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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Effects of mailed dissemination of the Royal College of Radiologists' guidelines on general practitioner referrals for radiography: a time series analysisClinical Radiology, vol. 57, no. 7, pp. 575-578Contributions to Journals: Articles
The method of minimization for allocation to clinical trials: a reviewControlled Clinical Trials, vol. 23, no. 6, pp. 662-674Contributions to Journals: Articles
Epidemiological methodsStudying the organization and delivery of the health services. Fulop, N., Allen, P. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, pp. 56-72, 16 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Statistical assessment of the learning curves of health technologiesHealth Technology Assessment, vol. 5, no. 12, pp. 1-99Contributions to Journals: Articles
Reducing the rates of inappropriate labour inductionCanadian Medical Association Journal, vol. 164, no. 8, pp. 1128-1129Contributions to Journals: Articles
Assessment of the learning curve in health technologies - A systematic reviewInternational Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, vol. 16, pp. 1095-1108Contributions to Journals: Literature Reviews
Evaluation of clinical guidelines for the management of end-stage renal disease in Europe: the EU BIOMED 1 StudyNephrology Dialysis Transplantation, vol. 15, pp. 1394-1398Contributions to Journals: Articles
Symptomatic outcome following laparoscopic anterior partial fundoplication: follow-up of a series of 200 patientsJournal of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, vol. 45, pp. 363-365Contributions to Journals: Articles
Neonatal examination and screening trial (NEST): a randomised, controlled, switchback trial of alternative policies for low risk infantsBritish Medical Journal, vol. 318, no. 7184, pp. 627-631Contributions to Journals: Articles
Comparing outcomes in renal replacement therapy: how should we correct for case mix?American Journal of Kidney Diseases, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 473-8Contributions to Journals: Articles