Professor Craig Ramsay

Professor Craig Ramsay

Director of Health Services Research Unit

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

Professor Craig Ramsay
Professor Craig Ramsay

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The University of Aberdeen Health Services Research Unit (HSRU)
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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.



PhD, Public Health University of Aberdeen 2000
PGDip, Information Systems Edinburgh Napier University 1994
BSc, Mathematics and statistics University of Edinburgh 1993

Research Areas

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  • 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


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

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

Research 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 Trial Protocol Tool: the PRACTIHC software tool that supported the writing of protocols for pragmatic randomized controlled trials

    Treweek, S. P., McCormack, K., Abalos, E., Campbell, M. K., Ramsay, C. R., Zwarenstein, M., PRACTIHC Collaboration

    Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, vol. 59, no. 11, pp. 1127-1133

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • The effects of reference pricing and other drug pricing policies

    Aaserud, M., Dahlgren, A. A., Kosters, J. P., Strum, H., Ramsay, C. R., Oxman, A. D.

    Regulatory Rapporteur, vol. 3, no. 10, pp. 2-8

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Effect of enhanced feedback and brief educational reminder messages on laboratory test requesting in primary care: a cluster randomised trial

    Thomas, R. E., Croal, B. L., Ramsay, C. R., Eccles, M. P., Grimshaw, J. M.

    The Lancet, vol. 367, no. 9527, pp. 1990-1996

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Pharmaeutical policies: effects of reference pricing, other pricing, and purchasing policies

    Aaserud, M., Austvoll-Dahlgren, A., Kosters, J. P., Oxman, A. D., Ramsay, C., Sturm, H.

    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, no. 2, CD005979

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • A comparison of imputation methods for trial data collected by reminder. 2006 International Society for Quality of Life reserach meeting abstracts

    Fielding, S., Fayers, P., Ramsay, C. R., Campbell, M. K.

    Quality of Life Research

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Systematic review of the antimicrobial drug prescribing in hospitals

    Davey, P., Brown, E. A., Fenelon, L., Finch, R., Gould, I., Holmes, A., Ramsay, C. R., Taylor, E., Wiffen, P., Wilcox, M.

    Emerging Infectious Diseases, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 211-216

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Interventions to improve antibiotic prescribing practices for hospital inpatients

    Davey, P., Brown, E., Fenelon, L., Finch, R., Gould, I., Hartman, G., Holmes, A., Ramsay, C., Taylor, E., Wilcox, M., Wiffen, P. J.

    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, no. 4, CD003543

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Effect of multivitamin and multimineral supplements on morbidity from infections in older people (MAVIS trial): pragmatic, randomised, double blind, placebo controlled trial

    Avenell, A., Campbell, M. K., Cook, J. A., Hannaford, P. C., Kilonzo, M. M., McNeill, G., Milne, A. C., Ramsay, C. R., Seymour, D. G., Stephen, A. I., Vale, L. D., Writing Group on the MAVIS trial

    British Medical Journal, vol. 331, no. 7512, pp. 324-329

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Effectiveness and efficiency of guideline dissemination and implementation strategies

    Grimshaw, J. M., Thomas, R. E., MacLennan, G., Fraser, C., Ramsay, C. R., Vale, L., Whitty, P., Eccles, M. P., Matowe, L., Shirran, L., Wensing, M., Dijkstra, R., Donaldson, C.

    International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, vol. 21, no. 1

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Experimental evaluations of change and improvements strategies

    Eccles, M., Campbell, M. K., Ramsay, C. R.

    Improving patient care: the implementation of change in clinical practice., pp. 235-247, 12 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

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