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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The translation research in a dental setting (TRiaDS) programme protocolImplementation Science, vol. 5, 57Contributions to Journals: Articles
Effect of point-of-care computer reminders on physician behaviour: A systematic reviewCanadian Medical Association Journal, vol. 182, no. 5, pp. E216-E225Contributions to Journals: Articles
Beliefs about surgery: Development and validation of an instrument to assess cognitive representations about surgery, in the context of a chronic illnessPsychology & Health, vol. 24, no. 10, pp. 1125-1137Contributions to Journals: Articles
How to Influence Patient Oral Hygiene Behavior EffectivelyJournal of Dental Research, vol. 88, no. 10, pp. 933-937Contributions to Journals: Articles
The effects of on-screen, point of care computer reminders on processes and outcomes of careCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, no. 3Contributions to Journals: Articles
Investigating the missing data mechanism in quality of life outcomes: a comparison of approachesHealth and Quality of Life Outcomes, vol. 7, no. -, 57Contributions to Journals: Articles
Can't do it, won't do it! Developing a theoretically framed intervention to encourage better decontamination practice in Scottish dental practicesImplementation Science, vol. 4Contributions to Journals: Articles
The Knee Arthroplasty Trial (KAT): design features, baseline characteristics, and two-year functional outcomes after alternative approaches to knee replacementThe Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. American Volume, vol. 91, no. 1, pp. 134-141Contributions to Journals: Articles
Minimal access surgery compared with medical management for chronic gastro-oesophageal reflux disease: UK collaborative randomised trialBritish Medical Journal, vol. 338, a2664Contributions to Journals: Articles
Minimal access surgery compared with medical management for chronic gastro-oesophageal reflux disease: UK collaborative randomised trialBritish Medical Journal, vol. 337, a2664Contributions to Journals: Articles