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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  • Statistical evaluation of learning curve effects in surgical trials

    Cook, J. A., Ramsay, C. R., Fayers, P.

    Clinical Trials, vol. 1, no. 5, pp. 421-427

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • A randomised controlled trial of a tailored, multifaceted strategy to promote implementation of a clinical guideline on induced abortion care

    Foy, R., Penney, G., Grimshaw, J. M., Ramsay, C. R., Walker, A. E., MacLennan, G. S., Stearns, S. C., McKenzie, L., Glasier, A.

    BJOG-An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol. 111, no. 7, pp. 726-733

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Effectiveness and efficiency of guideline dissemination and implementation strategies

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

    Health Technology Assessment, vol. 8, no. 6, pp. 1-352

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Effectiveness of strategies to disseminate and implement clinical guidelines for the management of impacted and unerupted third molars in primary dental care, a cluster randomised controlled trial

    Bahrami, M., Deery, C., Clarkson, J. E., Pitts, N. B., Johnston, M., Ricketts, I., MacLennan, G., Nugent, Z. J., Tilley, C., Bonetti, D., Ramsay, C.

    British Dental Journal, vol. 197, pp. 691-696

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Sample size calculator for cluster randomized trials

    Campbell, M. K., Thomson, S., Ramsay, C. R., MacLennan, G. S.

    Computers in Biology and Medicine, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 113-125

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • The impact of guidelines on mild hypertension in pregnancy: time series analysis

    Foy, R., Ramsay, C. R., Penney, G., Vale, L. D., Thomson, A. P., Greer, I.

    BJOG-An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol. 111, no. 8, pp. 765-770

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Interrupted time series designs in health technology assessment: lessons from two systematic reviews of behavior change strategies

    Ramsay, C. R., Matowe, L., Grilli, R., Grimshaw, J. M., Thomas, R. E.

    International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 613-623

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Systematic review of the effectiveness of quality improvement strategies and programmes

    Grimshaw, J., McAuley, L. M., Bero, L., Grilli, R., Oxman, A. D., Ramsay, C. R., Vale, L. D., Zwarenstein, M.

    Quality improvement research. Grol, R., Baker, R., Moss, F. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 79-96, 17 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Assessing the long-term effect of educational reminder messages on primary care radiology referrals

    Ramsay, C. R., Eccles, M. P., Steen, N.

    Clinical Radiology, vol. 58, no. 4, pp. 319-321

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Guideline dissemination and implementation strategies: a systematic review of effectiveness and efficiency

    Thomas, R. E., MacLennan, G. S., Fraser, C. M., Ramsay, C. R., Vale, L. D., Whitty, P., Eccles, M., Matowe, L., Shirran, E. A.

    Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol. 57, no. 9 Suppl 1

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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