Dr Hanne Bruhn

Dr Hanne Bruhn
Dr Hanne Bruhn
Dr Hanne Bruhn

MA (Hons), PhD

Research Fellow

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+44 (0)1224 438139
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Health Services Research Unit (HSRU)
3rd Floor, Health Sciences Building
University of Aberdeen
AB25 2ZD

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition


My personal pronouns are she/her.

I’m a Research Fellow at the Health Services Research Unit at the University of Aberdeen. I’m currently working exclusively in Trial Methodology (yay!) with Professor Shaun Treweek, mainly contributing to Trial Forge that aims to be more systematic about how we generate and use research evidence in making trial design, conduct, analysis and reporting decisions.

During my time in HSRU I’ve worked across a range of projects (e.g. ESP2, RECAP, PREP-AIR, ActWELL/ActWELL study, PoINT, Improved Data for Improved Outcomes Project). Prior to joining HSRU, I worked on a variety of Health Services Research projects at the University of Aberdeen (PIPPC, EMMA, eTHoS, UKUFF, MUNROS). using both quantitative and qualitative methods.

I’m working part-time between HSRU, University of Aberdeen, UK and HRB Clinical Research Facility University College Cork, Ireland and I’m a HRB-TMRN Research Associate.

I graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a MA (Hons) in Psychology in 2001 and completed a PhD in Psychology, also from the University of Aberdeen, in 2008.

Feel free to follow me on twitter but consider muting active travel/cycling as I use the account for cycle campaining mainly (unfortunately, Aberdeen is abysmal in this regard).


Current Research

  • Trial Forge: https://www.trialforge.org/
  • INFORM - Improving pre-funding peer review to increase the informativeness of randomised trials (project webpage: INFORM)
  • PRESS (1) - Protocol development for prioritised recruitment and retention strategies, led by Dr Frances Shiely, University College Cork, Ireland
  • PRESS (2) - Protocol and resources development for prioritised recruitment and retention strategies, led by Dr Adwoa Parker, University of York
  • PRO EDI - Tools to help reviewers make equity, diversity and inclusion assessments (project wepage: PRO EDI)
  • Trial Forge Guidance 5: Ethical issues to consider when doing SWATs (studies within a Trial), led by Dr Frances Shiely, University College Cork, Ireland
  • Strategies to improve recruitment to randomised trials (a Cochrane systematic review), led by Dr Adwoa Parker, University of York

Past Research

  • Estimating Site Performance 2 (ESP2)
  • What do researchers think of and want from the Scottish Health Research Register (SHARE): a qualitative study
  • Evidence Packs for Trial Forge
  • Prepare for the real-world evaluation of an intelligent system for breast cancer screening: identify and assess stakeholders’ needs (PRE-AIR)
  • Public involvement in Numerical aspects of Trials (PoINT)
  • Primary Care – Improved Data for Improved Outcomes (GPDash)
  • Developing dissemination materials for the ActWELL trial
  • Reporting clinical trial results appropriately to participants (RECAP)
  • Health Care Reform: the impact on practice, outcomes and costs of New roles for health professionals (MUNROS)
  • UK Rotator cuff surgery trial (UKUFF)
  • Either traditional haemorrhoidectomy or stapled haemorrhoidopexy for haemorrhoidal disease (eTHoS): a pragmatic, multicentre, randomised controlled trial
  • An RCT of an Electronic Medication Management Assistant in improving patient adherence to medicines compared to usual care (EMMA)
  • Developing a RCT of general practice-based, pharmacist-led, management of chronic pain (PIPPC)

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