I am a GP and academic clinical fellow at the University of Edinburgh. I am a member of the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research.
I was part of the evidence review group tasked with updating the asthma diagnosis chapter for the BTS-SIGN asthma guideline in 2016. At present there is much debate over the best diagnostic strategies for asthma. I am investigating how much the pragmatic approach of a structured clinical assessment can influence the diagnosis.
My other main interest is self-management. Our meta-review of supported self management for asthma provided evidence from over 270 RCTs demonstrating that self-management improves asthma care and can be delivered at no extra cost. Asthma self-management is however poorly implemented in the UK. My current work as part of the Implementing Improved Asthma Self-Management as Routine Treatment (IMP2ART) team, aims to understand how self-management can be implemented as part of routine clinical care.
I'm also a member of the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh. My interests are in engaging patients in physical activity and understanding more about the benefits of physical activity on physical and mental health.