Professor Craig Ramsay

Professor Craig Ramsay
Professor Craig Ramsay

Professor Craig Ramsay

Director of Health Services Research Unit

Accepting PhDs


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 statistics 
    1993 - University of Edinburgh 
  • PGDip Information Systems 
    1994 - Edinburgh Napier University 
  • PhD Public Health 
    2000 - University of Aberdeen 

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Nutrition and Health, Dentistry.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Nutrition and Health

Accepting PhDs


Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • 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.


My current supervision areas are: Nutrition and Health, Dentistry.

I provide PhD supervisory support for full or part-time PhD students. Some recent examples include: 

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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  • Outcomes of a non-inferiority randomised controlled trial of surgery for men with urodynamic stress incontinence after prostate surgery (MASTER)

    Abrams, P., Constable, L., Cooper, D., MacLennan, G., Drake, M. J., Harding, C., Mundy, A., McCormack, K., McDonald, A., Norrie, J., Ramsay, C., Smith, R., Cotterill, N., Kilonzo, M., Glazener, C., MASTER trial team
    European Urology, vol. 79, no. 6, pp. 812-823
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Interpretation of change scores for the National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire-25: the minimally important difference

    Burr, J. M., Cooper, D., Ramsay, C. R., Che Hamzah, J., Azuara-Blanco, A.
    Br J Ophthalmol
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Antibiotic prescribing for respiratory tract infection: exploring drivers of cognitive effort and factors associated with inappropriate prescribing

    McCleary, N., Francis, J. J., Campbell, M., Ramsay, C., Burton, C. D.
    Family Practice, cmab030
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Audit and feedback with or without training in-practice targeting antibiotic prescribing (TiPTAP): a study protocol of a cluster randomised trial in dental primary care

    Goulao, B., Scott, C. L., Black, I., Clarkson, J., McArthur, L., Ramsay, C., Young, L., Duncan, E.
    Implementation Science, vol. 16, 32
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Protocol for a randomised controlled trial comparing laparoscopic cholecystectomy with observation/conservative management for preventing recurrent symptoms and complications in adults with uncomplicated symptomatic gallstones (C-Gall trial)

    Ahmed, I., Innes, K., Brazzelli, M., Gillies, K., Newlands, R., Avenell, A., Hernández, R., Blazeby, J., Croal, B., Hudson, J., MacLennan, G., McCormack, K., McDonald, A., Murchie, P., Ramsay, C.
    BMJ Open, vol. 11, no. 3, e039781
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Examining the effectiveness of different dental recall strategies on maintenance of optimum oral health: the INTERVAL dental recalls randomised controlled trial

    Clarkson, J. E., Pitts, N. B., Fee, P. A., Goulao, B., Boyers, D., Ramsay, C., Floate, R., Braid, H. J., Ord, F. S., Worthington, H. V., van der Pol, M., Young, L., Freeman, R., Gouick, J., Humphris, G. M., Mitchell, F. E., McDonald, A., Norrie, J., Sim, K., Douglas, G., Ricketts, D. N. J.
    British Dental Journal, vol. 230, no. 4, pp. 236-243
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Examining the impact of oral hygiene advice and/or scale and polish on periodontal disease: the IQuaD cluster factorial randomised controlled trial

    Clarkson, J., Ramsay, C., Lamont, T., Goulao, B., Worthington, H., Heasman, P., Norrie, J., Boyers, D., Duncan, A., van der Pol, M., Young, L., Macpherson, L., McCracken, G.
    British Dental Journal, vol. 230, no. 4, pp. 229-235
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Risk-based, 6-monthly and 24-monthly dental check-ups for adults: the INTERVAL three-arm RCT

    Clarkson, J. E., Pitts, N. B., Goulao, B., Boyers, D., Ramsay, C. R., Floate, R., Braid, H. J., Fee, P. A., Ord, F. S., Worthington, H. V., van der Pol, M., Young, L., Freeman, R., Gouick, J., Humphris, G. M., Mitchell, F. E., McDonald, A., Norrie, J. D., Sim, K., Douglas, G., Ricketts, D. N. J.
    Health Technology Assessment, vol. 24, no. 60, pp. 1-172
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Aerosol Generating Procedures and their Mitigation in International Dental Guidance Documents - A Rapid Review

    Clarkson, J. E., Ramsay, C., Richards, D., Robertson, C., Aceves Martins, M., Brazzelli, M., Calvert, G., Colloc, T., Dave, M., Glenny, A., Goulao, B., Lamont, T. J., Riley, P., Walsh, T., Wilson, G. J., Worthington, H. V., CoDER Working Group
    Cochrane Oral Health. 69 pages
    Books and Reports: Other Reports
  • Barriers and facilitators to implementation of antibiotic stewardship programmes in hospitals in developed countries: insights from transnational studies

    Rzewuska, M., Duncan, E., Francis, J. J., Morris, A. M., Suh, K. N., Davey, P. G., Grimshaw, J. M., Ramsay, C. R., The JPIAMR (Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance) Working Group on Behavioural Approaches to Antibiotic Stewardship Programmes
    Frontiers in Sociology, vol. 5, 41
    Contributions to Journals: Articles


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