Prof. Wei Gao
King's College London, UK



2000 Ph.D., Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China, Epidemiology and Health Statistics
1995 M.Med., Tongji Medical University, China, Environmental Health
1992 B.Med., Tongji Medical University, China, Preventive Medicine

Publications (Selected)

  1. Henson LA, Edmonds P, Johnston A, Johnson HE, Ng Yin Ling C, Sklavounos A, Ellis-Smith C, Gao W. Population-Based Quality Indicators for End-of-Life Cancer Care: A Systematic Review. JAMA Oncol. 2019 Oct 24. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2019.3388. Epub ahead of print.
  2. Peng JK, Chang HH, Higginson IJ, Gao W. Intensive care utilization in patients with end-stage liver disease: A population-based comparative study of cohorts with and without comorbid hepatocellular carcinoma in Taiwan. EClinicalMedicine. 2020 May 20; 22: 100357. doi: 10.1016/j.eclinm.2020.100357.
  3. Gao W, Gulliford M, Morgan M, Higginson IJ. Primary care service use by end-of-life cancer patients: a nationwide population-based cohort study in the United Kingdom. BMC Fam Pract. 2020 Apr 29; 21(1): 76. doi:10.1186/s12875-020-01127-8.
  4. Wilson R, Hepgul N, Higginson IJ, Gao W. End-of-life care and place of death in adults with serious mental illness: A systematic review and narrative synthesis. Palliat Med. 2020 Jan; 34(1): 49-68. doi: 10.1177/0269216319867847.Epub 2019 Oct 14.
  5. Wilson R, Gaughran F, Whitburn T, Higginson IJ, Gao W. Place of death and other factors associated with unnatural mortality in patients with serious mental disorders: population-based retrospective cohort study. BJPsych Open. 2019 Mar; 5(2): e23. doi: 10.1192/bjo.2019.5.
  6. Chukwusa E, Verne J, Polato G, Taylor R, J Higginson I, Gao W. Urban and rural differences in geographical accessibility to inpatient palliative and end-of-life (PEoLC) facilities and place of death: a national population-based study in England, UK. Int J Health Geogr. 2019 May 6; 18(1): 8. doi:10.1186/s12942-019-0172-1.
  7. Wilson R, Hepgul N, Saha RA, Higginson IJ, Gao W. Symptom dimensions in people affected by long-term neurological conditions: a factor analysis of a patient-centred palliative care outcome symptom scale. Sci Rep. 2019 Mar 21; 9(1): 4972. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-41370-3.
  8. Peng JK, Higginson IJ, Gao W. Place of death and factors associated with hospital death in patients who have died from liver disease in England: a national population-based study. Lancet Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2019 Jan; 4(1): 52-62. doi: 10.1016/S2468-1253(18)30379-0. Epub 2018 Nov 22.
  9. Higginson IJ, Reilly CC, Bajwah S, Maddocks M, Costantini M, Gao W; GUIDE_Care project. Which patients with advanced respiratory disease die in hospital? A 14-year population-based study of trends and associated factors. BMC Med. 2017 Feb 1; 15(1): 19. doi: 10.1186/s12916-016-0776-2.
  10. Henson LA, Gao W, Higginson IJ, Smith M, Davies JM, Ellis-Smith C, Daveson BA. Emergency department attendance by patients with cancer in their last month of life: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Clin Oncol. 2015 Feb 1; 33(4): 370-6. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2014.57.3568. Epub 2014 Dec 22.
  11. Evans CJ, Ho Y, Daveson BA, Hall S, Higginson IJ, Gao W; GUIDE_Care project.Place and cause of death in centenarians: a population-based observational study in England, 2001 to 2010. PLoS Med. 2014 Jun 3; 11(6): e1001653. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001653.
  12. Gao W, Gulliford M, Bennett MI, Murtagh FE, Higginson IJ. Managing cancer pain at the end of life with multiple strong opioids: a population-based retrospective cohort study in primary care. PLoS One. 2014 Jan 27; 9(1): e79266. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079266.
  13. Gao W, Ho YK, Verne J, Glickman M, Higginson IJ; GUIDE_Care project. Changing patterns in place of cancer death in England: a population-based study. PLoS Med. 2013; 10(3): e1001410. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001410. Epub 2013 Mar 26.
  14. Higginson IJ, Gao W. Opioid prescribing for cancer pain during the last 3 months of life: associated factors and 9-year trends in a nationwide United Kingdom cohort study. J Clin Oncol. 2012 Dec 10; 30(35): 4373-9. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2012.42.0919. Epub 2012 Oct 29.
  15. Gao W, Gulliford M, Higginson IJ. Prescription patterns of analgesics in the last 3 months of life: a retrospective analysis of 10202 lung cancer patients. Br J Cancer. 2011 May 24; 104(11): 1704-10. doi: 10.1038/bjc.2011.150. Epub 2011 May 3.

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