Sheila M Bird

Summary

Affiliation: University of Cambridge
Country: UK

Publications

  1. doi request reprint Missing targets on drugs-related deaths, and a Scottish paradox
    Sheila M Bird
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Medical Research Council, Robinson Way, Cambridge, England G1 1XH, United Kingdom
    Int J Drug Policy 21:155-9. 2010
  2. ncbi request reprint Military fatality rates (by cause) in Afghanistan and Iraq: a measure of hostilities
    Sheila M Bird
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge CB2 2SR
    Int J Epidemiol 36:841-6. 2007
  3. ncbi request reprint Random mandatory drugs testing of prisoners
    Sheila M Bird
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge CB2 2SR, UK
    Lancet 365:1451-2. 2005
  4. ncbi request reprint Military and public-health sciences need to ally
    Sheila M Bird
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge CB2 2 sR, UK
    Lancet 364:1831-3. 2004
  5. doi request reprint Changes in male suicides in Scottish prisons: 10-year study
    Sheila M Bird
    Department of Statistics and Modelling Science, University of Strathclyde, and Medical Research Council, Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge CB2 2SR, UK
    Br J Psychiatry 192:446-9. 2008
  6. ncbi request reprint Prescribing sentence: time for evidence-based justice
    Sheila M Bird
    Medical Research Council Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge, UK and Department of Statistics and Modelling Science, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
    Lancet 364:1457-9. 2004
  7. ncbi request reprint Attributable testing for abnormal prion protein, database linkage, and blood-borne vCJD risks
    Sheila M Bird
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Institute of Public Health, University Forvie Site, Cambridge CB2 2SR, UK
    Lancet 364:1362-4. 2004
  8. doi request reprint Survival and re-operation rates after neurosurgical procedures in Scotland: implications for targeted surveillance of sub-clinical variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
    Sheila M Bird
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge, UK
    Neuroepidemiology 33:1-11. 2009
  9. ncbi request reprint Drug-related deaths by region, sex, and age group per 100 injecting drug users in Scotland, 2000-01
    Sheila M Bird
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge, UK
    Lancet 362:941-4. 2003
  10. ncbi request reprint European Union's rapid TSE testing in adult cattle and sheep: implementation and results in 2001 and 2002
    Sheila M Bird
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge, UK
    Stat Methods Med Res 12:261-78. 2003

Detail Information

Publications33

  1. doi request reprint Missing targets on drugs-related deaths, and a Scottish paradox
    Sheila M Bird
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Medical Research Council, Robinson Way, Cambridge, England G1 1XH, United Kingdom
    Int J Drug Policy 21:155-9. 2010
    ..Targets for reducing DRDs should pay heed to UK's injector epidemics...
  2. ncbi request reprint Military fatality rates (by cause) in Afghanistan and Iraq: a measure of hostilities
    Sheila M Bird
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge CB2 2SR
    Int J Epidemiol 36:841-6. 2007
    ..Military fatalities occur in clusters, and causes differ between theatres of operation or within-theatre over time...
  3. ncbi request reprint Random mandatory drugs testing of prisoners
    Sheila M Bird
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge CB2 2SR, UK
    Lancet 365:1451-2. 2005
  4. ncbi request reprint Military and public-health sciences need to ally
    Sheila M Bird
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge CB2 2 sR, UK
    Lancet 364:1831-3. 2004
  5. doi request reprint Changes in male suicides in Scottish prisons: 10-year study
    Sheila M Bird
    Department of Statistics and Modelling Science, University of Strathclyde, and Medical Research Council, Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge CB2 2SR, UK
    Br J Psychiatry 192:446-9. 2008
    ..In 1999 I estimated the expected number of UK prison suicides, taking into account that opioid users' deaths from suicide were 10 times the number expected for their age and gender. Changes have since taken place in Scottish prisons...
  6. ncbi request reprint Prescribing sentence: time for evidence-based justice
    Sheila M Bird
    Medical Research Council Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge, UK and Department of Statistics and Modelling Science, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
    Lancet 364:1457-9. 2004
  7. ncbi request reprint Attributable testing for abnormal prion protein, database linkage, and blood-borne vCJD risks
    Sheila M Bird
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Institute of Public Health, University Forvie Site, Cambridge CB2 2SR, UK
    Lancet 364:1362-4. 2004
    ..In Switzerland, surveillance for subclinical vCJD includes unconsented testing in autopsies: consented testing of tonsillar tissue is potentially attributable to interrupt human-to-human vCJD transmission or treat it...
  8. doi request reprint Survival and re-operation rates after neurosurgical procedures in Scotland: implications for targeted surveillance of sub-clinical variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
    Sheila M Bird
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge, UK
    Neuroepidemiology 33:1-11. 2009
    ..To assess the feasibility of post-mortem surveillance for subclinical variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) at least 5 years after neurosurgical procedures...
  9. ncbi request reprint Drug-related deaths by region, sex, and age group per 100 injecting drug users in Scotland, 2000-01
    Sheila M Bird
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge, UK
    Lancet 362:941-4. 2003
    ..We assessed the effect of region, sex, and age group on drug-related deaths in Scotland per 100 injecting drug users...
  10. ncbi request reprint European Union's rapid TSE testing in adult cattle and sheep: implementation and results in 2001 and 2002
    Sheila M Bird
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge, UK
    Stat Methods Med Res 12:261-78. 2003
    ..This paper details Europe's quantitative evolution in TSE surveillance...
  11. ncbi request reprint UK statistical indifference to its military casualties in Iraq
    Sheila M Bird
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge CB2 2SR, UK
    Lancet 367:713-5. 2006
  12. pmc Mortality of those who attended drug services in Scotland 1996-2006: record-linkage study
    Elizabeth L C Merrall
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Robinson Way, Cambridge CB2 0SR, United Kingdom
    Int J Drug Policy 23:24-32. 2012
    ..We examine major causes of death amongst persons in contact with drug-treatment services across Scotland during April 1996-March 2006, hereafter Scottish Drug Misuse Database (SDMD) cohort...
  13. doi request reprint Hospitalisation for an alcohol-related cause among injecting drug users in Scotland: increased risk following diagnosis with hepatitis C infection
    Scott A McDonald
    Health Protection Scotland, Clifton House, Clifton Place, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
    Int J Drug Policy 22:63-9. 2011
    ..To investigate the extent of alcohol use in IDUs, we used hospitalisation with an alcohol-related diagnosis as an indicator for problematic consumption levels, and compared admission rates pre- and post-HCV diagnosis...
  14. doi request reprint Association of self-reported alcohol use and hospitalization for an alcohol-related cause in Scotland: a record-linkage study of 23,183 individuals
    Scott A McDonald
    Health Protection Scotland, Clifton House, Clifton Place, Glasgow, UK
    Addiction 104:593-602. 2009
    ..To investigate the extent to which self-reported alcohol consumption level in the Scottish population is associated with first-time hospital admission for an alcohol-related cause...
  15. ncbi request reprint Male drugs-related deaths in the fortnight after release from prison: Scotland, 1996-99
    Sheila M Bird
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Robinson Way, Cambridge CB2 2SR, UK
    Addiction 98:185-90. 2003
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  16. doi request reprint A record-linkage study of drug-related death and suicide after hospital discharge among drug-treatment clients in Scotland, 1996-2006
    Elizabeth L C Merrall
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge, UK
    Addiction 108:377-84. 2013
    ..To investigate the relationship between time after hospital discharge and drug-related death (DRD) and suicide among drug users in Scotland, while controlling for potential confounders...
  17. pmc Meta-analysis of drug-related deaths soon after release from prison
    Elizabeth L C Merrall
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge, UK
    Addiction 105:1545-54. 2010
    ..For precise, up-to-date understanding of these risks, a meta-analysis was conducted on the risk of drug-related death in weeks 1 + 2 and 3 + 4 compared with later 2-week periods in the first 12 weeks after release from prison...
  18. ncbi request reprint Event-biased referral can distort estimation of hepatitis C virus progression rate to cirrhosis, and of prognostic influences
    Bo Fu
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Robinson Way, Institute of Public Health, University Forvie Site Robinson Way, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK
    J Clin Epidemiol 60:1140-8. 2007
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  19. doi request reprint Re-weighted inference about hepatitis C virus-infected communities when analysing diagnosed patients referred to liver clinics
    Bo Fu
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge, UK
    Stat Methods Med Res 18:303-20. 2009
    ..The results obtained are compared to those from a Weibull survival analysis which ignores the selection bias...
  20. ncbi request reprint Modeling the current and future disease burden of hepatitis C among injection drug users in Scotland
    Sharon J Hutchinson
    Health Protection Scotland, Glasgow, UK
    Hepatology 42:711-23. 2005
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  21. doi request reprint A population-based record linkage study of mortality in hepatitis C-diagnosed persons with or without HIV coinfection in Scotland
    Scott A McDonald
    Health Protection Scotland, Glasgow, United Kingdom
    Stat Methods Med Res 18:271-83. 2009
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  22. doi request reprint A statistical perspective on the design of drug-court studies
    Elizabeth L C Merrall
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Eval Rev 33:257-80. 2009
    ..The specific issues covered are randomization, describing the intervention, and baseline characteristics; study outcomes, and sample size calculations; in-program and postprogram behavior, analysis plan, and presentation of results...
  23. ncbi request reprint Review of models used to predict the future numbers of individuals with severe hepatitis C disease: therapeutic and cost implications
    Sharon J Hutchinson
    Health Protection Scotland, Clifton House, Clifton Place, Glasgow G3 7LN, UK and Department of Statistics and Modelling Science, University of Strathclyde, UK
    Expert Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes Res 6:627-39. 2006
    ..In this article, the authors review published forecasting studies to examine the different methods adopted and results produced...
  24. doi request reprint Exploring methods to investigate sentencing decisions
    Elizabeth L C Merrall
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, University of Cambridge, Robinson Way, Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Eval Rev 34:185-219. 2010
    ..The strengths and weaknesses of each approach are compared and discussed...
  25. pmc The impact of study size on meta-analyses: examination of underpowered studies in Cochrane reviews
    Rebecca M Turner
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Institute of Public Health, Cambridge, United Kingdom
    PLoS ONE 8:e59202. 2013
    ..We examine the distribution of power available in studies within meta-analyses published in Cochrane reviews, and investigate the impact of underpowered studies on meta-analysis results...
  26. doi request reprint Minimum dataset needed for confirmed human H5N1 cases
    Sheila M Bird
    MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge CB2 0SR, UK
    Lancet 372:696-7. 2008
  27. ncbi request reprint Prior information in behavioral capture-recapture methods: demographic influences on drug injectors' propensity to be listed in data sources and their drug-related mortality
    Ruth King
    Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, United Kingdom
    Am J Epidemiol 162:694-703. 2005
    ..The authors recommend that demographic influences be accommodated in behavioral capture-recapture estimation, especially when it is a prelude to secondary analysis, such as the analysis of drug-related death rates presented here...
  28. ncbi request reprint Suicide in recently released prisoners
    Sheila M Bird
    Lancet 368:1492-3; author reply 1493. 2006
  29. ncbi request reprint NICE judgment: good law risks bad science
    Sheila M Bird
    Lancet Neurol 6:843-4. 2007
  30. ncbi request reprint Sudden rise in uptake of hepatitis B vaccination among injecting drug users associated with a universal vaccine programme in prisons
    Sharon J Hutchinson
    Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health, Clifton House, Clifton Place, Glasgow G3 7LN, UK
    Vaccine 23:210-4. 2004
    ..Our results indicate that the universal offer of vaccination to all prisoners, within two years of the initiative's implementation, has had a dramatic impact on uptake among IDUs...
  31. pmc Recipients of blood or blood products "at vCJD risk"
    Sheila M Bird
    BMJ 328:118-9. 2004
  32. ncbi request reprint Influence of alcohol on the progression of hepatitis C virus infection: a meta-analysis
    Sharon J Hutchinson
    Health Protection Scotland, Clifton House, Clifton Place, Glasgow G3 7LN, Scotland, UK
    Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 3:1150-9. 2005
    ..The aim was to perform a meta-analysis to quantify the effect of alcohol on cirrhosis risk among persons infected with HCV...