Health Services Research Unit (HSRU)
3rd Floor, Health Sciences Building,
Aberdeen AB25 2ZD
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
- Healthcare Science
- Medical Statistics
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 licence.
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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Using re-randomisation designs to increase the efficiency and applicability of retention studies within trials: a case studyTrials, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 299Contributions to Journals: Articles
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy versus conservative management for adults with uncomplicated symptomatic gallstones: the C-GALL RCTHealth and Social Care Delivery ResearchContributions to Journals: Articles
Identification of outcomes reported for hospital antimicrobial stewardship interventions using a systematic review of reviews.JAC-Antimicrobial Resistance, vol. 5, no. 1, dlac127Contributions to Journals: Articles
Correction to: Pulpotomy for the Management of Irreversible Pulpitis in Mature Teeth (PIP): a feasibility study (Pilot and Feasibility Studies, (2022), 8, 1, (77), 10.1186/s40814-022-01029-9)Pilot and Feasibility Studies, vol. 8, 82Contributions to Journals: Comments and Debates
Early detection of neovascular age-related macular degeneration: an economic evaluation based on data from the EDNA studyBritish Journal of Ophthalmology, vol. 106, no. 12, pp. 1754-1761Contributions to Journals: Articles
Interpretation of change scores for the National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire-25: the minimally important differenceBritish Journal of Ophthalmology, vol. 106, no. 11Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/bjophthalmol-2021-318901
- [ONLINE] View publication in Scopus
Photodynamic versus white-light-guided resection of first-diagnosis non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer: PHOTO RCTHealth technology assessment (Winchester, England), vol. 26, no. 40, pp. 1-144Contributions to Journals: Articles
"Well, in dentistry the dentist is always the boss”: A multi-method exploration of which organisational characteristics of dental practices most influence the implementation of evidence-based guidance.BMJ Open, vol. 12, no. 8, e059564Contributions to Journals: Articles
Synthetic sling or artificial urinary sphincter for men with urodynamic stress incontinence after prostate surgery: the MASTER non-inferiority RCTHealth Technology Assessment, vol. 26, no. 36, 184Contributions to Journals: Articles
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.3310/TBFZ0277
Perspectives of staff adopting outpatient asynchronous consultations in NHS Grampian, ScotlandContributions to Conferences: Oral Presentations