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DSM staff profile

Dr Sharon Leitch

PositionClinical Research Training Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of General Practice and Rural Health (DSM)
QualificationsMBChB DCH PGDipGP FRNZCGP
Research summaryPatient safety in primary care, safe medicine use

Research

I am a general practitioner and an emerging researcher in the field of Patient Safety. I have been working with Professor Susan Dovey on the HRC-funded Patient Harms in New Zealand General Practices: Records Review study (HRC 14-185), which is determining the epidemiology of patient harm observable from general practice records in New Zealand. I am using the results of this study to develop and test a patient communication aid and risk assessment tool (HRC 18-031).

Publications

Leitch, S., Dovey, S. M., Samaranayaka, A., Reith, D. M., Wallis, K. A., Eggleton, K. S., … Williamson, M. I., … Tilyard, M. W. (2018). Characteristics of a stratified random sample of New Zealand general practices. Journal of Primary Health Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1071/HC17089

Young, A., Tordoff, J., Leitch, S., & Smith, A. (2018). Doctors and pharmacists provision and opinions of medicines information leaflets in New Zealand. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11096-018-0635-7

Young, A., Tordoff, J., Leitch, S., & Smith, A. (2018). Do health professionals tell patients what they want to know about their medicines? Health Education Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0017896918763679

Dovey, S. M., Leitch, S., Wallis, K. A., Eggleton, K. S., Cunningham, W. K., Williamson, M. I., … Tilyard, M. W., Reith, D. M., Samaranayaka, A., & Hall, J. E. (2017). Epidemiology of patient harms in New Zealand: Protocol of a general practice records review study. JMIR Research Protocols, 6(1), e10. doi: 10.2196/resprot.6696

Dovey, S. M., & Leitch, S. (2016). Triggering safer general practice care. BMJ Quality & Safety, 26(4), 259-260. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2016-005660

Journal - Research Article

Leitch, S., Dovey, S. M., Samaranayaka, A., Reith, D. M., Wallis, K. A., Eggleton, K. S., … Williamson, M. I., … Tilyard, M. W. (2018). Characteristics of a stratified random sample of New Zealand general practices. Journal of Primary Health Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1071/HC17089

Young, A., Tordoff, J., Leitch, S., & Smith, A. (2018). Do health professionals tell patients what they want to know about their medicines? Health Education Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0017896918763679

Young, A., Tordoff, J., Leitch, S., & Smith, A. (2018). Doctors and pharmacists provision and opinions of medicines information leaflets in New Zealand. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11096-018-0635-7

Lawless, S., White, P., Murdoch, P., & Leitch, S. (2011). (Preventing) two birds with one stone: Improving vitamin D levels in the elderly. Journal of Primary Health Care, 3(2), 150-152.

Leitch, S., & Dovey, S. (2010). Review of registration requirements for new part-time doctors in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada. Journal of Primary Health Care, 2(4), 273-280.

Jones, D. G., & Sagee, S. (2001). Xenotransplantation: Hope or delusion? Biologist, 48(3), 129-132.

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Journal - Research Other

Dovey, S. M., Leitch, S., Wallis, K. A., Eggleton, K. S., Cunningham, W. K., Williamson, M. I., … Tilyard, M. W., Reith, D. M., Samaranayaka, A., & Hall, J. E. (2017). Epidemiology of patient harms in New Zealand: Protocol of a general practice records review study. JMIR Research Protocols, 6(1), e10. doi: 10.2196/resprot.6696

Dovey, S. M., & Leitch, S. (2016). Triggering safer general practice care. BMJ Quality & Safety, 26(4), 259-260. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2016-005660

Leitch, S. (2016). New Zealand needs a Practice Based Research Network. Journal of Primary Health Care, 8(1), 9-12. doi: 10.1071/HC15045

Leitch, S. (2015). General practitioners should allow use of anonymised patient records for research: The 'yes' case. Journal of Primary Health Care, 7(3), 251-253. [Commentary].

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