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Research interests

My research expertise is in the area of geriatric pharmacoepidemiology. Pharmacoepidemiology employs the methods of epidemiology to study outcomes of drug treatments in specific populations in real-world settings. The group has collaborations with centres in Christchurch (Big Data and Better Ageing Research Group, University of Otago, Christchurch) and researchers based at The University of Sydney, University of Queensland, Monash University & Yale University. The research group also has collaborations and support from The Ministry of Health, New Zealand. The group positioned along the translational axis delivers high-quality research that has a considerable impact on medicines policy and practice.

I am interested to recruit doctoral students. Current projects on offer:

1. Development and validation of a novel anticholinergic tool to quantify anticholinergic burden.

2. Novel pharmacoepidemiological approaches to predict adverse drug reactions.

3. Measuring the impact of drug burden and polypharmacy on health outcomes in older people.

4. Deprescribing medicines with limited time-until-benefit in older people.

5. Measuring the impact of the anticholinergic burden on health outcomes in individuals with dementia.

Education/Academic qualification

Pharmacy, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney

External positions

Senior Research Fellow, University of Otago

9 Oct 2018 → …


  • RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
  • RS Pharmacy and materia medica

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Research Output 2008 2019

Application of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance Studies

Nishtala, P., Nov 2019, Application of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance Studies. Elsevier, p. 445-450 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Association rule analysis to evaluate frequent drug combinations associated with acute kidney injury in older adults

Nishtala, P., 1 Aug 2019, p. 425-425. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)
6 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Geriatric Assessment
Logistic Models
Potentially Inappropriate Medication List
Cholinergic Antagonists
2 Citations (Scopus)
8 Downloads (Pure)

Drug burden index and its association with hip fracture among older adults: a national population-based study

Jamieson, H. A., Nishtala, P. S., Scrase, R., Deely, J. M., Abey-Nesbit, R., Hilmer, S. N., Abernethy, D. R., Berry, S. D., Mor, V., Lacey, C. J. & Schluter, P. J., 31 Jul 2019, In : J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 74, 7, p. 1127-1133 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Hip Fractures
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Independent Living