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Dr David Culliford MSc, PhD

Senior Medical Statistician

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David Culliford is a Senior Medical Statistician within the School of Health Sciences, University of Southampton. David works in the Data Science Hub which is part of NIHR CLAHRC Wessex, providing statistical consultancy services to all CLAHRC Wessex researchers. David’s publications cover several clinical specialties and his research often uses large electronic health databases with a complex structure. David’s methodological interests include survival analysis, with a particular focus on methods which deal with missing data.

Don’t forget to check whether your statistical methods have assumptions. There is rarely such a thing as a free lunch in the world of statistics!

David Culliford completed an MSc in Medical Statistics from the University of Southampton in 2003 and subsequently completed a PhD in the statistics and epidemiology of total joint replacement surgery. He has worked as a statistician at Southampton for over ten years, firstly as a methodological researcher within the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute (S3RI) and since 2007 working in medical statistician in the Faculties of Medicine and Health Sciences.

While working in S3RI, David worked on a research project exploring non-response in small area estimation using census-linked survey data.

Throughout his spell with the Faculty of Medicine, David worked mainly as an applied statistician in several disease areas, but mainly in the rheumatic diseases.

His current role is split between statistical consultancy/advice and analytical work and he has particular expertise in descriptive epidemiology using large general practice databases. Although his outputs are predominantly applied, he has methodological interests in survival analysis and multiple imputation.

David has latterly been acting as deputy to the director of the Data Science Hub, Dr Thomas Monks.

David holds an honorary position as a medical statistician a the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford.

Research interests

Honorary medical statistician - Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford

Research group

Health Workforce & Systems

Research theme

Health Work

Research project(s)

The Hampshire Acute Kidney Injury Study

Consequences, costs and cost-effectiveness of different workforce configurations in English acute hospitals: a longitudinal retrospective study using routinely collected data

This study seeks to understand how variation in the size and make-up of care teams on hospital wards in England influences patient outcomes and the costs of care.

MOTH Project 3: Service evaluation of exercise referral schemes (Southampton (Falls) & Winchester (Stroke) schemes)

Exercise referral schemes (ERS) provide group-based activity for people with a health condition or at risk of developing a condition. This project uses a protocol developed by the MOTH Programme to evaluate such schemes.

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Dr David Culliford
Dr David Culliford
NIHR CLAHRC Data Science Hub
School of Health Sciences
University of Southampton
Southampton General Hospital (Room AA71, MP11)
Southampton SO16 6YD
Tel + 44 (0) 23 8120 8117

Room Number : 2 Venture Rd/Research Hub, NIHR ARC Wessex

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