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Title: Dr
First Name: Aileen
Surname: Grant
Position: Senior Research Fellow
Telephone: +44 (0) 1224 262983
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ORCID: ORCID Icon http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6146-101X

Aileen is a medical sociologist and her research focuses on improving understandings of health care safety, risk, wellbeing and self-care, particularly focusing on multimorbidity and polypharmacy in primary care. She is interested in how health inequalities influence these experiences and understandings. Aileen also has a methodological interest in process evaluations and digital health interventions.

Aileen is lead for public and patient involvement and convener of the School’s ethics committee.  She also sits on local steering and advisory groups, supervises PhD students and holds an honorary research fellow appointment with the University of Stirling.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Developing research activity
  • Masters and PhD supervision
  • Convening school ethics committee
  • Developing public and patient involvement
  • Teaching research methods and ethics

Academic Background

Aileen has a first degree in Public Policy. Since graduating with a Masters in Public Health and Health Services Research in 2000, she has worked in research posts in Scotland and Australia. Aileen obtained her PhD from the University of Dundee in 2010 and since then her research has focused on understandings of safety and risk, exploring prescribing safety, developing and evaluating complex interventions, exploring experiences and understandings of self-care and health inequalities.

Research Interests

  • Multimorbidity and polypharmacy
  • Understandings of risk, safety and wellbeing
  • Experiences of self-care and self-management in the patient centred era
  • Health inequalities
  • Developing and evaluating complex interventions
  • Process evaluation methodology
  • Digital health

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Aileen_Grant

Funding

Flora Douglas, Aileen Grant (CO-I), Angela Kydd, Scott Cunningham, Catriona Kennedy, An investigation of health and social care (HSC) early entrant experiences and coping strategies during rapid transition into professional practice during the COVID-19 pandemic, Chief Scientist Office, £55965 May-Oct 2020

Angela Kydd, Aileen Grant (CO-I), Set up of an Ageing Research Network, NHS Grampian Endowments, £4200

Sinead Currie, Aileen Grant (CO-I), Stephan Dombrowski, Hannah Welshman, Co-production of an intervention promoting preconception health and reducing childhood obesity in deprived areas of Scotland. £40000 from Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity Fund and £40000 from University of Stirling.

Aileen Grant (PI), Derek Stewart, Katie McLure, Katie Gallacher, Alpana Mair, Exploring the burden of polypharmacy treatment for elderly people from Orkney. £6893 RGU Pump Priming Grant. November 2018-July 2019

Aileen Grant (PI), Catriona Kennedy, Joanna Lironi. Acceptability of wearable real-time neonatal device to enable home monitoring and treatment of jaundice for new born babies from a rural setting. £7387 Digital Health Institute, September 2018-September 2020.

Tobias Drieschulte, Alpana Mair, Nicola Gray, Jan Böhnke, Aileen Grant (CO-I), Carl May. Development and psychometric testing of an instrument to examine implementation processes. £17258 Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre (SISCC) 01/05/2018 to 30/04/2018.

Catriona Kennedy, Aileen Grant (CO-I). An evaluation of Queen’s Nursing Programme. Queens Nursing Institute Scotland. £75000 March 2017

Aileen Grant (PI), Sinead Currie, Supporting health behaviours in postnatal women. £1000 joint funding from the Facilities of Health Sciences and Sport and Natural Sciences, University Stirling. October 2016 to July 2018.

Sinead Currie, Andrew Kirkland, Aileen Grant (CO-I), Perceptions of pre-pregnancy physical activity guidance and advice in General Practice. £750 funding from the Stirling Crucible. August 2016 to August 2017.

Tobias Drieschulte, Bruce Guthrie, Suzanne Grant, Aileen Grant (CO-I), Nicola Gray. Pharmacist and Data-Driven Quality Improvement in Primary Care. £287400 Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre (SISCC) June 2015 – June 2020

SHARE - Scottish Health Research Register. Frank Sullivan, Aileen Grant (CO-I), Jill Belch. NRS grant £362455. 1/1/2013 - 30/6/2015.

Development of an educational video to promote and explain the Scottish Health Research Register (SHARE). Aileen Grant (PI) and Frank Sullivan £9999. Tayside Centre for Academic Sciences, NHS Tayside. 2011

A pilot study of feasibility of a Scottish Research Register.  CSO Small Grant £50,000 CZG/2/509.  Frank Sullivan, Shaun Treweek, Aileen Grant (CO-I), Janet Hanley, Brian McKinstry. £10000 each was also received from NHS Lothian and NHS Tayside to support this project. 2011-2012

Professional Memberships

British Sociological Association.

Publications

TANG, J., TOMA, M., GRAY, N., DELVAUX, J., GUTHRIE, B., GRANT, A., DUNCAN, E. and DREISCHULTE, T., 2020. Pharmacist and Data-driven Quality Improvement in Primary Care (P-DQIP): A qualitative study of anticipated implementation factors informed by the Theoretical Domains Framework. BMJ Open, 10(2). http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033574

GRANT, A. and CURRIE, S., 2020. Qualitative exploration of the acceptability of a postnatal pelvic floor muscle training intervention to prevent urinary incontinence. BMC Women’s Health, 20, 9 (2020).

SISSONS, A., GRANT, A., KIRKLAND, A. and CURRIE, S., 2019. Using the theoretical domains framework to explore primary health care practitioner’s perspectives and experiences of preconception physical activity guidance and promotion. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 25(7).
doi:10.1080/13548506.2019.1679846

HAGEN, S., MCCLURG, D., BUGGE, C., HAY-SMITH, J., DEAN, S., ELDERS, A., GLAZENER, C., ABDEL-FATTAH, M., AGUR, W., BOOTH, J., GUERRERO, K., NORRIE, J., KILONZO, M., MCPHERSON, G., MCDONALD, A., STRATTON, S., SERGENSON, N., GRANT, A. and WILSON, L., 2019. Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of basic versus biofeedback-medicated intensive pelvic floor muscle training for female stress or mixed urinary incontinence: protocol for the OPAL randomised trial. BMJ Open, Feb 2019, 9(2), e024153.
doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024153

GRANT, A., DEAN, S., HAY-SMITH, J., HAGEN, S., MCCLURG, D., TAYLOR, A., KOVANDZIC, M. and BUGGE, C., 2019. Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness randomised controlled trial of basic versus biofeedback-mediated intensive pelvic floor muscle training for female stress or mixed urinary incontinence: protocol for the OPAL (Optimising Pelvic floor Exercises to Achieve Long-term benefits) trial mixed methods longitudinal qualitative case study and process evaluation. BMJ Open, Feb 2019, 9(2) e024152;
doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024152 

DREISCHULTE, T., GRANT, A., HAPCA, A. and GUTHRIE, B., 2018. Process evaluation of the Data-driven Quality Improvement in Primary Care (DQIP) trial: quantitative examination of variation between practices in recruitment, implementation and effectiveness. BMJ Open, 8: e017133 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017133.

GRANT, A., DREISCHULTE, T. and GUTHRIE, B., 2017. Process evaluation of the Data-driven Quality Improvement in Primary Care (DQIP) trial: case study evaluation of adoption and maintenance of a complex intervention to reduce high-risk primary care prescribing. BMJ Open, 7, e015281. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015281.

GRANT, A., DREISCHULTE, T. and GUTHRIE, B., 2017. Process evaluation of the Data-driven Quality Improvement in Primary Care (DQIP) trial: Active and less active ingredients of a multi-component complex intervention to reduce high-risk primary care prescribing. Implementation Science, 12, p. 4. doi:10.1186/s13012-016-0531-2.

GRANT, A., TREWEEK, S. and WELLS, M., 2016. Why is so much clinical research ignored and what can we do about it? British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 77(10), pp. 500-501. doi:10.12968/hmed.2016.77.10.554.

DREISCHULTE, T., DONNAN, P., GRANT, A., HAPCA, A., MCCOWAN, C. and GUTHRIE, B., 2016. A cluster randomised stepped wedge trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a multifaceted information technology-based intervention in reducing high-risk prescribing of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and antiplatelets in primary medical care. New England Journal of Medicine, 374, pp. 1053-1064.
doi:10.1056/NEJMsa1508955

GRANT, A., GUTHRIE, B. and DREISCHULTE, T., 2014. Developing a complex intervention to improve prescribing safety in primary care: mixed methods feasibility and optimisation study. BMJ Open, 4, e004153. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004153.

GRANT, A., DREISCHULTE, T., and GUTHRIE, B., 2013. Parallel process evaluation using a proposed framework for the design and reporting of process evaluations for cluster randomised trials of complex interventions. Trials, 14(Suppl. 1), p. 088.

GRANT, A., URE, J., NICOLSON, D., HANLEY, J., SHEIKH, A., MCKINSTRY, B. and SULLIVAN, F., 2013. Acceptability and perceived barriers and facilitators to creating a national Research Register to enable 'direct to patient' enrolment into research: the Scottish Health Research Register (SHARE). BMC Health Services Research, 13, p. 422.

GRANT, A., SULLIVAN, F. and DOWELL, J., 2013. An ethnographic exploration of influences on prescribing in general practice; why is research evidence not always implemented? Implementation Science, 8, p. 72.

DAVEY, P., TULLY, V., GRANT, A., DAY, R., KER, J., MARR, C., MIRES, G. and NATHWANI, D., 2013. Learning from errors: what is the return on investment from training medical students in incident review? Clinical Risk, 19(1), pp. 1-5.

GRANT, A., TREWEEK, S., DREISCHULTE, T., FOY, R. and GUTHRIE, B., 2013. Process evaluations for cluster randomised trials of complex interventions: a proposed framework for design and reporting. Trials, 14, p. 15.

GRANT, A., DREISCHULTE, T., TREWEEK, S. and GUTHRIE, B., 2012. Study protocol of a mixed-methods evaluation of a cluster randomized trial to improve the safety of NSAID and antiplatelet prescribing: data-driven quality improvement in primary care. Trials, 13, p. 154.

DREISCHULTE, T., GRANT, A., DONNAN, P., MCCOWAN, C., DAVEY, P., PETRIE, D., TREWEEK, S. and GUTHRIE, B., 2012. A cluster randomised stepped wedge trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a multifaceted information technology-based intervention in reducing high-risk prescribing of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and antiplatelets in primary medical care – The DQIP study protocol. Implementation Science, 7, p. 24.

DREISCHULTE, T., GRANT, A., MCCOWAN, C., MCANAW, J. and GUTHRIE, B., 2012. Quality and safety of medication use in primary care: consensus validation of a new set of explicit medication assessment criteria and prioritisation topics for improvement. BMC Clinical Pharmacology, 12, p. 5.

SULLIVAN, F., TREWEEK, S., GRANT, A., DALY, F., NICOLSON, D., MCKINSTRY, B., HANLEY, J., URE, J. and SHEIKH, A., 2011. Improving recruitment to clinical trials with a register of a million patients who agree to the use of their clinical records for research in the Scottish Health Research Register (SHARE). Trials, 12(Suppl 1), p. A115. doi:10.1186/1745-6215-12-S1-A115.

Teaching Interests

  • Research methods
  • Research ethics