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Professor Simon Coulton

Professor of Health Services Research

 

 

I specialize in the design, conduct and evaluation of clinical trials, as well as providing experience in epidemiology, clinical risk modeling and quantitative health research methodology.

With a career that encompasses both the NHS and academia, I have played a major role in a large number of national and international evaluations across a variety of clinical areas that have changed the way healthcare is delivered.

My particular interest is in the area of mental health and psychosocial interventions to elicit behavior change with a focus on alcohol and substance use.  My current studies involve a number of large scale randomized controlled trials of interventions for alcohol use across a variety of populations such as adolescents, adults, older people and settings, primary care, emergency departments, community services, schools and criminal justice.  My research is funded from a variety of sources including the National Institute of Health Research, Medical Research Council and European Union.

In addition I have developed and evaluated interventions in other clinical areas including self-management of heart failure, pharmacological management in dementia, management of back pain in primary care and the development of risk stratification models for the early diagnosis and management of inpatients.

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Article
Fleetwood, C., Salehi, M., Ward, R., Mamayusupova, H., Secchi, A., Coulton, S., Maidment, I. D. and Myint, P. (2021) "A novel machine learning approach to anticholinergic burden quantification", The Lancet. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3777231.
Ramponi, F., Walker, S., Griffin, S., Parrott, S., Drummond, C., Deluca, P., Coulton, S., Kanaan, M. and Richardson, G. (2021) "Cost‐effectiveness analysis of public health interventions with impacts on health and criminal justice: An applied cross‐sectoral analysis of an alcohol misuse intervention", Cost‐effectiveness analysis of public health interventions with impacts on health and criminal justice: An applied cross‐sectoral analysis of an alcohol misuse intervention. Wiley, pp. 1-17. doi: 10.1002/hec.4229.
Donoghue, K., Rose, A., Coulton, S., Coleman, R., Milward, J., Phillips, T., Drummond, C. and Little, H. (2020) "Double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of mifepristone on cognition and depression in alcohol dependence", Trials. BioMed Central. doi: 10.1186/s13063-020-04726-z.
Blackwood, R., Wolstenholme, A., Kimergård, A., Fincham-Campbell, S., Khadjesari, Z., Coulton, S., Byford, S., Deluca, P., Jennings, S., Currell, E., Dunne, J., O'Toole, J., Winnington, J., Finch, E. and Drummond, C. (2020) "Assertive outreach treatment versus care as usual for the treatment of high-need, high-cost alcohol related frequent attenders: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial", BMC Public Health. BIOMED CENTRAL LTD. doi: 10.1186/s12889-020-8437-y.
Phillips, T., Coulton, S. and Drummond, C. (2019) "Burden of Alcohol Disorders on Emergency Department Attendances and Hospital Admissions in England", Alcohol and Alcoholism. Oxford University Press, pp. 516-524. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agz055.
Rodda, S., Lynch, E., McGovern, R., Elzerbi, C., Breckons, M., Deluca, P., Drummond, C., Alam, M. F., Boniface, S., Coulton, S., Gilvarry, E., McArdle, P., Patton, R., Russell, I., Strang, J. and Kaner, E. (2019) "Adolescent perspectives about their participation in alcohol intervention research in emergency care: A qualitative exploration using ethical principles as an analytical framework", PLoS ONE. Public Library of Science. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0217855.
Giles, E. L., McGeechan, G. J., Coulton, S., Deluca, P., Drummond, C., Howel, D., Kaner, E., McColl, E., McGovern, R., Scott, S., Stamp, E., Sumnall, H., Todd, L., Vale, L., Albani, V., Boniface, S., Ferguson, J., Gilvarry, E., Hendrie, N., Howe, N., Mossop, H., Ramsay, A., Stanley, G. and Newbury-Birch, D. (2019) "Brief alcohol intervention for risky drinking in young people aged 14–15 years in secondary schools: the SIPS JR-HIGH RCT", Public Health Research. doi: 10.3310/phr07090.
Giles, E. L., McGeechan, G. J., Coulton, S., Deluca, P., Drummond, C., Howel, D., Kaner, E., McColl, E., McGovern, R., Scott, S., Stamp, E., Sumnall, H., Todd, L., Vale, L., Albani, V., Boniface, S., Ferguson, J., Gilvarry, E., Hendrie, N., Howe, N., Mossop, H., Ramsay, A., Stanley, G. and Newbury-Birch, D. (2019) "Brief alcohol intervention for risky drinking in young people aged 14–15 years in secondary schools: the SIPS JR-HIGH RCT", Public Health Research. National Institute for Health Research, pp. 1-134. doi: 10.3310/phr07090.
Addison, M., McGovern, R., Angus, C., Becker, F., Brennan, A., Brown, H., Coulton, S., Crowe, L., Gilvarry, E., Hickman, M., Howel, D., McColl, E., Muirhead, C., Newbury-Birch, D., Waqas, M. and Kaner, E. (2018) "Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention in Police Custody Suites: Pilot Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial (AcCePT)", Alcohol and Alcoholism. Oxford University Press, pp. 548-559. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agy039.
Coulton, S., Fasihul Alam, M., Boniface, S., Deluca, P., Donoghue, K., Gilvarry, E., Kaner, E., Lynch, E., Maconochie, I., McArdle, P., McGovern, R., Newbury-Birch, D., Patton, R., Phillips, C. J., Phillips, T., Rose, H., Russell, I., Strang, J. and Drummond, C. (2018) "Opportunistic screening for alcohol use problems in adolescents attending emergency departments: an evaluation of screening tools", Journal of Public Health. Oxford University Press, pp. 1-8. doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdy049.
Coulton, S., Bland, M., Crosby, H., Dale, V., Drummond, C., Godfrey, C., Kaner, E., Sweetman, J., McGovern, R., Newbury-Birch, D., Parrott, S., Tober, G., Watson, J. and Wu, Q. (2017) "Effectiveness and Cost-effectiveness of Opportunistic Screening and Stepped-care Interventions for Older Alcohol Users in Primary Care", Alcohol and Alcoholism. Oxford University Press, pp. 655-664. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agx065.
Coulton, S., Heather, N. and Dienes, Z. (2017) "Using Bayes Factors to evaluate evidence for no effect: examples from the SIPS project", Addiction. Wiley, pp. 240-246. doi: 10.1111/add.14002.
Dale, V., Heather, N., Adamson, S., Coulton, S., Copello, A., Godfrey, C., Hodgson, R., Orford, J., Raistrick, D. and Tober, G. (2017) "Predicting drinking outcomes: Evidence from the United Kingdom Alcohol Treatment Trial (UKATT)", Addictive Behaviors. Elsevier, pp. 61-67. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.02.023.
Anderson, P., Coulton, S., Kaner, E., Bendtsen, P., Kloda, K., Segura, L., Wojnar, M., Mierzecki, A., Deluca, P., Newbury-Birch, D., Parkinson, K., Drummond, C. and Gual, A. (2017) "Delivery of Brief Interventions for Heavy Drinking in Primary Care: Outcomes of the ODHIN 5-Country Cluster Randomized Trial", Annals of Family Medicine. Annals of Family Medicine, pp. 335-340. doi: 10.1370/afm.2051.
Law, F. D., Diaper, A. M., Melichar, J. K., Coulton, S., Nutt, D. J. and Myles, J. S. (2017) "Buprenorphine/naloxone versus methadone and lofexidine in community stabilisation and detoxification: A randomised controlled trial of low dose short-term opiate-dependent individuals", Journal of Psychopharmacology. Sage, pp. 1046-1055. doi: 10.1177/0269881117711710.
Coulton, S., Dale, V., Deluca, P., Gilvarry, E., Godfrey, C., Kaner, E., McGovern, R., Newbury-Birch, D., Patton, R., Parrott, S., Perryman, K., Phillips, T., Shepherd, J., Drummond, C. and Heather, N. (2017) "Screening for At-Risk Alcohol Consumption in Primary Care: A Randomized Evaluation of Screening Approaches", Alcohol and Alcoholism. Oxford University Press, pp. 312-317. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agx017.
Coulton, S., Stockdale, K., Marchand, C., Hendrie, N., Billings, J., Boniface, S., Butler, S., Deluca, P., Drummond, C., Newbury-Birch, D., Pellatt-Higgins, T., Stevens, A., Sutherland, A. and Wilson, E. (2017) "Pragmatic randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of a multi-component intervention to reduce substance use and risk-taking behavior in adolescents involved in the criminal justice system: A trial protocol (RISKIT-CJS)", BMC Public Health. BMC. doi: 10.1186/s12889-017-4170-6.
Donaghue, K., Rose, H., Boniface, S., Deluca, P., Coulton, S., Fasihul Alam, M., Gilvarry, E., Kaner, E., Lynch, E., Maconochie, I., McArdle, P., McGovern, R., Newbury-Birch, D., Patton, R., Phillips, C. J., Thomas, P., Russell, I., Strang, J. and Drummond, C. (2017) "Alcohol Consumption, Early-Onset Drinking, and Health-Related Consequences in Adolescents Presenting at Emergency Departments in England", Journal of Adolescent Health. Elsevier, pp. 438-446. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.11.017.
Giles, E. L., Coulton, S., Deluca, P., Drummond, C., Howel, D., Kaner, E., McColl, E., McGovern, R., Scott, S., Stamp, E., Sumnall, H., Tate, L., Todd, L., Vale, L., Albani, V., Boniface, S., Ferguson, J., Frankham, J., Gilvarry, E., Hendrie, N., Howe, N., McGeechan, G. J., Stanley, G. and Newbury-Birch, D. (2016) "Multicentre individual randomised controlled trial of screening and brief alcohol intervention to prevent risky drinking in young people aged 14–15 in a high school setting (SIPS JR-HIGH): study protocol", BMJ Open. BMJ. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012474.
Drummond, C., Gilburt, H., Burns, T., Copello, A., Crawford, M., Day, E., Deluca, P., Godfrey, C., Parrott, S., Rose, A., Sinclair, J. and Coulton, S. (2016) "Assertive Community Treatment for People With Alcohol Dependence: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial", Alcohol and Alcoholism. Oxford University Press, pp. 234-241. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agw091.
Malovic, A., Murphy, G. H. and Coulton, S. (2016) "Finding the Right Assessment Measures for Young People with Intellectual Disabilities Who Display Harmful Sexual Behaviour", Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. Wiley, pp. 101-110. doi: 10.1111/jar.12299.
Anderson, P., Bendtsen, P., Spak, F., Reynolds, J., Drummond, C., Segura, L., Keurhorst, M. N., Palacio-Vieira, J., Wojnar, M., Parkinson, K., Colom, J., Kłoda, K., Deluca, P., Baena, B., Newbury-Birch, D., Wallace, P., Heinen, M., Wolstenholme, A., van Steenkiste, B., Mierzecki, A., Okulicz- Kozaryn, K., Ronda, G., Kaner, E., Laurant, M. G., Coulton, S. and Gual, T. (2016) "Improving the delivery of brief interventions for heavy drinking in primary health care: outcome results of the Optimizing Delivery of Health Care Intervention (ODHIN) five country cluster randomized factorial trial", Addiction. Wiley, pp. 1935-1945. doi: 10.1111/add.13476.
Kalli, M., Billings, J. R., Coulton, S., Farmer, C. K., Bedford, M., Farr, M., Wheeler, T., Stevens, P. and Mottishaw, T. (2016) "Development of risk models for the prediction of new or worsening acute kidney injury on or during hospital admission: a cohort and nested study", Health Services and Delivery Research. NHS National Institute for Health Research. doi: 10.3310/hsdr04060.
Book section
Coulton, S. (2019) "Suicide and self-harm offender-specific screening tools", in Morgan, R. D. (ed.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Criminal Psychology. SAGE, pp. 1513-1516. doi: 10.4135/9781483392240.
Monograph
Deluca, P., Coulton, S., Alam, M. F., Boniface, S., Donoghue, K., Gilvarry, E., Kaner, E., Lynch, E., Maconochie, I., McArdle, P., McGovern, R., Newbury-Birch, D., Patton, R., Pellatt-Higgins, T., Phillips, C. J., Pockett, R., Russell, I., Strang, J. and Drummond, C. (2020) Screening and brief interventions for adolescent alcohol use disorders presenting through emergency departments: a research programme including two RCTs. NIHR. doi: 10.3310/pgfar08020.
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