Dr Kirsty McCormack

Dr Kirsty McCormack
BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Lecturer (Scholarship)
Research Fellow

Dr Kirsty McCormack
Dr Kirsty McCormack

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The University of Aberdeen Centre for Healthcare Randomised Trials (CHaRT) Health Services Research Unit University of Aberdeen 3rd Floor, Health Sciences Building Foresterhill ABERDEEN AB25 2ZD


Kirsty McCormack joined the unit in 1997. She graduated in Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh in 1994 and since joining the Unit, she has gained an MSc Health Services and Public Health Research and a PhD in Health Services Research. She has worked on a number of projects within the Health Care Assessment Programme and has developed expertise in the design and conduct of randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews of effectiveness.

Kirsty is a Lecturer in Health Services Research and Course Co-ordinator for the Postgraduate Course in Designing Real-World Trials. Kirsty is also the Research Manager for the Centre for 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.  


External Memberships and Affiliations

UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Units Network Core Infrastructure Task and Finish Group


Current Research

Research Funding and Grants

  • Adjustable Anchored Single-Incision Mini-Slings Versus Standard Tension-Free Mid-Urethral Slings in the Surgical Management Of Female Stress Urinary Incontinence; A Pragmatic Multicentre Non–Inferiority Randomised Controlled Trial: The SIMS Trial. Awarded by the NIHR HTA Programme(12/127/157). Start date: December 2013. Value £1,456,252.
  • A multicentre randomised controlled trial comparing laparoscopic supra-cervical hysterectomy with second generation endometrial ablation for the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding (HEALTH). Awarded by the NIHR HTA Programme(12/35/23). Start date: January 2014. Value £1,307,643.
  • Improving intrapartum outcomes for mothers and babies in Scotland: a stepped-wedge RCT of an intrapartum emergencies training package in 12 Scottish Maternity Units (THISTLE). Awarded by the CSO (CZG/2/498). Start date: August 2013. Value £200,045.
  • Male synthetic sling versus Artificial urinary Sphincter Trial for men with urodynamic stress incontinence after prostate surgery: Evaluation by Randomised controlled trial (MASTER). Awarded by the NIHR HTA Programme (11/106/01). Start date: July 2013. Value £1,625,275.
  • Single port laparoscopic surgery compared with standard 3 port laparoscopic surgery for appendicectomy. A pilot study for a randomised controlled trial: SCARLESS (Single Centre Appendicectomy RCT: Laparoscopic vs Endoscopic Single-port Surgery). Awarded by the CSO (CZG/2/498). Start date: January 2011. Value £50,000.
  • Comparative study of new imaging technologies for the diagnosis of glaucoma. Awarded by the NIHR HTA (09/22/111). Start date: December 2010. Value £368,853.
  • The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of laparoscopic compared to open surgery for inguinal hernia repair. Commissioned by the National Institute of Clinical Effectiveness, July 2000. Value £8,000.

Teaching Responsibilities

Course Co-ordinator

Kirsty is currently Course Co-ordinator for the online course - Designing Real-World Trials - for the University of Aberdeen’s Masters in Public Health programme.  

Teaching Responsibilities


  • PU5527 Fundamentals of Research Design module: What is Research; Formulating a Research Question; and Developing a Protocol.
  • ME4805 Student Selected Component III, Population based disease.
  • Intercalated BSc (Hons) degree in Medical Science: Writing a Protocol.


  • PU5003 Health Services Research: Protocol Development and Critical Appraisal of a Protocol, 2000-2015 (Discontinued).
  • PU5003 Health Services Research (Discontinued): Course Co-ordinator, 2000-01


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  • Use of low-dose oral theophylline as an adjunct to inhaled corticosteroids in preventing exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

    Devereux, G., Cotton, S., Barnes, P., Briggs, A., Burns, G., Chaudhuri, R., Chrystyn, H., Davies, L., De Soyza, A., Fielding, S., Gompertz, S., Haughney, J. A. F., Lee, A. J., McCormack, K., McPherson, G., Morice, A., Norrie, J., Sullivan, A., Wilson, A., Price, D.

    Trials, vol. 16, 267

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • A pragmatic, multicentre, randomised controlled trial comparing stapled haemorrhoidopexy to traditional excisional surgery for haemorrhoidal disease (eTHoS): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

    Watson, A. J. M., Bruhn, H., MacLeod, K., McDonald, A., McPherson, G., Kilonzo, M., Norrie, J., Loudon, M. A., McCormack, K., Buckley, B., Brown, S., Curran, F., Jayne, D., Rajagopal, R., Cook, J. A.

    Trials, vol. 15, 439

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • The Knee Arthroplasty Trial (KAT): design features, baseline characteristics, and two-year functional outcomes after alternative approaches to knee replacement

    Campbell, M., Fiddian, N., Fitzpatrick, R., Grant, A., Gray, A., Morris, R., Murray, D., Rowley, D., Johnston, L., MacLennan, G., McCormack, K., Ramsay, C., Walker, A., KAT Trial Group

    The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. American Volume, vol. 91, no. 1, pp. 134-141

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Systematic review of the effectiveness of preventing and treating Staphylococcus aureus carriage in reducing peritoneal catheter-related infections

    McCormack, K., Rabindranath, K., Kilonzo, M., Vale, L., Fraser, C., McIntyre, L., Thomas, S., Rothnie, H., Fluck, N., Gould, I. M., Waugh, N.

    Health Technology Assessment, vol. 11, no. 23, pp. 1-84

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • The Trial Protocol Tool: the PRACTIHC software tool that supported the writing of protocols for pragmatic randomized controlled trials

    Treweek, S. P., McCormack, K., Abalos, E., Campbell, M. K., Ramsay, C. R., Zwarenstein, M., PRACTIHC Collaboration

    Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, vol. 59, no. 11, pp. 1127-1133

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Systematic review of the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of laparoscopic surgery for inguinal hernia repair.

    McCormack, K., Wake, B., Gonzalez Perez, J. G., Fraser, C. M., Cook, J. A., McIntosh, E., Vale, L. D., Grant, A. M.

    Health Technology Assessment, vol. 9, no. 14, pp. 1-218

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Transabdominal pre-peritoneal (TAPP) vs totally extraperitoneal (TEP) laparoscopic techniques for inguinal hernia repair: A systematic review

    McCormack, K., Fraser, C. M., Vale, L. D., Perez, J., Grant, A. M.

    Hernia, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 109-114

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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