From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

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Staff Member Biography

Hilary Thomson

Hilary Thomsonposition: Senior Investigator Scientist

Contact Details

email:
phone: 0141 353 7518

Address

MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit,
University of Glasgow,
Top floor,
200, Renfield Street
Glasgow
G2 3QB

Biography and Interests

Hilary joined the unit in 1999 to work on the newly established evaluation programme. Hilary has a Bachelor of Nursing and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Glasgow. Her PhD comprised a collection of her peer reviewed publications within the field of developing evidence for healthy public policy. Hilary's general research interests are around gathering and translating research  evidence to inform healthy public policy.  Her work has focussed on assessing the health and socio-economic impacts of housing improvement and area based regeneration investment, as well as transport, employment, and welfare interventions.

Hilary's work spans a wide range of methodologies including the use of qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate community interventions. Most recently she has developed methods to manage and promote transparency of narrative synthesis of complex interventions.  Hilary is an editor with the Cochrane Public Health Review Group.

Publications

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Foley L, Prins R, Crawford F, Humphreys D, Mitchell R, Sahlqvist S, Thomson H, Ogilvie D. Effects of living near an urban motorway on the wellbeing of local residents in deprived areas: natural experimental study. PLoS ONE [in press]

2016

Campbell M, Thomson H, Fenton C, Gibson M. Lone parents, health, wellbeing and welfare to work: a systematic review of qualitative studies. BMC Public Health 2016;16:188

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Skivington K, Vojt G, Thomson H, Fenton C, Campbell M, Sweeting H. Systematic literature review of interventions to improve health, happiness and wellbeing in the transition from adolescence to adulthood [systematic review protocol]. MRC/CSO Public and Health Sciences Unit, 2016

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Thomson H. Commentary on Current use was established and Cochrane guidance on selection of social theories for systematic reviews of complex interventions was developed, Noyes J, Hendry M, Booth A, Chandler J, Lewin S, Glenton C, et al. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2016;75:78-92 [commentary]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016 2016;10 (Suppl 1):11-12

Vojt G, Thomson H, Campbell M, Fenton C, Sweeting H, McQueen J, Skivington K. Health, happiness and wellbeing for adolescents transitioning to adulthood: a systematic review of individual-level interventions for adolescents from vulnerable groups. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Occasional paper no. 26, Glasgow, 2016

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2015

Brown J, Neary J, Katikireddi SV, Thomson H, McQuaid R, Leyland AH, Frank J, Kiran S, Macdonald EB. Protocol for a mixed-methods longitudinal study to identify factors influencing return to work in the over 50s participating in the UK Work Programme: Supporting Older People into Employment (SOPIE). BMJ Open 2015;5:e010525

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Campbell M, Thomson H, Katikireddi SV, Sowden A. Assessing reporting of narrative synthesis of quantitative data in public health systematic reviews [protocol]. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow, 2015

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Francis D, Turley R, Thomson H, Weightman A, Waters E, Moore L. Supporting the needs of public health decision-makers and review authors in the UK. Journal of Public Health 2015;37:172-174

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Gupta M, Menon GR, Devkar G, Thomson H. Regulatory and road engineering interventions for preventing road traffic injuries and fatalities among vulnerable (non-motorised and motorised two-wheel) road users in low- and middle-income countries [Protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015;1:CD011495

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Thomson H, Thomas S. Developing empirically supported theories of change for housing investment and health. Social Science & Medicine 2015;124:205-214

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2014

Centre for Reviews & Dissemination . Housing improvement and home safety. Effectiveness matters 2014;November

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Donaldson C, Roy M, Hill-O'Connor C, Biosca O, Baker R, Kay A, Gillespie M, Godwin J, Morgan A, Skelton D, Stewart J, Anderson I, Docherty C, Fulford H, Munoz S, Teasdale S, Thomson H. Global issues, local solutions: rethinking wealth and health through the lens of social enteprise. Yunus Centre for Social Business & Health, Glasgow Caledonian University HEWPS Number: 201402, Glasgow, 2014

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Lorenc T, Petticrew M, Whitehead M, Neary D, Clayton S, Wright K, Thomson H, Cummins S, Sowden A, Renton A. Crime, fear of crime and mental health: synthesis of theory and systematic reviews of interventions and qualitative evidence. Public Health Research 2014;2:1-424

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2013

Fenwick E, MacDonald C, Thomson H. Economic analysis of the health impacts of housing improvement studies: a systematic review. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2013;67:835-45

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Lorenc T, Petticrew M, Whitehead M, Neary D, Clayton S, Wright K, Thomson H, Cummins S, Sowden A, Renton A. Environmental interventions to reduce fear of crime: systematic review of effectiveness. Systematic Reviews 2013;2:30

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Lorenc T, Petticrew M, Whitehead M, Neary D, Clayton S, Wright K, Thomson H, Cummins S, Sowden A, Renton A. Fear of crime and the environment: systematic review of UK qualitative evidence. BMC Public Health 2013;13:496

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Thomson H, Macdonald C, Higgins M, Palmer S, Douglas M. Health Impact Assessment of housing improvements: a guide. Glasgow, 2013

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Thomson H, Thomas S, Sellström E, Petticrew M. Housing improvements for health and associated socio-economic outcomes: a systematic review. Campbell Systematic Reviews, 2013

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Thomson H, Thomas S, Sellstrom E, Petticrew M. Housing improvements for health and associated socio-economic outcomes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013;2:CD008657

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Thomson H, Thomas S. The effect direction plot: visual display of non-standardised effects across multiple outcome domains. Research Synthesis Methods 2013;4:95–101

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Thomson H. Improving utility of evidence synthesis for healthy public policy: the three Rs (relevance, rigor, and readability (and resources)). American Journal of Public Health 2013;103:e17-e23

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2012

Burford BJ, Rehfuess E, Schünemann HJ, Akl EA, Waters E, Armstrong R, Thomson H, Doyle J, Pettman T. Assessing evidence in public health: the added value of GRADE. Journal of Public Health 2012;34:631-635

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Buston K, Parkes A, Thomson H, Wight D, Fenton C. Parenting interventions for male young offenders: a review of evidence on what works. Journal of Adolescence 2012;35:731-742

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Gibson M, Thomson H, Banas K, Bambra C, Fenton C, Bond L. Welfare to work interventions and their effects on health and well-being of lone parents and their children [protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012:CD009820

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Lorenc T, Clayton S, Neary D, Whitehead M, Petticrew M, Thomson H, Cummins S, Sowden A, Renton A. Crime, fear of crime, environment, and mental health and wellbeing: mapping review of theories and causal pathways. Health & Place 2012;18:757-765

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Thomson H, Thomas S. External validity in healthy public policy: application of the RE-AIM tool to the field of housing improvement. BMC Public Health 2012;12:633

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2011

Gibson M, Banas K, Thomson H, Bambra C, Bond L, McKee MJ, Lutje V, Fenton C. Welfare to work interventions and their effects on the health and well-being of lone parents and their children. Chief Scientist's Office, Edinburgh, 2011

Gibson M, Thomson H, Kearns A, Petticrew M. Understanding the psychosocial impacts of housing type: qualitative evidence from a housing and regeneration intervention. Housing Studies 2011;26:555-73

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Thomson H. Housing improvements and their health effects . In: Braubach M , Jacobs DE , Ormandy D , editors WHO environmental burden of disease associated with inadequate housing. Bonn, Germany: WHO European Office, 2011:179-195.

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2010

Aston E, Thomson H, Scoular A, Kearns A. Evaluation of GHA’s youth diversionary programme: final Report. MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit/GoWell Report, Glasgow, 2010

Bond L, Craig P, Egan M, Skivington K, Thomson H. Health improvement programmes: really too complex to evaluate? [letter]. BMJ 2010;340ID - 615:c1332

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Bond L, Craig P, Egan M, Skivington K, Thomson H. MRC guidelines and the evaluation of health improvement programmes: are health improvement programmes really too complex to assess their effectiveness? [rapid response]. BMJ 2010;340ID - 614:c185

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Egan M, Beck S, Bond L, Coyle J, Crawford F, Kearns A, Lawson L, Mason M, Tannahill C, Sautkina E, Thomson H, Walsh D, on behalf of the GoWell Team. Protocol for a mixed methods study investigating the impact of investment in housing, regeneration and neighbourhood renewal on the health and wellbeing of residents: the GoWell programme. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2010;10:41.

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McCartney G, Thomas S, Thomson H, Scott J, Hamilton V, Hanlon P, Morrison D S, Bond L. The health and socioeconomic impacts of major multi-sport events: systematic review (1978-2008). BMJ 2010;340:c2369

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Skivington K, McCartney G, Thomson H, Bond L. Challenges in evaluating Welfare to Work policy interventions: would an RCT design have been the answer to all our problems?. BMC Public Health 2010;10:254

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Thomson H, Thomas S, Sellstrom E, Petticrew M. Housing improvements for health and associated socio-economic outcomes [protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010;9:CD008657

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2009

McCartney G, Thomas S, Thomson H, Scott J, Hamilton V, Hanlon P, Morrison D, Bond L. A systematic review of the impact of major sports events on host populations [Interim findings report to key stakeholders]. Glasgow, 2009

Thomson H, Thomas Sian, Sellstrom E, Petticrew M. The health impacts of housing improvement: a systematic review of intervention studies from 1887 to 2007. American Journal of Public Health 2009;99:S681-S692

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Thomson H. Developing best available evidence to inform healthy public policy [PhD], MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow 2009.

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2008

Cummins S, Findlay A, Higgins C, Petticrew M, Sparks L, Thomson H. Reducing inequalities in health and diet: findings from a study on the impact of a food retail development. Environment and Planning A 2008;40:402-422

Gibson M, Thomson H, Petticrew M, Kearns A. Health and housing in the SHARP study: qualitative research findings. Edinburgh, 2008

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Petticrew M, Egan M, Thomson H, Hamilton V, Kunkler R, Roberts H. Publication bias in qualitative research: what becomes of qualitative research presented at conferences?. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2008;62:552-554

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Thomson H, Jepson R, Hurley F, Douglas M. Assessing the unintended health impacts of road transport policies and interventions: translating research evidence for use in policy and practice. BMC Public Health 2008;8:339

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Thomson H. A dose of realism for healthy urban policy: lessons from area based initiatives in the UK. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2008;62:932-36

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Thomson H. Assessing the health impacts of housing-led neighbourhood renewal [commentary]. British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA) 2008;2:19-20

Thomson H. HIA forecast: cloudy with sunny spells later? [viewpoint]. European Journal of Public Health 2008;18:436-8

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2007

Douglas M, Thomson H, (eds.). Health Impact Assessment of transport initiatives: a guide. NHS Health Scotland, MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, Institute of Occupational Medicine, Edinburgh, 2007

Egan M, Bambra C, Thomas S, Petticrew M, Whitehead M, Thomson H. The psychosocial and health effects of workplace reorganisation 1: a systematic review of organisational-level interventions that aim to increase employee control. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2007;61:945-954

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Thomson H, Morrison D S, Petticrew M. Better homes, better neighbourhoods [gallery]. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2007;61:214

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Thomson H, Morrison D S, Petticrew M. The health impacts of housing-led regeneration: a prospective controlled study. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2007;61:211-214

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Thomson H, Petticrew M. Housing and health: heating improvements may hold promise for developing healthy housing policy [editorial]. BMJ 2007;334:434-5

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2006

Atkinson R, Thomson H, Kearns A, Petticrew M. Giving urban policy its 'medical': assessing the place of health in area-based regeneration. Policy & Politics 2006;34:5-26

Thomson H, Atkinson R, Petticrew M, Kearns A. Do urban regeneration programmes improve public health and reduce health inequalities? A synthesis of the evidence from UK policy and practice (1980-2004). Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2006;60:108-115

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Thomson H, Kearns A. GoWell Working Paper 6 : assessing neighbourhood environments. Glasgow, 2006

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Thomson H, Morrison D S, Petticrew M. Housing improvement and health: report to local housing providers and tenants. MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow, 2006

2005

Thomson H, Petticrew M. Is housing improvement a potential health improvement strategy?. Geneva, 2005

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2004

McConnachie A, Wilson P, Thomson H, Ross S, Watson R, Muirhead P. Modelling consultation rates in infancy: influence of maternal and infant characteristics, feeding type and consultation history. British Journal of General Practice 2004;54:598-603

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Morrison DS, Thomson H, Petticrew M. An evaluation of the health effects of a neighbourhood traffic calming scheme. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2004;58:837-840

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Petticrew M, Macintyre S, Thomson H. Evidence and Health Impact Assessment. In: Kemm J, Parry J, Palmer S, editors Health impact assessment. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004:71-80.

Scott A, Simoems A, Heaney D, O'Donnell CA, Thomson H, Moffat K, Ross S, Drummond N. What does GP out of hours care cost? An analysis of different models of out of hours care in Scotland. Scottish Medical Journal 2004;49:61-6

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Thomson H, Hoskins R, Petticrew M, Ogilvie D, Craig N, Quinn T, Lindsay G. Evaluating the health effects of social interventions. BMJ 2004;328:282-285

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Thomson H, Kearns A, Petticrew M. An open and shut case: an investigation of the health impacts of local public swimming pool provision in two Glasgow neighbourhoods. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Occasional paper no. 13, Glasgow, 2004

Thomson H, Petticrew M. Assessing the health and social effects on residents following housing improvement: a protocol for a systematic review of intervention studies. Campbell Collaboration Systematic Review Protocol Meeting 2004

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2003

Douglas M, Thomson H, Gaughan M. Health Impact Assessment of housing improvements: a guide. Scottish Health Impact Assessment Network and MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow, 2003

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Morrison D, Petticrew M, Thomson H. What are the most effective ways of improving population health through transport interventions? Evidence from systematic reviews. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2003;57:327-333

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Morrison D, Thomson H, Petticrew M. Effects of disseminating research findings on response rates in a community survey: a randomised controlled trial. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2003;57:536-537

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Thomson H, Kearns A, Petticrew M. Assessing the health impact of local amenities: a qualitative study of contrasting experiences of local swimming pool and leisure provision in two areas of Glasgow. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2003;57:663-667

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Thomson H, O'Donnell K, Heaney D, Moffat K, Ross S, Scott A, Drummond N. Unity or diversity? Recent developments in the organisation of out-of-hours general medical services in Scotland. Primary Care Research and Development 2003:193-205

Thomson H, Petticrew M, Douglas M. Health Impact Assessment of housing improvements: incorporating research evidence. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2003;57:11-16

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2002

Thomson H, Ross S, Wilson P, McConnachie A, Watson R. Mothers' use of and attitudes to Baby Check. British Journal of General Practice 2002;52:314-16

Thomson H. Community amenities: a neglected health resource? [gallery]. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2002;56:81

2001

Heaney D, O'Donnell K, Scott T, Drummond N, Ross S, Moffat K, Paxton F, Thomson H. A comparison of models of delivery of out of hours general medical services in Scotland. Edinburgh, 2001

Morrison D, Petticrew M, Thomson H. Health Impact Assessment and beyond. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2001;55:219-220

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Thomson H, Petticrew M, Morrison D. Housing improvement and health gain: a summary and systematic review. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Occasional paper no. 5, Glasgow, 2001

Thomson H, Petticrew M, Morrison D. Improving housing, improving health: the potential to develop evidence based healthy housing policy. Evidence-Based Policies & Indicator Systems: 3rd International Inter-disciplinary Biennial Conference, Durham, 2001

Thomson H, Petticrew M, Morrison D. Health effects of housing improvement: systematic review of intervention studies. BMJ 2001;323:187-190

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