411. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-058411
Objective: To investigate if measured inequalities in cancer survival differ when using individual- (‘person’) compared to area- (‘place’) based measures of deprivation for th...

Data insights: Community Mortality Due to Covid-19: Differences in Age Distribution Between Care Home Residents and the General Population

Report
Henderson, D., Savinc, J., & Atherton, I. (2022)
Data insights: Community Mortality Due to Covid-19: Differences in Age Distribution Between Care Home Residents and the General Population. ESRC
This project explores the risk of mortality due to Covid-19 and other causes for people aged 65+ in Scotland between 1st March and 30th June 2020.

An investigation of cancer survival inequalities associated with individual-level socio-economic status, area-level deprivation, and contextual effects, in a cancer patient cohort in England and Wales

Journal Article
Ingleby, F. C., Woods, L. M., Atherton, I. M., Baker, M., Elliss-Brookes, L., & Belot, A. (2022)
An investigation of cancer survival inequalities associated with individual-level socio-economic status, area-level deprivation, and contextual effects, in a cancer patient cohort in England and Wales. BMC Public Health, 22, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-022-12525-1
Background People living in more deprived areas of high-income countries have lower cancer survival than those in less deprived areas. However, associations between individual...

Long-Term Conditions in Older People are Linked with Loneliness, but a Sense of Coherence Buffers the Adverse Effects on Quality of Life: A Cross-Sectional Study

Journal Article
van Woerden, H. C., Angus, N., Kiparoglou, V., Atherton, I., & Leung, J. (2021)
Long-Term Conditions in Older People are Linked with Loneliness, but a Sense of Coherence Buffers the Adverse Effects on Quality of Life: A Cross-Sectional Study. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 14, 2467-2475. https://doi.org/10.2147/jmdh.s317393
Background: The impact of disability, long-term conditions, rurality, living alone, and being a carer on health has some evidence base, but the extent to which a strong sense ...

Describing socio-economic variation in life expectancy according to an individual's education, occupation and wage in England and Wales: An analysis of the ONS Longitudinal Study

Journal Article
Ingleby, F. C., Woods, L. M., Atherton, I. M., Baker, M., Elliss-Brookes, L., & Belot, A. (2021)
Describing socio-economic variation in life expectancy according to an individual's education, occupation and wage in England and Wales: An analysis of the ONS Longitudinal Study. SSM - Population Health, 14, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2021.100815
People who live in more deprived areas have poorer health outcomes, and this inequality is a major driver of health and social policy. Many interventions targeting these dispa...

Palliative care at home: implications of the Covid-19 pandemic and into the future [Policy brief]

Report
Savinc, J., & Atherton, I. (2021)
Palliative care at home: implications of the Covid-19 pandemic and into the future [Policy brief]. SCADR

Context, complexity and cross-pollination: Nursing leaders' views of the role of the voluntary and community sector in nurse education

Journal Article
Kyle, R. G., Atherton, I. M., & Lasater, K. (2021)
Context, complexity and cross-pollination: Nursing leaders' views of the role of the voluntary and community sector in nurse education. Nurse Education Today, 99, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2020.104732
Background Placements in voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations have long played an important part in student nurses' education in several countries. New standards...

Berberine for the treatment of hypertension: a systematic review

Journal Article
Suadoni, M. T., & Atherton, I. (2021)
Berberine for the treatment of hypertension: a systematic review. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 42, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2020.101287
Background Hypertension is the highest risk factor for disease globally. One popular therapy is berberine. Methods The review followed the protocol PRISMA-P, and is reported a...

Impact of area deprivation on the cardiac mortality in the UK between 1991 and 2010: evidence from a population-based longitudinal study

Journal Article
Jin, K., Neubeck, L., & Atherton, I. (2021)
Impact of area deprivation on the cardiac mortality in the UK between 1991 and 2010: evidence from a population-based longitudinal study. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 20(5), 436-444. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurjcn/zvaa021
Aim: Evidence from longitudinal studies on the influence of area deprivation in cardiac mortality is limited. We aimed to examine the impact of area deprivation on cardiac mor...

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