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Dr Ben Hudson

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

Darlow, B., Brown, M., Thompson, B., Hudson, B., Grainger, R., McKinlay, E., & Abbott, J. H. (2018). Living with osteoarthritis is a balancing act: An exploration of patients' beliefs about. BMC Rheumatology, 2, 15. doi: 10.1186/s41927-018-0023-x

Treharne, G. J., Richardson, A. C., Neha, T., Fanning, N., Janes, R., Hudson, B., … Pitama, S., & Stamp, L. K. (2018). Education preferences of people with gout: Exploring differences between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples from rural and urban locations. Arthritis Care & Research, 70(2), 260-267. doi: 10.1002/acr.23272

Rolston, C. J., Conner, T. S., Stamp, L. K., Neha, T., Pitama, S., Fanning, N., … Hudson, B., Hegarty, R. M., & Treharne, G. J. (2018). Improving gout education from patients’ perspectives: A focus group study of Māori and Pākehā people with gout. Journal of Primary Health Care, 10(3), 194-200. doi: 10.1071/HC18010

Bagshaw, P., & Hudson, B. (2018). Unmet health-care need. Journal of Primary Health Care, 10(2), 179-180. doi: 10.1071/HC18009

Darlow, B., Brown, M., Lennox Thompson, B., Hudson, B., Grainger, R., McKinlay, E., & Abbott, H. (2018). Living with osteoarthritis is a balancing act: An exploration of beliefs about knee pain in people with osteoarthritis. Proceedings of the Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference. (pp. 53-54). Retrieved from https://pnz.org.nz/conference

Journal - Research Article

Darlow, B., Brown, M., Thompson, B., Hudson, B., Grainger, R., McKinlay, E., & Abbott, J. H. (2018). Living with osteoarthritis is a balancing act: An exploration of patients' beliefs about. BMC Rheumatology, 2, 15. doi: 10.1186/s41927-018-0023-x

Rolston, C. J., Conner, T. S., Stamp, L. K., Neha, T., Pitama, S., Fanning, N., … Hudson, B., Hegarty, R. M., & Treharne, G. J. (2018). Improving gout education from patients’ perspectives: A focus group study of Māori and Pākehā people with gout. Journal of Primary Health Care, 10(3), 194-200. doi: 10.1071/HC18010

Treharne, G. J., Richardson, A. C., Neha, T., Fanning, N., Janes, R., Hudson, B., … Pitama, S., & Stamp, L. K. (2018). Education preferences of people with gout: Exploring differences between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples from rural and urban locations. Arthritis Care & Research, 70(2), 260-267. doi: 10.1002/acr.23272

Bagshaw, P., Bagshaw, S., Frampton, C., Gauld, R., Green, T., Harris, C., Hornblow, A., Hudson, B., … Toop, L. (2017). Pilot study of methods for assessing unmet secondary health care need in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1452), 23-38. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Christie, C., Bidwell, S., Copeland, A., & Hudson, B. (2017). Self-care of Canterbury general practitioners, nurse practitioners, practice nurses and community pharmacists. Journal of Primary Health Care, 9(4), 286-291. doi: 10.1071/HC17034

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.

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

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., 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

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., 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

Lunt, H., & Hudson, B. (2017). Metformin: A golden oldie. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1465), 9-11. Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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

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

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., 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

Bagshaw, P., & Hudson, B. (2018). Unmet health-care need. Journal of Primary Health Care, 10(2), 179-180. doi: 10.1071/HC18009

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

Hudson, B. (2010). Vitamin-B12-mangel. Praxis, 99(23), 1435-1436. doi: 10.1024/1661-8157/a000315

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

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Darlow, B., Brown, M., Lennox Thompson, B., Hudson, B., Grainger, R., McKinlay, E., & Abbott, H. (2018). Living with osteoarthritis is a balancing act: An exploration of beliefs about knee pain in people with osteoarthritis. Proceedings of the Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference. (pp. 53-54). Retrieved from https://pnz.org.nz/conference

Stamp, L. K., Chapman, P. T., Hudson, B., Hamilton, G., & Judd, A. (2018). The challenges of managing gout in primary care: Results of a best practice audit. Arthritis & Rheumatology, 70(9, Suppl.), 1265. doi: 10.1002/art.40700

Stamp, L., Chapman, P., Hudson, B., Hamilton, G., & Judd, A. (2018). The challenges of managing gout in primary care: Results of a best practice audit. Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology, 47(Suppl. 129), (pp. 6). doi: 10.1080/03009742.2018.1487639

Darlow, B., Brown, M., Lennox Thompson, B., Hudson, B., Abbott, J., McKinlay, E., & Grainger, R. (2017). Walking a fine line (carefully): An exploration of beliefs about knee pain in people with osteoarthritis. Internal Medicine Journal, 47(Suppl. 2), (pp. 11). doi: 10.1111/imj.13426

Darlow, B., Hudson, B., McKinlay, E., Brown, M., Thompson, B., Abbott, H., & Grainger, R. (2017). Walking a fine line (carefully): An exploration of beliefs about knee pain in people with osteoarthritis. Proceedings of the Primary Health Care and General Practice Research Weekend. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/wellington/departments/primaryhealthcaregeneralpractice/research/

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/

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/

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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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Hudson, B., Williman, J. A., Stamp, L. K., Alchin, J. S., Hooper, G. J., Mangin, D., Thompson, B. F., & Toop, L. (2018, September). Nortriptyline in knee osteoarthritis (NortIKA Study): A randomised controlled trial. Verbal presentation at the General Practice and Primary Care Research Weekend, Hanmer Springs, New Zealand.

Doogue, M., Chin, P., Simpson, C., Frew, G., Hudson, B., & Heppenstall, C. (2018, August). Recording adverse drug reactions in New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists New Zealand Section (ASCEPT-NZ) Annual Scientific Meeting, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Hudson, B. (2016, July). Over diagnosis: Too much medicine. Workshop presentation at the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) Conference for General Practice, Auckland, New Zealand.

Toop, L., Alderton, A., & Hudson, B. (2015, August). Overdiagnosis and dangerous overtreatment of irritable infants with "reflux". Verbal presentation at the George Abbott Symposium, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Hudson, B. (2013, October). Nortriptyline in knee OA: A proposal for a RCT. Verbal presentation at the Hanmer Springs Research Weekend, Hanmer Springs, New Zealand.

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