The Unit is committed to the dissemination of research findings in the NHS in Scotland and beyond, in line with its remit to 'work for the implementation of proven changes in clinical activities'. A variety of methods have been used to promote this. Active dissemination is pursued through presentations at conferences and publications in scientific journals and books.

Recent Publications

Cook, J, Campbell, M, Gillies, K, Skea, Z  'Surgeons' and methodologists' perceptions of utilising an expertise-based randomised controlled trial design. Trials 2018;19:478.

Cook, JA, MacLennan, GS, Palmer, T, Lois, N,Emsley, R. Instrumental variable methods for a binary outcome were used to informatively address noncompliance in a randomized trial in surgery. J Clin Epidemiol 2018;96:126-32.

Duncan, E, Cassie, H, Pooley, J, Elouafkaoui, P, Prior, M, Gibb, E, Ramsay, C,Young, L. Areas for improvement in community optometry: flashes and floaters take priority. Journal Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics 2018;38:411-21.

Eassey, D, Reddel, H, Foster, J, Kirkpatrick, S, Locock, L,Smith, L. "I’ve said I wish I was dead, you’d be better off without me”: A systematic review of people’s experiences of living with severe asthma. J Asthma 2018:

Gillies, K, Duthie, A,Campbell, MK. Patient reported measure of informed consent for clinical trials: a systemtic review. PLoS One 2018;13(6): e0199775.

Hinton, L, Locock, L, Long, A,Knight, M. What can make things better for parents when babies need abdominal surgery in their first year of life? A qualitative interview study in the United Kingdom. BMJ Open 2018;8(6):e020921.

Inch, J, Avenell, A, Aucott, L,Watson, MC. A mixed-methods evaluation of community pharmacy referral to a commercial weight loss provider. Public Health Nutr 2018;21(12):2311-9.

Keenan, KF, Finnie, RM, Simpson, WG, McKee, L, Dean, J,Miedzybrodzka, Z. Parents’ views of genetic testing and treatment of familial hypercholesterolemia in children: a qualitative study. Journal of Community Genetics 2018. 10.1007/s12687-018-0373-5

King, A, Fernie, G, Azuara-Blanco, A, Burr, J, Garaway-Heath, D, Sparrow, J, Vale, L, Hudson, J, MacLennan, G, McDonald, A, Barton, K,Norrie , J. Treatment of Advanced Glaucoma Study: a multicentre randomised controlled trial comparing primary medical treatment with primary trabeculectomy for people with newly diagnosed advanced glaucoma—study protocol. Br J Ophthalmol 2018: 102(7);922-8

McClinton, S, Cameron, S, Starr, K, Thomas, R, MacLennan, G, McDonald, A, Lam, T, N'Dow, J, Kilonzo, M, Pickard, R, Anson, K, Keeley, F, Burgess, N, Clark, CT, MacLennan, S, Norrie, J,Group, TS. TISU: Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy, as first treatment option, compared with direct progression to ureteroscopic treatment, for ureteric stones: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials 2018;19(1):286.

Okkersen, K, Jimenez-Moreno, C, Wenninger, S, Daidj, F, Glennon, J, Cumming, S, Littleford, R, Monckton, D, Lochmuller, H, Catt, M, Faber, C, Hapca, A, Donnan., P, Gorman, G, Bassez, G, Schoser, B, Knoop, H, Treweek, S, van Engelen, B,OPTIMISTIC Consortium. Cognitive behavioural therapy with optional graded exercise therapy in patients with severe fatigue with myotonic dystrophy type 1: a multicentre, single-blind, randomised trial. Lancet Neurol 2018:17(8);671-80

Ramsay, C, Clarkson, JE, Duncan, A, Lamont, T, Heasman, L, Boyers, D, Goulao, B, Bonetti, D, Bruce, R, Gouick, J, Heasman, L, McDonald, A, McLaren-Neil, F, Mitchell, FE, Norrie , J, van der Pol, M, Steele, JG, Sharp, A, Watt, G, Worthington, HV,Young, L. Improving the Quality of Dentistry (IQuaD): A cluster factorial randomised controlled trial comparing the effectiveness and cost benefit of oral hygiene advice and/or periodontal instrumentation to routine care for the prevention and management of periodontal disease in dentate adults attending dental primary care. Health Technol Assess 2018;22:38.

Stepney, M, Kirkpatrick, S, Locock, L, Prinjha, S,Ryan, S. A licence to drive? Neurological illness, loss and disruption. Social Health Illn 2018;40(7):1186-99.

Virgilli, G, Michelessi, M, Cook, J, Boachie, C, Burr, J, Banister, K, Garaway-Heath, D, Bourne, R, Asorey, A, Ramsay, C,Azuara-Blanco, A. Diagnostic accuracy of Optical Coherence Tomography for diagnosing glaucoma: secondary analyses of the GATE study. Br J Ophthalmol 2018:102(5);604-10.

Watson, MC,Skea, Z. "Jugglers and tightrope walkers”: The challenge of delivering quality community pharmacy services. PLoS One 2018;13(7):e0200610.