Dr. Aileen Grant

Research Fellow


Mackenzie Building
Kirsty Semple Way

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A mixed method  health services researcher, with most experience in qualitative research methods. Aileen has a BA (Hons) in Public Policy and Management (1998) from the Robert Gordon University, an MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research (2000) from the University of Aberdeen and a PhD titled ‘What influences prescribing in general practice; an ethnographic exploration’ (2010) from the University of Dundee.

Since completing her MSc Aileen has worked on quality and safety improvement projects at the University of Aberdeen, the University of Dundee and in Australia, at the University of Technology Sydney and Monash University in Melbourne. Aileen also contributes regularly to undergraduate and post graduate teaching. 


Currently, leading the qualitative pre-trial and mixed method parallel process evaluation of the Data driven quality improvement in Primary Care (DQIP) trial. This is a five year research programme funded by the CSO to improve the safety of GP prescribing.

Aileen’s main research interests are in developing projects which focus on organisational culture, professional behaviour change and health care users perspectives to improve the quality and safety of health care.


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

Grant A, Ure J,, Nicolson D, Hanley J, Sheikh A, McKinstry B, Sullivan F, 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.2013, 13:422.

Grant A, Sullivan F, Dowell J, An ethnographic exploration of influences on prescribing in general practice; why is research evidence not always implemented? Implementation Science 2013: 8; 72

Davey P, Tully V, Grant A, Day R, Ker J, Marr C, Mires G, Nathwani D, Learning from errors: what is the return on investment from training medical students in incident review? Clinical Risk 2013; 19 (1): 1-5

Grant A, Treweek S, Dreischulte T, Foy R, Guthrie B, Process evaluations for cluster randomised trials of complex interventions: a proposed framework for design and reporting. Trials 2013: 14: 15

Grant A, Dreischulte T, Treweek S, Guthrie B, 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 2012: 13; 154

Dreischulte T, Grant A, Donnan P, McCowan C, Davey P, Petrie D, Treweek S, Guthrie B, 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 2012: 7; 24

Dreischulte T, Grant A, McCowan C, McAnaw J, Guthrie B, 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 2012: 12; 5

Sullivan F, Treweek S, Grant A, Daly F, Nicolson D, McKinstry B, Hanley J, Ure J, Sheikh A: 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 2011: 12(Suppl 1):A115. doi:10.1186/1745-6215-12-S1-A115

Scott, A., Bond, C.M.., Inch, J., Grant. A., The preferences of community pharmacists for extended roles in primary care. A survey and discrete choice experiment. Pharmacoeconomics 2007:25; 783-792

Grant A, van Teijlingen E, Wilson B, Forest-Keenan K, Torrance N & Haites N, ‘Does breast cancer genetic counselling meet women’s expectations? A qualitative study’ Critical Public Health 2006; 16 (4): 281-293

Inch J, Bond C, Lee A, Scott A, Grant A, Scottish Community Pharmacists current involvement in and attitudes towards extended service provision: A national survey. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice 2005, 13:289-301

Grant A, Bond C, Inch J & Scott A, Examining different remuneration models for community pharmacy.  International Journal of Pharmacy Practice 2003: 11: R9

Inch J, Bond C, Grant A & Laing A, Exploiting IT: benefits for community pharmacy and consumers. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice 2002: 10(suppl): R98 


Aileen leads a post-graduate research methods module and is deputy co-ordinator of undergraduate behavioural science teaching.