- Applied Science
- Healthcare Science
Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
Trials methodology; behavioural science; behaviour change; participant experience; process evaluations; mixed-methods.
Methodological Research realted to RCTs
Behavioural interventions to improve clinical trial recruitment and retention
BadRaP: Using behavioural science to understand and improve participation in clinical trials
RECAP: Feedback matters: How should trial results be reported back to participants?
ORINOCO: Optimising Resource-use IN Outcome Collection
PoINT: Public involvement in Numerical aspects of Trials
Process evalutions within ongoing RCTs
REGAL: Recurrence of Endometriosis: A randomised controlled trial of clinical and cost-effectiveness of Gonadotrophin Releasing Hormone Analogues with add-back hormone replacement therapy
DIAMOND: Deep infiltrating endometriosis: management by medical treatment versus early surgery
UK REBOA: A randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness, of Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) for trauma
C-GALL - A randomised controlled trial comparing the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of laparoscopic cholecystectomy compared with observation/conservative management for preventing recurrent symptoms and complications in adults with uncomplicated symptomatic gallstones
Other applied Health Services Research Projects
I-TRAC - In-home Tracking of glaucoma: Reliability, Acceptability, and Cost: the I-TRAC Study
REINFORCE - Real-World Evaluation of Robot-Assisted Surgical Services (REINFORCE): Work Package 1 - Optimisation of RAS implementation and scale up (WP1)
RoboCOS: What outcomes are important for evaluating robotic assisted surgery as a service-level change? An outcome mapping exercise to inform core outcome set development
TestES Consortium: Testosterone Effects and Safety in Men with Low Testosterone levels
STEER: Systematic Techniques to Enhance Retention in RCTs
ELICIT: Development of a core outcome set for the EvaLuation of Interventions for informed Consent for randomIsed controlled Trials: The ELICIT Study
Evidence-informed decision aids for clinical trial participation: a methodological investigation of core components and outcome measures
PRioRITY II: Prioritising Retention in Randomised Trials
PACT: Patient-centred trials (PACT): developing measures to improve the experience of people taking part in clinical trials
I supervise a range of clinicl and non-clinical PhD candidiates, recent exmaples include:
Behavioural interventions to improve clinical trial recruitment and retention - Taylor Coffey
Towards improvement in care delivery in Huntington's disease (HD) - Daniela Rae
Recruiting women during pregnancy and childbirth to clinical trials - Vivienne Hanrahan (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Developing a mouth self-exam intervention for early detection of oral cancer - Niall McGoldrick (University of Dundee)
What is the best way to avoid recruitment and retention problems in trials? - Adel El Feky
Making clinical trials more efficient: consolidating, communicating and improving knowledge of patient recruitment interventions - Heidi Gardner
Research Funding and Grants
I have been involved as a co-applicant and work package lead on a portfolio of national and international grants generating in excess of £11 million, with almost £2 million as Chief Investigator, predominantly over the past 5 years. These awards include a range of funders, methodolgoical and appleid research, but all are relevant for national or international heakthcare. Recent awards include:
- Howick J, Gillies K, Treweek S, Bower S, Edwards A, Bostock J, Hood K. PrinciPIL: Developing and Testing PILs that do not Cause Harm. MRC Better methods, better research Programme. MRC Better Reseaech, Better Methods Programme. £312,832 01/21 - 08/22
- Cooper K, Clark J, Gillies K, Maclennan G, Scotland G, Bhattacharya S, Cox E, Horne A, Byrne D, Smith P, Amer S, Gamaleldin I, Vashisht A, Murchie P. Deep Infiltrating Endometriosis: Management by Medical Treatment or Early Surgery (DIAMOND). NIHR HTA Programme. 02/21. £1,528,925
- Brehaut J, Presseau J, Gillies K, Grimshaw J, Ramsay C, Duncan E, Fergusson D, Marlin S, Graham I, Spencer H, Weijer C, Taljard M, Gordon J, Richards D, Rodger M. Using behavioural science to understand and improve participation in clinical trials. CIHR. 02/21-02/26
- Kaye C, Gillies K, Laidlaw L, Treweek S. Delivering Inhaled Corticosteroids for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: a feasibility study to inform a randomised trial. NHS Grampian Endowments awards. 10/20-01/21.
- Shaikh S, Campbell MK, Gillies K. RoboCOS: Development of a core outcome set for robotic assisted surgery. NHS Grampian Endowments awards. 10/20-01/21.
- Beard D, Campbell MK, Gillies K. A Real-World, In Situ, Evaluation of the introduction and scale up of Robot Assisted Surgical Services Across England: Evaluating its impact on clinical and service delivery, effectiveness and cost. Intuitive Surgical Sarl. October 2020-October 2021. £146575
- Gillies K (CI), Azuara-Blanco A, Hernandex R, Forrest M, Maclennan G. Digital technologies for home monitoring glaucoma: a feasibility study. NIHR HTA Programme. January 2020. £289,313
- Gillies K (CI) & Clarke M. Strategies to improve retention to randomised trials. NIHR Incentive Scheme. £8833. January 2020.
- Saraswat L, Gillies K, Maclennan G, Scotland G, Cooper K, Bhattacharya S, Cox E, Jones G. REGAL: Recurrence of endometriosis: GnRH anlogues versus Laparoscopic surgery. NIHR HTA Programme. 08/19. £1,660, 142
- Williamson PR, Emsley R, Sydes M, Land T, Brown J, Lalloo D, Mabey D, Hood K, Devane D, Farrell B, Allen E, Kirkham J, Gillies K, Yap C, Blazeby J, Avery K, Weir C, Jaki T, Wason J, Hughes D, Farron A, Morris T, Landray M, Wordsworth S, Villar Moreschi S. Trials Methodology Research Partnership, Medical Research Council. 06/19. £458,665
- Treweek S, Gillies K, Gardner H, Pickles D, El Feky A, Dawson A. A Good Use Of Time And Money? Providing Evidence For How Effort Is Invested In Primary And Secondary Outcome Data Collection In Trials. Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government’s Health & Social Care Directorate. 03/19-02/21. £224,213
- Gillies K (CI), Knapp P. Hunn A, Humphreys R, Entwistle V, Campbell M. Feed back matters: how should trial results be fed back to trial participants? Academy of Medical Sciences. 11/17-10/19. £99,964. 23.
- Gillies K (CI), Treweek S, Bower P, Young B, Witham M, Wells M, Francis J. Developing theory based interventions to minimise drop-out in randomised trials. Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government’s Health & Social Care Directorate. 08/17 – 09/19. £249,649
1. UK REBOA