Dr Julie Cowie

Senior Research Fellow

NMAHP Stirling,

Dr Julie Cowie

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About me

About me

I am a senior research fellow within the NMAHP Research Unit with an interest in implementation science, exploring ways in which theoretically developed interventions are integrated into practice to maximise long-term continued use and effectiveness.

The origins of implementation science include operational research which is where my research career began. In 2000 I obtained my Ph.D. looking at the development and evaluation of an intelligent decision support system. From this my research interests progressed to look at e-Interventions in healthcare settings.  Recent research has cemented my interest in implementation. My current focus is around trying to understand contextual factors around integration of interventions, and barriers and facilitators that impact on successful sustained implementation. To this end I am pursuing a number of projects looking both at contextual issues (different NHS settings, different international settings) and the potential for practical use for a new intervention sustainability framework which I co-developed. This framework uses multicriteria decision analysis (which I used in my Ph.D. research) for supporting intervention sustainability.

I am also interested in Digital Health. To this end I am and have been involved in a number of projects developing/evaluating digital health interventions.

Finally, I have a keen interest in community driven initiatives and working with community stakeholders to design and develop interventions to support better health and wellbeing. I have worked with a number of community organisations using problem structuring methods and group decision support to elicit views on proposed initiatives. I'm keen to further this work.

Ph.D. supervision Interested in supervising Ph.D. in areas of:

Complex intervention evaluation Applied Operational Research Community-led initiatives Digital Health interventions Tools to support healthcare decision making Use of digital services to support those with long term conditions

 

Research (4)

Current projects: Evaluating emerging models of community rehabilitation for people experiencing the effects of long-COVID to inform responsive service delivery across Scotland

Past projects: Evaluation of the Distress Brief Intervention programme (delivered virtually) in a time of global pandemic

SUCCESS project Effective interventions to support the resilience and mental health of frontline health and social care staff during a global health crisis and following de-escalation

Implementation, at scale, of a model to support NICE Guidelines for the management of Osteoarthritis (OA) in primary care

Understanding the needs of homecare workers supporting people with dementia and cancer.

eConsult Evaluation: looking at barriers and facilitators to its use in 11 GP surgeries across Scotland

CHAP - Co-morbidities Health Advice Portal (what works, for whom, and why - UK and Australian study)

Evaluation of Scottish Ambulance Response Model

Systematic review of frameworks to support sustainability of ward-based interventions

Improving quality of life and swallowing function in patients with head and neck cancer: Development and feasibility of a Swallowing Intervention Package (SIP) 2014-2016

Whole system flow evaluation across 4 NHS boards in Scotland

Evaluation of perceptions and priorities of people affected by stroke and their partners/carers towards hypothetical participation in an RCT using intracerebral stem cells in patients with disability.

ScoPIC - Scottish Person Centred Interventions Collaboration (ScoPIC) 2013-2015

ASyMS III

Diagnosis and Optimal Treatment Recommendation for Progressive Illnesses (DOTPI)

Mobile decision making for triage management

Optimisation of cancer chemotherapy schedules using directed intervention crossover approaches

Intelligent user support in decision support systems

SASSA

Outputs (36)

Outputs

Article

Williams B, Hibberd C, Baldie D, Duncan EAS, Elders A, Maxwell M, Rattray JE, Cowie J, Strachan H & Jones MC (2021) Evaluation of the impact of an augmented model of The Productive Ward: Releasing Time to Care on staff and patient outcomes: a naturalistic stepped-wedge trial. BMJ Quality and Safety, 30 (1), pp. 27-37. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjqs-2019-009821

Article

Pollock A, Campbell P, Cheyne J, Cowie J, Davis B, McCallum J, McGill K, Elders A, Hagen S, McClurg D, Torrens C & Maxwell M (2020) Interventions to support the resilience and mental health of frontline health and social care professionals during and after a disease outbreak, epidemic or pandemic: a mixed methods systematic review. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2020 (11), Art. No.: CD013779. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.cd013779

Article

Wells M, King E, Toft K, MacAulay F, Patterson J, Dougall N, Hulbert-Williams N, Boa S, Slaven E, Cowie J, McGarva J, Niblock PG, Philp J & Roe J (2016) Development and feasibility of a Swallowing intervention Package (SiP) for patients receiving radiotherapy treatment for head and neck cancer - the SiP study protocol. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 2 (1), Art. No.: 40. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-016-0079-6

Meeting Abstract

McCann LA, Maguire R, Cowie J, Connaghan J, Paterson C, Hughes J, Di Domenico D & Kearney N (2013) Supportive self-care strategies during chemotherapy treatment: A longitudinal qualitative exploration of the experiences of patients with breast or colorectal cancer. ECCO 17: The European Cancer Congress 2013, Amsterdam, 27/09/2013 - 01/10/2013. European Journal of Cancer, 49 (Supplement 2), pp. S377-S377. http://eccamsterdam2013.ecco-org.eu/Scientific-Programme/Abstract-search.aspx#; https://doi.org/10.1016/S0959-8049%2813%2970062-5

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Cowie J, Maguire R, McCann LA, Connaghan J, Hughes J, Di Domenico D & Kearney N (2012) Evaluation of Impact of ASyMS. Health Informatics Scotland 2012, Glasgow, 20.09.2012-21.09.2012. http://www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk/media/CLT/ResourceUploads/4017417/Delegate%20booklet%20Final-web.pdf

Conference Proceeding

Brownlee A, Wu Y, McCall J, Godley PM, Cairns D & Cowie J (2008) Optimisation and Fitness Modelling of Bio-control in Mushroom Farming Using a Markov Network EDA. In: Keijzer M (ed.) Proceedings of the 10th annual conference on Genetic and evolutionary computation, (GECCO-2008). Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, GECCO-2008, Atlanta, Georgia, 12.07.2008-16.07.2008. New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), pp. 465-466. https://doi.org/10.1145/1389095.1389180

Conference Proceeding

Godley PM, Cairns D, Cowie J, McCall J & Swingler K (2008) The Effects of Mutation and Directed Intervention Crossover When Applied to Scheduling Chemotherapy. In: Keijzer M (ed.) Proceedings of the 10th annual conference on Genetic and evolutionary computation (GECCO). ACM Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) 2008, Atlanta, Georgia, 12.07.2008-16.07.2008. New York, USA: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), pp. 1105-1106. http://portal.acm.org/toc.cfm?id=1389095&type=proceeding&coll=GUIDE&dl=GUIDE&CFID=47644191&CFTOKEN=12932833; https://doi.org/10.1145/1389095.1389300

Conference Proceeding

Cowie J, Swingler K, Leadbetter C, Maguire R, McCall K & Kearney N (2008) ASYMS-SERAT: A Side-Effect Risk Assessment Tool to Predict Chemotherapy Related Toxicity in Patients with Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy. In: Azevedo L & Londral AR (eds.) Proceedings of the First International Conference on Health Informatics, HEALTHINF 2008, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, January 28-31, 2008, Volume 2. HEALTHINF - International Conference on Health Informatics 2008, Madeira, Portugal, 28.01.2008-31.01.2008. Setubal, Portugal: INSTICC - Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication, pp. 225-230. http://www.healthinf.biostec.org/Healthinf2008/

Conference Proceeding

Godley PM, Cairns D, Cowie J & McCall J (2008) Fitness Directed Intervention Crossover Approaches Applied to Bio-Scheduling Problems. In: Proceedings of the IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, 2008. CIBCB '08. 2008 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Sun Valley, Idaho, 15.09.2008-17.09.2008. Hoboken NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), pp. 120-127. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/mostRecentIssue.jsp?punumber=4669529; https://doi.org/10.1109/CIBCB.2008.4675768

Conference Proceeding

Godley PM, Cowie J, Cairns D, McCall J & Howie C (2008) Optimisation of cancer chemotherapy schedules using directed intervention crossover approaches. In: IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, 2008. CEC 2008. (IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence). IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence. IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation 2008, CEC 2008, Hong Kong, 01.06.2008-06.06.2008. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), pp. 2532-2537. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/servlet/opac?punumber=4625778; https://doi.org/10.1109/CEC.2008.4631138

Book Chapter

Blunn M, Cowie J, Cairns D, Wilson C & Davidson D (2007) Mobile decision making and knowledge management: supporting geoarchaelogists in the field. In: Cardoso J, Cordeiro J & Filipe J (eds.) ICEIS 2007 - Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems Volume AIDSS June 12-16, 2007, Funchal, Portugal. ICEIS - International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems conference series. Denmark: Interaction Design Foundation, pp. 57-62. http://www.interaction-design.org/references/conferences/iceis_2007_-_proceedings_of_the_ninth_international_conference_on_enterprise_information_systems_volume_aidss.html

Conference Proceeding

Godley PM, Cairns D & Cowie J (2007) Directed intervention crossover applied to bio-control scheduling. In: IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, 2007. CEC 2007.. IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, 2007. CEC 2007., Singapore, 25.09.2007-28.09.2007. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, pp. 638 -645. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?arnumber=4424531; https://doi.org/10.1109/CEC.2007.4424531

Conference Proceeding

Godley PM, Cairns D & Cowie J (2007) Maximising the Efficiency of Bio-control Applications Utilising Genetic Algorithms. In: Parker C, Skerrat S, Park C & Shields J (eds.) Proceedings of the 6th Biennial Conference of European Federation of IT in Agriculture (EFITA). 6th Biennial Conference of the European Federation of IT in Agriculture (EFITA/WCCA' 07), 2007, Glasgow, 02.07.2007-05.07.2007, pp. 638-645.

Conference Proceeding

Godley PM, Cowie J & Cairns D (2007) Novel Genetic Algorithm Crossover Approaches for Time-series Problems. In: Ridge E, Stutzle R, Birattari M & Hoos H (eds.) SLS-DS 2007: Doctoral Symposium on Engineering Stochastic Local Search Algorithms. IRIDIA - Technical Report Series, TR/IRIDIA/2007-014. SLS-DS 2007: Doctoral Symposium on Engineering Stochastic Local Search Algorithms, Brussels, Belgium, 06.09.2007-08.09.2007. Brussels, Belgium: IRIDIA, pp. 47-51. http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/IridiaTrSeries/link/IridiaTr2007-014.pdf

Conference Proceeding

Cowie J, Oteniya L & Coles R (2007) Particle Swarm Optimisation for learning Bayesian Networks. In: Ao S, Gelman L, Hukins DWL, Hunter A & Korsunsky AM (eds.) Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering 2007, Vol I, WCE 2007, July 2 - 4, 2007, London, U.K.. Lecture Notes in Engineering and Computer Science. ICCIIS 2007, World Congress on Engineering, WCE 2007, London, 02.07.2007-04.07.2007. Newswood Limited / International Association of Engineers (IAENG), pp. 71-76. http://www.iaeng.org/publication/WCE2007/