Dr Ruth Thomas

Research Fellow

BSc (Health Sciences), PhD

Dr Ruth Thomas

Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0)1224 438172
Fax: +44 (0)1224 438165
Email: r.e.thomas@abdn.ac.uk
Address: Centre for Healthcare Randomised Trials (CHaRT) Health Services Research Unit University of Aberdeen 3rd Floor, Health Sciences Building Foresterhill ABERDEEN AB25 2ZD


Ruth Thomas joined the Unit in 1993 as a research assistant.  She completed her PhD in the Unit in 2002 and went on to take up a Wellcome Trust Training Fellowship in Health Services Research which she completed in 2006.  Ruth is a Health Services Researcher experienced in a range of HSR methods including systematic reviews, overviews, RCTs (simple and complex), and other evaluative designs. Ruth worked on a series of "knowledge translation" evaluations ie getting evidence into clinical practice, involving complex rigorous designs.  She is currently the Research Manager for the Centre Healthcare Randomised Trials (CHaRT) a fully registered UK Clinical Research Collaboration Clinical Trials Unit with an internationally recognised expertise in the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of multicentre trials. .

Current Research

Ongoing research

Previous research

Research Grants

Chief Scientists Office of the Scottish Government CZH/4/945 – Multiple Symptoms Study 2. A feasibility study to manualise, teach and demonstrate the delivery of the Symptoms Clinic intervention £139,962  Start date: April 2014 -  12 month 

NIHR HTA (10/137/01). Therapeutic Interventions for Stones of the Ureter (TISU): a multicentre randomised controlled trial of extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy, as first treatment option, compared with direct progression to ureteroscopic retrieval, for ureteric stones. Funder: Value: £1,426,755.Start date: 1st March 2013 - 48 months 

NIHR HTA (08/71/01) SUSPEND: Use of drug therapy in the management of symptomatic ureteric stones in hospitalised adults: a multi centre placebo randomised trial.  Start date: Value: £1,585,180 (+ 132,732). 1st June 2010 - 42 months extended to 53 months.

The clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of different surveillance mammography regimes after the treatment of primary breast cancer.  Funder: NIHR HTA (07/47/01).  Start date: 1st June 2008.  Value: £239,474.


Teaching Responsibilities

Ruth lectures on the HSRU courses of the MSc in Public Health Research and the MSc in Global Health and Management.


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