Projects per year
- Responsible for the Research Evidence Group
I have background on public health medicine, health statistics, and health services research; have been conducting systematic reviews and modelling for health technology assessment, and research synthesis related methods. My research interest also includes primary research on health care interventions and health services research.
Key research interests
- Evidence-based medicine research; systematic reviews, meta-analysis and modelling for evaluating a wide range of health care interventions.
- Methodological research concerning evidence-based medicine and evidence synthesis, including publication and related biases, assessment of non-randomised studies, indirect treatment comparison, network meta-analysis, and evaluation of complex healthcare interventions.
- Primary research on public health interventions, health services research, the control of chronic conditions, disability and rehabilitation, smoking cessation and tobacco control.
Post-lockdown SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid screening in nearly ten million residents of Wuhan, China. Nat Commun. 2020 Nov 20;11(1):5917. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-19802-w.
Online information on electronic cigarettes: comparative study of relevant websites from Baidu and Google search engines. JMIR, 2020; https://doi.org/10.2196/14725.
Impact of the NHS Stop Smoking Services on smoking prevalence in England: a simulation modeling evaluation. Tobacco Control 2020; 29:200-206
Cumulative subgroup analysis to reduce waste in clinical research for individualised medicine. BMC Medicine, 2016, 14:197. DOI: 10.1186/s12916-016-0744-x
Increasing value and reducing waste: addressing inaccessible research. Lancet. 2014; Jan 7. pii: S0140-6736(13)62296-5. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62296-5.
Simulation evaluation of statistical properties of methods for indirect and mixed treatment comparisons. BMC Med Res Method 2012, 12:138 doi:10.1186/1471-2288-12-138.
Inconsistency between direct and indirect comparison: a meta-epidemiological study. BMJ, 2011; 343:d4909 doi: 10.1136/bmj.d4909.
PhD Student Supervision
Welcome enquires about PhD study opportunities (by email: firstname.lastname@example.org) from UK and international students, regarding research topics, for example, on research synthesis methodology, health services research, global health and control of chronic conditions.
Research methods, systematic review and meta-analysis, evidence based practice, critical appraisal of research evidence
- Coordinate and teach postgraduate module on Evidence Based Practice (including statistical methods for evidence based practice, systematic reviews, critical appraisal of clinical research, assessment of studies of diagnostic tests).
PhD Student Supervision
Welcome enquires about PhD study opportunities (by email: email@example.com) from UK and international students. Research topics suitable for PhD studies include: (1) Research synthesis methodology. (2) Health services research, global health and control of chronic conditions. (3) Other evidence-based medicine and health services research topics
Key Research Interests and Expertise
I have extensive experience in systematic reviews and simulation modelling for evaluating healthcare interventions. I have been conducting methodological research concerning evidence synthesis, including heterogeneity in meta-analysis, publication and related biases, assessment of non-randomised studies, indirect and mixed treatment comparison for evaluating competing healthcare interventions, and methods for synthesizing evidence for the evaluation of complex healthcare interventions. My research interest also includes primary research on public health interventions, health services research, the control of chronic conditions, disability and rehabilitation, smoking cessation and tobacco control.
- Associate editor, BMC Medical Research Methodology (2011 - 2017)
- Invited member, Evidence Synthesis Meeting of the HTA Commissioning Board (07/2007)
- Invited member (expertise in evidence synthesis), Methods Review Workshop, National Institute for Clinical Excellence (05/2007)
- Invited examiner of external PhDs, University of Birmingham, and University of Liverpool (2006, 2009, 2011)
- Peer reviewing of MRC, ESRC, HTA, & DSEN grant applications.
- Member of Cochrane Collaboration Bias Research group, and MTM method Group
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Development of a medication adherence tool for people with bipolar disorder which will both identify non-adherent behaviour and the individual's barriers to medication adherence.
1/04/18 → 31/03/22
The APW is created for producing three scoping reviews of the scientific literature to inform the development of updated requirements and upper limits of intake for iron, vitamin A and magnesium in children aged 0 3 years
5/03/21 → 15/07/21
Song, F., Elwell-Sutton, T., Naughton, F. & Gentry, S., 18 Jun 2021, In : Tobacco Control. 30, 4, p. 380-385 6 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile2 Citations (Scopus)11 Downloads (Pure)
Intraday effects of ambient PM1 on emergency department visits in Guangzhou, China: A case-crossover studyLiu, L., Song, F., Fang, J., Wei, J., Ho, H. C., Song, Y., Zhang, Y., Wang, L., Yang, Z., Hu, C. & Zhang, Y., 1 Jan 2021, In : Science of the Total Environment. 750, 142347.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile9 Citations (Scopus)
Mapping modifiable determinants of medication adherence in bipolar disorder (BD) to the theoretical domains framework (TDF): a systematic reviewPrajapati, A. R., Dima, A., Mosa, G., Scott, S., Song, F., Wilson, J. & Bhattacharya, D., May 2021, In : Psychological Medicine. 51, 7, p. 1082-1098 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile6 Downloads (Pure)
Prespecification of subgroup analyses and examination of treatment-subgroup interactions in cancer individual participant data meta-analyses are suboptimalGao, Y., Liu, M., Shi, S., Niu, M., Li, J., Zhang, J., Song, F. & Tian, J., 26 Jun 2021, In : Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 138, p. 156-167 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article1 Citation (Scopus)
& 2 others, , Sep 2021, In : Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine. 14, 3, p. 218-231 14 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article
Song, F. (Creator), UEA, 2018