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Health Sciences profile

Dr Sarah Donald

PositionLecturer, PhD student
DepartmentDepartment of Preventive and Social Medicine (Dunedin)
QualificationsMSc MBChB MPH FNZCPHM
Research summaryMedicine utilisation and safety during pregnancy

Research

Sarah completed her medical degree at the University of Otago, Dunedin. After several years of clinical work she undertook the Public Health Medicine training programme, gaining her Fellowship in 2016. Her current research focus is prescription medicine use during pregnancy, including describing patterns of use and investigating safety issues. Sarah is a member of the Pharmacoepidemiology Research Network Core Academic Group. Her other research interests include promoting healthy weight gain during pregnancy.

Publications

Donald, S., Sharples, K., Barson, D., Horsburgh, S., & Parkin, L. (2021). Antidepressant dispensing before, during, and after pregnancy in New Zealand, 2005-2014. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13352

Donald, S., Sharples, K., Barson, D., Horsburgh, S., & Parkin, L. (2020). Patterns of prescription medicine dispensing before and during pregnancy in New Zealand, 2005-2015. PLoS ONE, 15(6), e0234153. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0234153

Donald, S., Sharples, K., Barson, D., Horsburgh, S., & Parkin, L. (2020). Prescription medicines with potential for foetal harm: Dispensing before and during pregnancy in New Zealand, 2005-2015. European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 76, 887-896. doi: 10.1007/s00228-020-02868-2

Donald, S., Barson, D., Horsburgh, S., Sharples, K., & Parkin, L. (2018). Generation of a pregnancy cohort for medicine utilisation and medicine safety studies in New Zealand. Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety, 27, 1335-1343. doi: 10.1002/pds.4671

Schultz, M., Davidson, A., Donald, S., Targonska, B., Turnbull, A., Weggery, S. E., Livingstone, V., & Dockerty, J. D. (2009). Gastroenterology service in a teaching hospital in rural New Zealand, 1991-2003. World Journal of Gastroenterology, 15(5), 583-590. doi: 10.3748/wjg.15.583