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

Chris Patterson

position: Research Assistant

Contact Details

phone: 0141 353 7631


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

Biography and Interests

Chris joined the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit as a research assistant in 2011. His research concerns public understandings of health issues, debates and research, with a focus on media analysis. Topics of research include: obesity; immunisation; eating disorders; alcohol pricing; binge drinking; tobacco free legislation; and e-cigarette regulation. Chris works on Understanding Health Research, a web tool designed to guide non-scientists through the process of reading, understanding and evaluating health research.

Find Chris on ORCIDGoogle Scholar and Twitter.



Patterson C, Emslie C, Mason O, Fergie G, Hilton S. A content analysis of UK newspaper and online news representations of women’s and men’s ‘binge’ drinking: a challenge for communicating evidence-based messages about single-episodic drinking?. BMJ Open 2016;6:e013124

open access  

Patterson C, Hilton S, Weishaar H. Who thinks what about e-cigarette regulation? A content analysis of UK newspapers. Addiction 2016;111:1267-74

open access  


Maclean A, Sweeting H, Walker L, Paterson C, Räisänen U, Hunt K. 'It’s not healthy and it’s decidedly not masculine': a media analysis of UK newspaper representations of eating disorders in males. BMJ Open 2015;5

open access  

Patterson C, Katikireddi SV, Wood K, Hilton S. Representations of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in UK newspapers: a case study of a public health policy debate. Journal of Public Health 2015;37:40-9

open access  

Patterson C, McDaid LM, Hilton S. Gay and bisexual men’s perceptions of the donation and use of human biological samples for research: a qualitative study. PLoS One 2015;10:e0129924

open access  

Patterson C, Semple S, Wood K, Duffy S, Hilton S. A quantitative content analysis of UK newsprint coverage of proposed legislation to prohibit smoking in private vehicles carrying children. BMC Public Health 2015;15:760

open access  

Sweeting H, Walker L, MacLean A, Patterson C, Räisänen U, Hunt K. Prevalence of eating disorders in males: a review of rates reported in academic research and UK mass media. International Journal of Men's Health 2015;14


Hilton S, Wood K, Bain J, Patterson C, Duffy S, Semple S. Newsprint coverage of smoking in cars carrying children: a case study of public and scientific opinion driving the policy debate. BMC Public Health 2014;14:1116

open access  

Hilton S, Wood K, Patterson C, Katikireddi SV. Implications for alcohol minimum unit pricing advocacy: what can we learn for public health from UK newsprint coverage of key claim-makers in the policy debate?. Social Science & Medicine 2014;102:157–164

open access  

Wood K, Patterson C, Katikireddi SV, Hilton S. Harms to ‘others’ from alcohol consumption in the minimum unit pricing policy debate: a qualitative content analysis of UK newspapers (2005-2012). Addiction 2014;109:578–584



Hilton S, Patterson C, Smith E, Bedford H, Hunt K. Teenagers' understandings of and attitudes towards vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases: a qualitative study. Vaccine 2013;31:2543–2550

open access  

Patterson C, Hilton S. Normalisation and stigmatisation of obesity in UK newspapers: a visual content analysis. The Open Obesity Journal 2013;5:82-91

open access  


Hilton S, Patterson C, Teyhan A. Escalating coverage of obesity in UK newspapers: the evolution and framing of the ‘obesity epidemic’ from 1996 to 2010. Obesity 2012;20:1688-1695

pubmed  open access