Professor Nigel Stocks

Field of Research: 
Streams 2 and 3
General Practice
University of Adelaide
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nigel Stocks

Prof. Stocks is Head of the Discipline of General Practice at the University of Adelaide, Deputy Head of the School of Population Health and was a holder of a Senior Principal Research PHCRED Fellowship (2007-2010). He was Chair of the RACGP National Council (2010-2012) and is currently the SA/NT Faculty Chair.  He is a Fellow of the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine and a part-time general practitioner in the Adelaide Hills. Prof Stocks main interests are in cardiovascular, respiratory and mental health with an emphasis on clinical and health services research. Obesity is an important risk factor across these areas and his work includes examining patient health literacy and risk perception that might explain the ‘treatment gap’ for cardiovascular health outcomes. He currently supervises 7 PhD and one masters student across a range of topics but all related to primary health care and improving health outcomes for all Australians.  He also mentors academic GP registrars and  teaches medical students.
His recent publications include:
Stuart KL, Wyld B, Bastiaans K, Stocks N, Brinkworth G, Mohr P, and Noakes M.  A telephone supported cardiovascular lifestyle program (CLIP) for lipid reduction and weight loss in General Practice patients: A randomised controlled pilot trial.  Public Health Nutrition 2012 (In Press).
Stewart S, Carrington MJ, Swemmer CH, Kurstjens NP, Anderson C, Amerena J, Brown A, Burrell LM, de Looze FJ, Harris M, Hung J, Krum H, Nelson M, Schlaich M, Stocks NP, Jennings GL.  A multicentre, randomised controlled trial of intensive, structured care in achieving individual blood pressure targets in primary care. BMJ 2012 Nov 20;345:e7156. doi: 10.1136/bmj.e7156.
Williamson  M, Cardona-Morrell  M, Elliott JD, Reeve JF, Stocks NP, Emery  J, Mackson JM , Gunn JM. Prescribing Data in General Practice Demonstration (PDGPD) project - a cluster randomised controlled trial of a quality improvement intervention to achieve better prescribing for chronic heart failure and hypertension. BMC Health Services Research 2012, 12:273.  DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-12-273.
Stocks N, Allan J, Frank O, Williams S, Ryan P.  Improving attendance for cardiovascular risk assessment in Australian general practice: an RCT of a monetary incentive for patients. BMC Family Practice  2012 13:54.DOI: 10.1186/1471-2296-13-54
Frank O, Stocks NP, Aylward P.  Patient acceptance and perceived utility of pre-consultation prevention summaries and reminders in general practice: pilot study. BMC Family Practice 2011, 12:40 (26 May).
Gupta R, Stocks N, Broadbent J.  Cardiovascular risk assessment in Australian General Practice. Australian Family Physician 2009 5: 364-368.
Adam R, Stocks N, Hill C, Wilson D, Gravier K.   Health Literacy: A new concept for general practice? Australian Family Physician 2009 38(3): 144-147.
His recent grants/research studies  include:

2012-2017     Stewart S, Brown A, Thompson D, Stocks NP, Scuffham P, Eades S, Carrington M, Silwa K, Maguire G. Centre of Research Excellence to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease. NHMRC

2012-2015     Harris M, Bauman A, Laws R, Caterson I, Campbell K, Crawford D, Stocks NP, Hayman N, Denney-Wilson E, Teng Liaw S, Lynch J. The Centre for Obesity Management and Prevention Research Excellence in Primary Health Care. APHCRI 
2012              Stocks N. ASPrin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) 2012. Monash University (part of an international trial funded by the NIH – USA) 

2012              Frank O, Stocks N, Aylward P.  Increasing prevention, detection and treatment of osteoporosis through automated opportunistic reminders to patients, general practitioners and practice nurse. RACGP Osteoporosis award

2011              Frank O, Stocks N, Aylward P.  Feasibility, acceptability and sustainability of automated production of pre-consultation patient prevention summary and reminder sheets: pilot study. RACGP  2011  
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