I am a health services researcher 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 aiming 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.
Interested in supervising Ph.D. in areas of:
Complex intervention evaluation
Digital Health interventions
Tools to support healthcare decision making
Use of digital services to support those with long term conditions
Event / Presentation
ASYMS-SERAT: A Side-Effect Risk Assessment Tool to Predict Chemotherapy Related Toxicity in Patients with Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy. HEALTHINF - International Conference on Health Informatics 2008
http://www.healthinf.biostec.org/HEALTHINF2008/ The purpose of the International Conference on Health Informatics is to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) to healthcare and medicine in general and to the specialized support to persons with special needs in particular.Databases, networking, graphical interfaces, intelligent decision support systems and specialized programming languages are just a few of the technologies currently used in medical informatics. Mobility and ubiquity in healthcare systems, standardization of technologies and procedures, certification, privacy are some of the issues that medical informatics professionals and the ICT industry in general need to address in order to further promote ICT in healthcare.
Particle Swarm Optimisation for learning Bayesian Networks. ICCIIS 2007, World Congress on Engineering, WCE 2007
eConsult Evaluatlon: looking at barriers and facilitators to its use in 11 GP surgeries across Scotland
CHAP - Co-morbities Health Advice Portal (what works, for whom, and why - UK and Australian study)
Evaluation of Scottish Ambulance Response Model
Systematice 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
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
Cowie J, Boa S, King E, Wells M & Cairns D (2018) Electronic Swallowing Intervention Package to Support Swallowing Function in Patients With Head and Neck Cancer: Development and Feasibility Study. JMIR Formative Research, 2 (2), Art. No.: e15. https://doi.org/10.2196/formative.9703
Cowie J & Burstein F (2018) A decision support tool for supporting individuals living with long-term conditions make informed choices: LTC-Choices tool for continuous healthcare. Journal of Decision Systems, 27 (Supplement 1), pp. 123-131. https://doi.org/10.1080/12460125.2018.1460157
Cowie J, Calveley E, Bowers G & Bowers J (2018) Evaluation of a Digital Consultation and Self-Care Advice Tool in Primary Care: A Multi-Methods Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15 (5), Art. No.: 896. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15050896
Cunningham NA, Abhyankar P, Cowie J, Galinsky J & Methven K (2018) Regenerative medicine: Stroke survivor and carer views and motivations towards a proposed stem cell clinical trial using placebo neurosurgery. Health Expectations, 21 (1), pp. 367-378. https://doi.org/10.1111/hex.12632
Cowie J, Boa S, King E & Wells M (2017) e-SIP: exploring the feasibility and development of an electronic swallowing intervention package to support patients with head and neck cancer. In: unknown. BCS Health Informatics Scotland Conference, Edinburgh, 03.10.2017-04.10.2017. unpublished.
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
Beattie M, Shepherd A, Lauder W, Atherton I, Cowie J & Murphy D (2016) Development and preliminary psychometric properties of the Care Experience Feedback Improvement Tool (CEFIT). BMJ Open, 6 (6), Art. No.: e010101. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010101
Cowie J, McCann LA, Maguire R, Kearney N, Paterson C, Connaghan J, Hughes J & Di Domenico D (2013) Real-time management of chemotherapy toxicity using the Advanced Symptom Management System (ASyMS). Journal of Decision Systems, 22 (1), pp. 43-52. https://doi.org/10.1080/12460125.2012.760269
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
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
Cowie J, Cairns D, Blunn M, Wilson C, Pollard E & Davidson D (2009) A Mobile Knowledge Management and Decision Support Tool for Soil Analysis. International Journal of Information Management, 29 (5), pp. 397-406. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2009.02.004
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
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
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/
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
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
Burstein F, Cowie J, Zaslavsky A & San Pedro J (2008) Support for real-time decision making in Mobile Financial Applications. Information Systems and E-Business Management, 6 (3), pp. 257-278. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10257-008-0090-4
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
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.
Cowie J, Oteniya L & Coles R (2007) Particle Swarm Optimisation for learning Bayesian Networks. In: Hukins DWL, Korsunsky AM, Hunter A, Ao S & Gelman L (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/