Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD)
The DSRU has access to CPRD, the NHS observational data and interventional research service, which is based in the UK. It is funded jointly by the NHS National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Originally, CPRD used to consist of only one, well established database in primary care in England, called the General Practice Research Database (GPRD). It then developed into a series of large, multi-linked observational datasets based in both primary and secondary care settings. The name of the GPRD database was changed to CPRD GOLD when CPRD was created.
CPRD data can be used in a variety of study designs, to investigate various research questions. Drug utilisation studies can be conducted, along with safety studies investigating exposures and outcomes of interest over time.
Further information about CPRD is available here