The hidden pain in our data

Posted on 13 November 2015

Professor Kelvin Jordan, Professor of Biostatistics within the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences at Keele University, will give the second lecture in Keele's programme of Inaugural Professorial Lectures 2015-16, on Tuesday, 24 November, 2015, in the Westminster Theatre, Chancellor's Building, on the University campus. The title of his lecture is: "The hidden pain in our data: how biostatistics can help management of musculoskeletal conditions in primary care".

Information on primary health care use and patient symptoms such as pain may be collected regularly over time through electronic health records and questionnaire surveys. This longitudinal data can tell us much about the occurrence, impact, and outcome of illness, and may help to inform and evaluate management of patients. However, the data is typically large and complex and requires structured, robust, and novel approaches to its interrogation and analysis. With an emphasis on musculoskeletal conditions, This lecture will focus on how longitudinal health-related data can be effectively analysed to understand more about the frequency, management, and long-term course of illness seen in primary care.

Kelvin Jordan is Professor of Biostatistics within the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences at Keele. His research focuses principally on the longitudinal course of symptoms and musculoskeletal conditions in primary care, working in multi-disciplinary teams with clinical and non-clinical colleagues. In particular he has a specific interest in the analysis of routinely recorded primary care medical record data, and repeated measurements of self-reported health status via population surveys.

Keele's programme of Inaugural Lectures are given by newly established professors within the University and aim to give an illuminating account of the speaker's own subject specialism. The lectures, which start at 6 pm in the Westminster Theatre, are chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Trevor McMillan.

This lecture is free and open to all.