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Ben HudsonSenior Lecturer and Head of Department of General Practice

MB BS(Newcastle UK) MRCGP, FRNZCGP

Email ben.hudson@otago.ac.nz
Tel +64 3 364 3607

Research interests

Ben graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) and completed GP training in the North East of England. He has worked as a GP in Lyttelton since 2005.

His research interests are in pain management in osteoarthritis, and risk communication.

Ben is the convenor for the trainee intern general practice attachment.

In addition to his academic and clinical roles, Ben is the clinical leader for education and a member of the clinical board at Pegasus Health.

Student supervision

2012

Nicola Laurie, MPH  
A Pandemic and a pandemic vaccine. Primary care perspectives.
Supervisors: Cheryl Brunton and Ben Hudson

2017-18

Aaspreet Boparai
Topic: Motivators for integrated primary care between general practitioners and pharmacists
Supervisor: Dr Ben Hudson and Gareth Frew
Sponsor: Pegasus Health (Charitable) Trust

2016-17

Lalitha Mukundan 
Topic: Assessment of acute chest pain in the community - A descriptive study of community cardiac troponin testing.
Supervisors: Dr Ben Hudson, Diane Bos, Dr Andrew Meads and Dr Martin Than
Sponsor: Pegasus Health (Charitable) Limited

2015-16

Sam Kennedy
Topic: Knowledge and attitudes of general practitioners and practice nurses to the Green Prescription Programme and Community Based Smoking Cessation programmes
Supervisors: Dr Ben Hudson and Dr Lynley Cook
Sponsor: Pegasus Health (Charitable) Trust

2014-15

Erika Stark 
Topic: Decision Aids for Cardiovascular Risk Management in Primary Care
Supervisors: Pip Mason and Dr Ben Hudson
Sponsor: Pegasus Health (Charitable) Ltd

2013-14

Tim Wareing
Topic: Recording of alcohol consumption in general practice; how much do we know?
Supervisors: Ben Hudson, Kim Burgess (GP),  Pip Mason
Sponsor: Pegasus Health

2012-13

Thomas Chima 
Topic: Randomised controlled trial of a consultation-based decision aid for hip fracture prevention.
Supervisors: Ben Hudson, Pip Mason
Sponsor: Pegasus Health

2011-12

Georgie Allison
Topic: Development of a decision aid for patients with osteoporosis considering pharmacological fracture prevention.
Supervisors: Ben Hudson, Pip Mason
Sponsor: Pegasus Health

2010-11

Abby Zarifeh
Topic: How effective do patients expect preventive interventions to be?
Supervisor: Ben Hudson
Sponsor: Pegasus Health

2009-10

Dru Norriss
Topic: Efficiency and reach of community dietician services within Partnership Health Canterbury.
Supervisors: Ben Hudson, Pip Mason, Michael O’Dea, Jane Cartwright
Sponsor: Partnership Health Canterbury

2008-09

Meagan McLeod
Topic: Type 2 Diabetes: Barriers to and facilitators of appropriate insulin use in General Practice.
Supervisors: Ben Hudson & Maggie Wilson
Sponsor: Pegasus Health

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Publications

Hudson, B., Williman, J. A., Stamp, L. K., Alchin, J. S., Hooper, G. J., Mangin, D., Thompson, B. F., & Toop, L. (2015). Nortriptyline in knee osteoarthritis (NortIKA Study): Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 16, 448. doi: 10.1186/s13063-015-0961-1

Parker, J. E., Hudson, B., & Wilkinson, T. J. (2014). Influences on final year medical students' attitudes to general practice as a career. Journal of Primary Health Care, 6(1), 56-63.

Hoffmann, T. C., Légaré, F., Simmons, M. B., McNamara, K., McCaffery, K., Trevena, L. J., Hudson, B., & Glaszlou, P. P. (2014). Shared decision making: What do clinicians need to know and why should they bother? Medical Journal of Australia, 201(1), 35-39. doi: 10.5694/mja14.00002

Hudson, B. (2014). CVDRA & shared decision making. Proceedings of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) Conference for General Practice: Making Connections: Are You Plugged In? Retrieved from http://www.conference.co.nz/gp14/programme

Toop, L., Hudson, B., & Alderton, A. (2014). Overdiagnosis and dangerous overtreatment of irritable infants with "reflux." A rapidly emerging non illness with a case study of an effective multi modal educational solution. Proceedings of the Second Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference. (pp. 34). Retrieved from http://www.preventingoverdiagnosis.net/

Journal - Research Article

Parker, J. E., Hudson, B., & Wilkinson, T. J. (2014). Influences on final year medical students' attitudes to general practice as a career. Journal of Primary Health Care, 6(1), 56-63.

Sanders, A. D., Stevenson, C., Pearson, J., Burt, M., McGeoch, G., Hudson, B., & Eglinton, T. W. (2013). A novel pathway for investigation of colorectal symptoms with colonoscopy or computed tomography colonography. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1382). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Hudson, B., Toop, L., Mangin, D., Brunton, C., Jennings, L., & Fletcher, L. (2013). Pandemic influenza A(H1N1)pdm09: Risk of infection in primary healthcare workers. British Journal of General Practice, 63(611), e416-e422. doi: 10.3399/bjgp13X668212

Arroll, B., Allan, G. M., Elley, C. R., Kenealy, T., McCormack, J., Hudson, B., & Hoare, K. (2012). Diagnosis in primary care: Probabilistic reasoning. Journal of Primary Health Care, 4(2), 166-173.

Hudson, B., Zarifeh, A., Young, L., & Wells, J. E. (2012). Patients' expectations of screening and preventive treatments. Annals of Family Medicine, 10(6), 495-502. doi: 10.1370/afm.1407

Hudson, B., Toop, L., Mangin, D., & Pearson, J. (2011). Risk communication methods in hip fracture prevention: A randomised trial in primary care. British Journal of General Practice, 61(589), e469-e476. doi: 10.3399/bjgp11X588439

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Journal - Research Other

Hudson, B., Williman, J. A., Stamp, L. K., Alchin, J. S., Hooper, G. J., Mangin, D., Thompson, B. F., & Toop, L. (2015). Nortriptyline in knee osteoarthritis (NortIKA Study): Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 16, 448. doi: 10.1186/s13063-015-0961-1

Hoffmann, T. C., Légaré, F., Simmons, M. B., McNamara, K., McCaffery, K., Trevena, L. J., Hudson, B., & Glaszlou, P. P. (2014). Shared decision making: What do clinicians need to know and why should they bother? Medical Journal of Australia, 201(1), 35-39. doi: 10.5694/mja14.00002

Mangin, D., Hudson, B., & Toop, L. (2012). Direct-to-consumer genetic testing: Letting the genie out of the bottle? New Zealand Medical Journal, 125(1364). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Hudson, B. (2012). Lower urinary tract symptoms and PSA testing. Journal of Primary Health Care, 4(4), 349-350. [Letter].

Hudson, B., Alderton, A., Doocey, C., Nicholson, D., Toop, L., & Day, A. S. (2012). Crying and spilling: Time to stop the overmedicalisation of normal infant behaviour. New Zealand Medical Journal, 125(1367). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Hudson, B. (2010). Vitamin B-12 deficiency. BMJ, 340, c2305. doi: 10.1136/bmj.c2305

Hudson, B. (2009). Tyneside to New Zealand [Essay]. Journal of Primary Health Care, 1(2), 154-155.

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Hudson, B. (2012). A paucity of supporting evidence. BMJ, 345, e5377. doi: 10.1136/bmj.e5377

Hudson, B. (2010). Information v promotion [Letter]. BMJ, 341, c6650. doi: 10.1136/bmj.c6650

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Hudson, B. (2014). CVDRA & shared decision making. Proceedings of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) Conference for General Practice: Making Connections: Are You Plugged In? Retrieved from http://www.conference.co.nz/gp14/programme

Hudson, B. (2014). Screening for prostate cancer in New Zealand: A policy to increase overdiagnosis: A cautionary tale and a proposal to avoid similar failures. Proceedings of the Second Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference. (pp. 44). Retrieved from http://www.preventingoverdiagnosis.net/

Toop, L., Hudson, B., & Alderton, A. (2014). Overdiagnosis and dangerous overtreatment of irritable infants with "reflux." A rapidly emerging non illness with a case study of an effective multi modal educational solution. Proceedings of the Second Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference. (pp. 34). Retrieved from http://www.preventingoverdiagnosis.net/

Toop, L., Alderton, A., Copeland, A., Hudson, B., Mangin, D., & Beresford, P. (2013). Effecting change to promote the rational use of medicines: A whole system approach: "The challenge of balancing evidence, expert opinion and patient choice". 20th WONCA World Conference: Family Medicine: Care for Generations. (pp. 196). Prague, Czech Republic: WONCA. [Abstract]

Hudson, B. (2011). Diagnostic dilemmas. Proceedings of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) Conference for General Practice. Retrieved from http://www.rnzcgp.org.nz/2011-conference-for-general-practice-speaker-presentations

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