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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Diagnostic accuracy of Optical Coherence Tomography for diagnosing glaucoma: secondary analyses of the GATE studyBritish Journal of Ophthalmology, vol. 102, pp. 604-610Contributions to Journals: Articles
A core outcome set for localised prostate cancer effectiveness trialsBJU International, vol. 120, no. 5B, pp. E64-E79Contributions to Journals: Articles
A core outcome set for localised prostate cancer effectiveness trialsBJU International, vol. 120, no. 5B, pp. E64-79Contributions to Journals: Articles
‘Better’ clinical decisions do not necessarily require more time to makeJournal of Clinical Epidemiology, vol. 82, pp. 173–174Contributions to Journals: Articles
Effectiveness of open and arthroscopic rotator cuff repair (UKUFF): a randomized controlled trialThe Bone & Joint Journal, vol. 99-B, no. 1, pp. 107-115Contributions to Journals: Articles
Early lens extraction with intraocular lens implantation for the treatment of primary angle closure glaucoma: An economic evaluation based on data from the EAGLE trialBMJ Open, vol. 7, no. 1, e013254Contributions to Journals: Articles
Costs, quality of life and cost-effectiveness of arthroscopic and open repair for rotator cuff tears: an economic evaluation alongside the UKUFF trialThe Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - British volume , vol. 98-B, no. 12, pp. 1648–1655Contributions to Journals: Articles
Reporting and dealing with missing quality of life data in RCTs: has the picture changed in the last decade?Quality of Life Research, vol. 25, no. 12, pp. 2977-2983Contributions to Journals: Articles
Supporting genetics in primary care: investigating how theory can inform professional educationEJHG : European journal of human genetics : the official journal of the European Society of Human Genetics. , vol. 24, no. 11, pp. 1541-1546Contributions to Journals: Articles
ROBINS-I: a tool for assessing risk of bias in non-randomized studies of interventionsBMJ, vol. 355, i4919Contributions to Journals: Articles