I am Director of the Health Services Research Unit and Professor of Health Care Evaluation. I also direct the Aberdeen Health Technology Assessment Group, which is the only academic centre in Scotland responsible for providing technology assessment reports for the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
I have wide ranging research interests in health services research with expertise in service improvement research, surgical trial evaluation, and quasi-experimental study designs and as statistical editor for the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care group I have led the worldwide development of systematic review methodology for interrupted time series designs. I serve on several national and international committees and was an inaugural member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland.
- BSc Mathematics and statistics1993 - University of Edinburgh
- PGDip Information Systems1994 - Edinburgh Napier University
- PhD Public Health2000 - University of Aberdeen
I am currently accepting PhDs in Nutrition and Health, Dentistry.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
Nutrition and HealthSupervising
SupervisionI provide PhD supervisory support for full or part-time PhD students. Some recent examples include:
- Complex designs in randomised clinical trials – a case study in dentistry - Beatriz Goulao
- Interrupted times series (ITS) evaluation - Jemma Hudson
- What are the personal, clinical and social impacts of longer waiting times? A multi-methods study - Elisabeth Kirchner
- Optimising the responsible use of antibiotics - Shazia Yousuf
Funding and Grants
In terms of research grant awards, I have personally been involved as chief investigator or principal applicant on a portfolio of national and international studies generating in excess of £30 million, with £20 million in the last 5 years. The projects include a mix of large scale international trials and methodological studies funded from a variety of sources – all the studies are healthcare policy relevant and of national or international significance.
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Antibiotic prescribing for respiratory tract infection: exploring drivers of cognitive effort and factors associated with inappropriate prescribingFamily Practice, vol. 38, no. 6, pp. 740–750Contributions to Journals: Articles
Male synthetic sling or artificial urinary sphincter (AUS) for men with urodynamic stress incontinenceafter prostate surgery: the MASTER non-inferiority randomised controlled trialHealth Technology AssessmentContributions to Journals: Articles
Early detection of neovascular age-related macular degeneration: an economic evaluation based on data from the EDNA studyBritish Journal of OphthalmologyContributions to Journals: Articles
Diagnostic Accuracy of Monitoring Tests of Fellow Eyes in Patients with Unilateral Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Early Detection of Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration StudyOphthalmologyContributions to Journals: Articles
Patient and public involvement in numerical aspects of trials (PoINT): exploring patient and public partners experiences and identifying stakeholder prioritiesTrials, vol. 22, 499Contributions to Journals: Articles
Developing a core outcome set for periodontal trialsPloS ONE, vol. 16, no. 7, pp. e0254123Contributions to Journals: Articles
Selective Caries Removal in Permanent Teeth (SCRiPT) for the treatment of deep carious lesions: a randomised controlled clinical trial in primary careBMC Oral Health, vol. 21, 336Contributions to Journals: Articles
Have you had bleeding from your gums?: Self-report to Identify giNGival inflammation (The SING diagnostic accuracy and diagnostic model development study)Journal of Journal of Clinical Periodontology, vol. 48, no. 7, pp. 919-928Contributions to Journals: Articles
The Value of Preventative Dental Care: A Discrete-Choice ExperimentJournal of Dental Research, vol. 100, no. 7, pp. 723-730Contributions to Journals: Articles
Twitter communication of the UK public on dental health and care during a COVID lockdown: "My kingdom for a dentist"Community Dental Health, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 1-7Contributions to Journals: Articles