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Otago Medical School staff profiles

Dr Sharon Leitch

PositionClinical Research Training Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of General Practice and Rural Health (Dunedin)
QualificationsMBChB DCH PGDipGP (dist) PhD Candidate FRNZCGP
Research summaryPatient safety in primary care, medication safety
TeachingSharon has mentored medical students from undergraduate to postgraduate level
MembershipsPostgraduate Education Committee GPRH student representative
ClinicalSharon is a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. She works two sessions a week in general practice in Dunedin.

Research

Sharon Leitch is a general practitioner who currently holds a New Zealand Health Research Council funded Clinical Research Training Fellowship.

Sharon has been examining patient safety in primary care since 2014, initially as the GP Coordinator for the Patient Harms in New Zealand General Practices: Records Review study (HRC 14-185). That work focused on the epidemiology of patient harm observable from general practice records in New Zealand.

Since 2018 Sharon has been researching ways of improving patient safety in primary care for her doctoral thesis. Using a mixed methods approach Sharon hopes to develop and test a patient communication aid and risk assessment tool (HRC 18-031).

Sharon is a GP adviser for other research projects developing patient-facing health technology and communication tools in surgery and pharmacy.

Use of routinely collected data for research purposes is a longstanding interest. Together with colleagues from Psychological Medicine, Sharon has also conducted research exploring the interRAI dataset on ageing well.

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

Leitch, S., Glue, P., Gray, A. R., Greco, P., & Barak, Y. (2018). Comparison of psychosocial variables associated with loneliness in centenarian vs elderly populations in New Zealand. Jama Network Open, 1(6), e183880. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.3880

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

Barak, Y., Leitch, S., & Greco, P. (2019). Identifying hoarding disorder in the elderly using the interRAI. Archives of Gerontology & Geriatrics, 80, 95-97. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2018.10.014

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

Leitch, S., Glue, P., Gray, A. R., Greco, P., & Barak, Y. (2018). Comparison of psychosocial variables associated with loneliness in centenarian vs elderly populations in New Zealand. Jama Network Open, 1(6), e183880. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.3880

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

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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

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