Health Services Research; Evidence Based Health Care; Innovation; Horizon Scanning; Diffusion and Uptake of New Health Technologies; New Pharmaceuticals; Health Technology Assessment; Communicable Disease Control; Surveillance; Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV
CURRENT RESEARCH ACTIVITY
Derek Ward’s current research interests include the development, marketing, diffusion, and uptake of new technologies; the evaluation of horizon scanning methods, processes, and outputs; future horizons; and international activities in the field.
He is involved in projects to explore the relationship between burden of disease and innovation in health technologies (pharmaceuticals, devices, diagnostics, and procedures) in developed world health systems; identifying and characterising trends in pharmaceutical innovation rates and cost inflation across different disease areas; the accuracy of methods used to predict the future of health services; the development and commercialisation of new point of care tests; and the changing evidence requirements for the introduction of new technologies.
PREVIOUS RESEARCH ACTIVITY
Health technology assessment
Derek previously undertook a systematic review and meta-analysis of the effectiveness of behavioural interventions in reducing STIs in genitourinary medicine clinic patients on behalf of the West Midlands Health Technology Assessment Collaboration (WMHTAC), and acted as clinical adviser to WMHTAC project considering the role of probiotics in the prevention of antibiotic associated diarrhoea. He also contributed to the monograph series ‘New Drugs in Clinical Development’ produced by the National Prescribing Centre, Liverpool.
Sexually transmitted infections and HIV:
Derek undertook research on patterns of sexually transmitted infection in older age groups, patterns of chlamydia testing and results using routine surveillance and laboratory data, and used epidemiological methods to describe the evolution and subsequent control of a syphilis outbreak in the UK.
Derek also conducted a two-year project recruiting 162 children from five primary schools across Birmingham and Sandwell into an air pollution panel study. This compared day to day changes in the children’s’ respiratory health over twelve weeks with levels of particulate and gaseous pollutants and specific acid and anion species using a time series multilevel modelling approach.