Dr Neil Scott
Dr Neil Scott

Dr Neil Scott

MA, MSc, PhD

Research Fellow

Accepting PhDs

About

Medical Statistics Team, Division of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Polwarth Building, Foresterhill, ABERDEEN AB25 2ZD, UK.

Biography

Dr Neil Scott graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1995 with an MA in Mathematics and has an MSc in Applied Statistics from Napier University.  He obtained a PhD from the University of Aberdeen in 2007. 

From 1997 to 2001 he worked as a medical statistician in the Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen, where he worked on clinical trials and systematic reviews, particularly in surgery.

Since joining the Medical Statistics Team (originally part of the Dept of Public Health) in 2001, he has collaborated on a large number of medical research projects in a wide variety of clinical areas.

He has an interest in the development and validation of quality-of-life instruments.  His PhD project involved using differential item functioning (DIF) analyses to detemine whether there were linguistic or cultural differences in responses to the EORTC QLQ-C30 questionnaire.

He has an interest in systematic reviews and meta-analysis and has co-authored many systematic reviews including several Cochrane reviews.  He is also interested in complex systematic review methodologies, such as network meta-analysis, and is a member of the Aberdeen team critiquing technology assessments for NICE.

He also worked as a statistical consultant for NHS staff and participates in a variety of teaching activities including delivering statistical courses for staff.  He is course co-ordinator for the PU5522 and PU5017 courses (Applied Statistics) and is a lecturer for the Systematic Reviewing and Evidence Based Health courses.

Research

Research Overview

Neil’s main research interests include:

  • Randomised controlled trials, including methods of randomisation
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analysis, including individual patient data (IPD) reviews and network meta-analyses
  • Health-related quality of life (HRQoL)
  • Differential item functioning (DIF) methods
  • Methods to assess translations of HRQoL questionnaires
  • Case-control studies
  • Statistical consultancy

 

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Applied Health Sciences.


Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Applied Health Sciences

Supervising
Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • 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 licence.

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

Contribution to:

PU5522 Applied Statistics (online) (lecturer and course co-ordinator)

PU5017 Applied Statistics (lecturer and course co-ordinator)

PU5526 Systematic Reviewing (lecturer)

PU5031 Evidence-Based Health (online) (lecturer)

SPSS staff course (lecturer)

Intermediate Statistics staff course (lecturer)

PhD Statistics Course (tutor)

Statistical consultancies (NHS and University staff)

Student clinics

Publications

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  • Reducing asthma attacks in children using exhaled nitric oxide (RAACENO) as a biomarker to inform treatment strategy: a multicentre, parallel, randomised, controlled, phase 3 trial

    Turner, S., Cotton, S., Wood, J., Bell, V., Raja, E. A., Scott, N., Morgan, H., Lawrie, L., Emele, D., Kennedy, C., Scotland, G., Fielding, S., MacLennan, G., Norrie, J., Forrest, M., Gaillard, E. A., de Jongste, J. C., Pijnenburg, M. W., Thomas, M., Price, D.
    The Lancet. Respiratory medicine, vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 584-592
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Treatment guided by fractional exhaled nitric oxide in addition to standard care in 6- to 15-year-olds with asthma: the RAACENO RCT

    Turner, S., Cotton, S., Wood, J., Bell, V., Raja, E. A., Scott, N., Morgan, H., Lawrie, L., Emele, D., Kennedy, C., Scotland, G., Fielding, S., MacLennan, G., Norrie, J., Forrest, M., Gaillard, E. A., de Jongeste, J., Pijnenburg, M. W., Thomas, M., Price, D.
    Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation, vol. 9, no. 4
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Emergency General Surgery: Impact of Distance and Rurality on Mortality

    Ramsay, G., Scott, N., Bekheit, M., Watson, A., Jansen, J. J., Wohlgemut, J.
    BJS Open, vol. 6, no. 2, zrac032
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Open versus laparoscopic repair of inguinal hernia: an overview of systematic reviews of randomised controlled trials

    Haladu, N., Alabi, A., Brazzelli, M., Imamura, M., Ahmed, I., Ramsay, G., Scott, N. W.
    Surgical Endoscopy
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Predictors of recruitment and retention in randomised controlled trials of behavioural smoking cessation interventions: a systematic review and meta-regression analysis

    Bricca, A., Swithenbank, Z., Scott, N., Treweek, S., Johnston, M., Black, N., Hartmann-Boyce, J., West, R., Michie, S., de Bruin, M.
    Addiction, vol. 117, no. 2, pp. 299-311
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Risk of Recurrent Stillbirth in Subsequent Pregnancies

    Lamont, K., Scott, N., Gissler, M., Gatt, M., Bhattacharya, S.
    Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 139, no. 1, pp. 31-40
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Mesh fixation techniques for inguinal hernia repair: an overview of systematic reviews of randomised controlled trials

    Alabi, A., Haladu, N., Scott, N., Imamura, M., Ahmed, I., Ramsay, G., Brazzelli, M.
    Hernia
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Could High-Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin Testing Rule Out Acute Myocardial Infarction in the Prehospital Setting?

    Cooper, J., Ferguson, J., Donaldson, L. A., Black, K. M., Horrill, J. L., Davidson, E. M., Scott, N., Fujisawa, T., Chapman, A. R., Mills, N. L.
    Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 78, no. 23, pp. 2392-2394
    Contributions to Journals: Letters
  • A multicentre open label randomised clinical trial using exhaled nitric oxide in addition to standard care to reduce asthma attacks in children

    Turner, S., Cotton, S., Wood, J., Bell, V., Raja, E. A., Scott, N., Morgan, H., Lawrie, L., Emele, D., Kennedy, C., Scotland, G., Fielding, S., MacLennan, G., Norrie, J., Forrest, M., Gaillard, E. A., Gaillard, E. A., de Jongeste, J., Pijnenburg, M. W., Thomas, M., Price, D.
    Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Cross-cultural differences and psychometric properties of the Japanese Actions and Feelings Questionnaire (J-AFQ)

    Huggins, C., Cameron, I., Scott, N., Williams, J. H., Yoshikawa, S., Sato, W.
    Frontiers in Psychology
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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