Nick Taub, PhD

Research Fellow in Medical Statistics 


Department of Health Sciences
University of Leicester
Centre for Medicine
University Road
Leicester LE1 7RH

Tel: 00 44 116 2525416



  • Clinical trials in musculoskeletal research
  • Modelling the frequency of surgical procedures and hospital admissions


Scaphoid Waist Internal Fixation for Fractures Trial (SWIFFT) Cast treatment versus surgical fixation of fractures of the Scaphoid waist in adults: a Multi-centre Randomised Controlled Trial [co-applicant].
Principal Investigator: Professor Joseph Dias
NIHR Health Technology Assessment. HTA - 11/36/37
£2.3 million (Apr 2013 – Oct 2022)

Recently completed: 

Wilson A, Robinson T, Taub N, Windridge K. Barriers to early assessment of TIA and stroke (BEATS).  NIHR RfPB (Research for Patient Benefit) £186,782.  2008–2010

Khunti K, Palmer Hill S, Stone M, Davies M, Farooqi A, Taub N, Seare N.  Self Assessment of Waist Circumference for Screening for Type 2 Diabetes & Pre-diabetes (MY-WAIST).  NIHR RfPB  (Research for Patient Benefit) £157,597.  2008-2009



Research Advisor for the NIHR Research Design Service (East Midlands)

Associate editor, International Journal of Childbirth

Member of Derby NRES (National Research Ethics Service) Ethics Committee (2009-13)

Member of the West Midlands grant awarding panel of the National Institute of Health Research’s (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit funding stream  (2011-14)




Dias J, Brealey S, Choudhary S, Cook L, Costa M, Fairhurst C, Hewitt C, Hodgson S, Jefferson L, Jeyapalan K, Keding A, Leighton P, Rangan A, Richardson G, Rothery C, Taub N, Thompson J, Torgerson D.  (2016) Scaphoid Waist Internal Fixation for Fractures Trial (SWIFFT) protocol: a pragmatic multi-centre randomised controlled trial of cast treatment versus surgical fixation for the treatment of bi-cortical, minimally displaced fractures of the scaphoid waist in adults.  BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 17:248.  Published: JUNE 2016

Garala K, Taub NA, Dias JJ.  (2016) The epidemiology of fractures of the Scaphoid. Impact of age, gender, deprivation and seasonality.  The Bone and Joint Journal; 98-B:654–659.  Published: MAY 2016


Roland D, Matheson D, Taub N, Coats T, Lakhanpaul M.  (2015) Is perception of quality more important than technical quality in patient video cases?  BMC Medical Education; Volume:  15      Article Number:  132.  Published: AUG 13 2015

Joseph D, Chong NW, Shanks ME, Rosato E, Taub NA, Petersen SA, Symonds ME, Whitehouse WP, Wailoo M.  (2015) Getting rhythm: how do babies do it? Archives of Disease in Childhood - Fetal and Neonatal Edition; 100(1) F50-F54.   Published: JAN 2015


Carey ME, Mandalia PK, Daly HG, Gray LJ, Hale R, Stacey LM, Taub N, Skinner TC, Stone M, Heller S, Khunti K, Davies MJ.  (2014) Increasing capacity to deliver diabetes self-management education: results of the DESMOND lay educator non-randomized controlled equivalence trial. Diabetic Medicine; 31(11): 1431-1438   Published: NOV 2014

Stone MA, Aujla N, Taub N, Davies MJ, Khunti K.  (2014) Identifying people with or at risk of type 2 diabetes. Primary Care Cardiovascular Journal; 7:78-80.

Wilson AD, Coleby D, Taub NA, Weston C, Robinson TG.  (2014) Delay between symptom onset and clinic attendance following TIA and minor stroke: the BEATS study. Age and Ageing; 43(2): 253-256.  Published: MAR 2014


Eastley N, Singh H, Dias JJ, Taub N.  (2013) Union rates after proximal scaphoid fractures; meta-analyses and review of available evidence.  Journal Of Hand Surgery - European Volume; 38(8): 888-897.   Published: OCT 2013

Isaac SM, Dias JJ, Taub N, Gaur A, Jones M.  (2013) The efficacy of brachial plexus block in diabetic patients: a prospective study. Shoulder and Elbow; 5(3): 183–187.     Published: JULY 2013

Boylan SM, Greenwood DC, Alwan N, Cooke MS, Dolby VA, Hay AWM, Kirk SFL, Konje JC, Potdar N, Shires S, Simpson NAB, Taub N , Thomas JD, Walker JJ, White KLM, Wild CP, Cade JE.  (2013) Does Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy Play a Role in the Association Found Between Maternal Caffeine Intake and Fetal Growth Restriction?  Maternal and Child Health Journal; 17(4): 601-608.   Published: MAY 2013

Aujla N, Stone MA, Taub N, Davies MJ, Kamlesh Khunti.  (2013) Identifying people with type 2 diabetes and those at risk: Lessons from the Measure Your Waist (MY-WAIST) mixed-methods study in UK primary care.  Primary Care Diabetes; 7: 261–267.

Dias JJ, Singh HP, Taub N, Thompson J.  (2013) Grip strength characteristics using force–time curves in rheumatoid hands.  The Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume); 38(2): 170–177.

Durani P, Dias J, Singh H, Taub N.  (2013) Junior doctors and patient safety: evaluating knowledge, attitudes and perception of safety climate.  BMJ Quality & Safety; 22 (1): 65-71.

Gunther S, Taub N, Rogers S, Baker R. (2013) What aspects of primary care predict emergency admission rates? A cross sectional study. BMC Health Services Research; 13 (11).


Singh HP, Taub N, Dias JJ.  (2012) Management of displaced fractures of the waist of the scaphoid: meta-analyses of comparative studies.  Injury; 43: 933-939.  doi:10.1016/j.injury.2012.02.012

Khunti K, Taub N, Webb D, Srinivasan B, Stockman J, Griffin SJ, Simmons RK and Davies MJ.  (2012) Validity of self-assessed waist circumference in a multi-ethnic UK population. Diabetic Medicine; 29 (3): 404-409.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.2011.03478.x

Brugha TS, Taub N, Smith J, Morgan Z, Hill T, Meltzer H, Wright C, Burns T, Priebe S, Evans J, Fryers T.  (2012) Predicting outcome of assertive outreach across England.  Social and Psychiatric Epidemiology; 47 (2): 313-322.  DOI: 10.1007/s00127-010-0338-4


Baker R, Smith A, Tarrant C, McKinley RR, Taub N.  (2011) Patient feedback in revalidation: an exploratory study using the consultation satisfaction questionnaire. British Journal of General Practice; 61 (591): 615-616.   DOI: 10.3399/bjgp11X601343 

Webb DR, Gray LJ, Khunti K, Srinivasan B, Taub N, Campbell S, Barnett J, Farooqi A, Echouffo-Tcheugui JB, Griffin SJ, Wareham NJ, Davies MJ.  (2011) Screening for diabetes using an oral glucose tolerance test within a western multi-ethnic population identifies modifiable cardiovascular risk: the ADDITION-Leicester study.  Diabetologia; 54 (9): 2237-2246.  DOI: 10.1007/s00125-011-2189-2. 


Taub N, Baker R, Khunti K, Camosso-Stefinovic J, Mehta RL, Weston CL, Mainous AG. (2010) Patient safety systems in the primary health care of diabetes – A story of missed opportunities?  Diabetic Medicine; 27 (11): 1322-1326.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.2010.03106.x

Gray LJ, Taub NA, Khunti K, Gardiner E, Hiles S, Webb DR, Srinivasan BT, Davies MJ.  (2010) The Leicester Risk Assessment score for detecting undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes and impaired glucose regulation for use in a multiethnic UK setting.  Diabetic Medicine; 27 (8): 887-895.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.2010.03037.x

Khunti K, Taub N, Tringham J, Jarvis J, Farooqi A, Skinner TC, Davies MJ.  (2010) Screening for the metabolic syndrome using simple anthropometric measurements in south Asian and white Europeans: a population based screening study.  The Leicester Ethnic Atherosclerosis and Diabetes Risk (LEADER) Study.  Primary Care Diabetes; 4 (1): 25-32. 

Webb DR, Khunti K, Srinivasan B, Gray LJ, Taub N, Campbell S, Barnett J, Henson J, Hiles S, Farooqi A, Griffin SJ, Wareham NJ, Davies MJ.  (2010) Rationale and design of the ADDITION-Leicester study, a systematic screening programme and Randomised Controlled Trial of multi-factorial cardiovascular risk intervention in people with Type 2 diabetes mellitus detected by screening.  BioMed Central Trials; 11:16 (19 February 2010).  DOI: 10.1186/1745-6215-11-16  

Up to 2009

Ali S, Davies MJ, Taub NA, Stone MA, Skinner TC, Khunti K. (2009) Prevalence of diagnosed depression in South-Asian and White-European people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes in a UK Secondary Care population.  Postgraduate Medical Journal; 85 (1003): 238-243.   

Boylan S, Cade JE, Dolby VA, Greenwood DC, Hay AWM, Kirk SFL, Shires S, Simpson N, Thomas JD, Walker J, White KLM, Wild CP, Potdar N, Konje JC, Taub N, Charvill J, Chipps KC, Kassam S, Ghandi C, Cooke MS.  (2008)  Maternal caffeine intake during pregnancy and risk of fetal growth restriction: a large prospective observational study. British Medical Journal; 337: a2332. 

Tyrer F, McGrother CW, Thorp CF, Taub NA, Bhaumik S. (2008) The Leicestershire Intellectual disability tool: a simple measure to identify moderate to profound intellectual disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities; 21: 268-276. 

Joseph DV, Jackson JA, Westaway J, Taub NA, Petersen SA, Wailoo MP.  (2007) Effect of parental smoking on cotinine levels in newborns. Archives of Disease in Childhood - Fetal and Neonatal Edition; 92 (6): 484-488. 

Furness PN, Taub N.  (2006) Interobserver reproducibility and application of the ISN/RPS classification of lupus nephritis - A UK-wide study.  American Journal of Surgical Pathology; 30 (8): 1030-1035. 

Akkad A, Jackson C, Kenyon S, Dixon-Woods M, Taub N, Habiba M.  (2006) Patients' perceptions of written consent: questionnaire study. British Medical Journal; 333 (7567): 528-529. 

Taub NA, Morgan Z, Brugha TS, Lambert PC, Bebbington PE, Jenkins R, Kessler RC, Zaslavsky AM, Hotz T.  (2005) Recalibration methods to enhance information on prevalence rates from large mental health surveys. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research; 14 (1): 3-13. 

Wilson A, Potter J, Taub N, Moore A, Robinson T.  (2005) The effectiveness of a modified version of the Wilkinson questionnaire in screening for TIA and minor stroke in the United Kingdom. Age and Ageing; 34 (1): 30-35. 

Der Tavitian J, Ong SM, Taub NA, Taylor GJS (2003). Body-exhaust suit versus occlusive clothing: A randomised, prospective trial using air and wound bacterial counts.  Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery;85:490-494.

Mildner RJ, Taub NA, Vyas JR, Killer HM, Firmin RK, Field DJ, Kotecha S (2001). Repeatability of cellular constituents and cytokine concentration in fluid obtained by non-bronchoscopic bronchoalveolar lavage of infants receiving extracorporeal oxygenation. Thorax;56:924-931.

Brugha TS, Jenkins R, Taub N, Meltzer H, Bebbington PE (2001). A general population comparison of the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI) and the Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry (SCAN). Psychological Medicine;31:1001-1013.

Brugha TS, Wheatley S, Taub NA, Culverwell A, Friedman T, Kirwan P, Jones DR, Shapiro DA (2000). Pragmatic randomized trial of antenatal intervention to prevent post-natal depression by reducing psychosocial risk factors. Psychological Medicine;30:1273-1281.

Furness PN, Levesley J, Luo Z, Taub N, Kazi JI, Bates WD, Nicholson ML (1999). A neural network approach to the biopsy diagnosis of early acute renal transplant rejection. Histopathology;35:461-467.

Ezeh UIO, Taub NA, Moore HDM, Cooke ID (1999). Establishment of predictive variables associated with testicular sperm retrieval in men with non-obstructive azoospermia. Human Reproduction;14:1005-1012.

Olapade-Olaopa EO, MacKay EH, Taub NA, Sandhu DPS, Terry TR, Habib FK (1999). Malignant transformation of human prostatic epithelium is associated with the loss of androgen receptor immunoreactivity in the surrounding stromal. Clinical Cancer Research;5:569-576.

Gariballa SE, Parker SG, Taub N, Castleden CM (1998). Influence of nutritional status on clinical outcome after acute stroke. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition;68:275-281.

Khamashta MA, Cuadrado MJ, Mujic F, Taub NA, Hunt BJ, Hughes GRV (1995). The management of thrombosis in the antiphospholipid-antibody syndrome. New England Journal Of Medicine;332(15):993-997.

Taub NA, Wolfe CDA, Richardson E, Burney PGJ (1994). Predicting the disability at one year of first time stroke sufferers: 12 months follow-up of a population-based cohort in South-East England.  Stroke;25:352-357.


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