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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"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
Core outcome set for symptomatic uncomplicated gallstone diseaseBritish Journal of Surgery, vol. 109, no. 6, pp. 539–544Contributions to Journals: Articles
Pharmaceutical policies: effects of regulating drug insurance schemesThe Cochrane database of systematic reviews, vol. 5, CD011703Contributions to Journals: Review 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
Pulpotomy for the Management of Irreversible Pulpitis in Mature Teeth (PIP): a feasibility studyPilot and Feasibility Studies, vol. 8, 77Contributions to Journals: Articles
Non-invasive testing for early detection of neovascular macular degeneration in unaffected second eyes of older adults: EDNA diagnostic accuracy studyHealth Technology Assessment, vol. 26, no. 8Contributions to Journals: Articles
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
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 StudyOphthalmology, vol. 128, no. 12, pp. 1736-1747Contributions to Journals: Articles
You had to do something: prescribing antibiotics in Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and remobilisationBritish Dental JournalContributions 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