Dr Deborah McCahon PhD

Dr Deborah McCahon

Institute of Applied Health Research
Honorary Research Fellow

Contact details

Institute of Applied Health Research
Primary Care Clinical Sciences
Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Deborah McCahon is an Honorary Research Fellow in Institute of Applied Health Research.  She is a Research Fellow in Primary Health Care at the University of Bristol. 

Dr Deborah McCahon was formerly a Lecturer within the Institute of Applied Health Research. Deborah has longstanding and diverse research experience and expertise within a Primary Healthcare setting. Over the last 16 years, Deborah has been involved in developing, planning, conducting and delivering a range of research. Her portfolio of work includes Randomised Controlled Trials (RCT), cross-sectional studies, questionnaire research, systematic literature review and longitudinal work in a range of topics including thyroid dysfunction, oral anticoagulation management and irritable bowel syndrome. Deborah is also an experienced and committed lecturer/tutor having significant experience in the development, management and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching


  • PhD in Primary Care, University Birmingham 2012
  • MSc in Primary Care , University of Birmingham, 2003
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, 1998



Primary care, patient self management, family history screening and familial risk assessment for common disorders, patient perceptions of inherited disease, subclinical thyroid dysfunction in older individuals


S Morris, T Martin, D McCahon, S Bennett; Awareness and attitudes towards external auditory canal exostosis and its preventability in surfers in the UK:  cross-sectional study. Journal of Laryngology & Otology, 2016,

D McCahon, J Baker, ET Murray, DA Fitzmaurice; Assessing the utility of an online registry for patients monitoring their own warfarin therapy. J Clin Path, 2016, 69(4):331-6. doi: 10.1136/jclinpath-2015-203168

D McCahon, A Daley, J Jones, R Haslop, A Shajpal, A Taylor, S Wilson, G Dowswell; Enhancing adherence in trials promoting change in diet and physical activity in individuals with a diagnosis of colorectal adenoma; a systematic review of behavioural intervention approaches. BMC Cancer, 2015, 15:505; DOI: 10.1186/s12885-015-1502-8

L Parker, L M Roberts, M Calvert, GM Moran, D McCahon; The burden of common chronic disease on Health Related Quality of Life in an elderly community dwelling population in the UK. Fam Pract, 2014; doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmu035

DA Fitzmaurice, D McCahon, J Baker, ET Murray, S Jowett, H Sandhar; Is screening for AF worthwhile? Stroke risk in a screened population from the SAFE study. Fam Pract, 2014; 31(3):298-302.

LM Roberts, D McCahon,R Holder, S Wilson, FD Richard Hobbs; Effectiveness of a probiotic ‘functional food’ in the management of irritable bowel syndrome: A randomized controlled trial. BMC Gastroenterol. 2013 Mar 7;13:45

J Allport,D McCahon, FDRHobbs, LM Roberts; Why are GPs treating subclinical hypothyroidism? Case note review and GP survey. Primary Health Care Res Dev, 2013 Apr; 14(2):175-84

D McCahon, ET Murray, K Murray, RL Holder, DA Fitzmaurice; Does self-management of oral anticoagulation improve quality of life and anxiety? Fam Pract. 2011 Apr; 28 (2):134-40

D McCahon, S Wilson, R Holder, A Metcalfe, S Clifford, P Gill, T Cole, HV Sleightholme; General Practitioners attitudes to assessment of genetic risk of common disorders in routine primary care. Clin Genet. 2009 Dec; 76(6):544-51.

A Metcalfe, S Wilson, D McCahon, HV Sleightholme, P Gill and T Cole; Integrating genetic risk assessment for multi-factorial conditions into primary care. Primary Health Care Res Dev, 2009; 10: 200–209, doi: 10.1017/S1463423609001200

D McCahon, ET Murray, S Jowett, H S Sandhar, R Holder, S Hussain, B O'Donoghue, DA Fitzmaurice;Patient self management of oral anticoagulation in routine care in the UK;J Clin Pathol, 2007; 60:1263-1267.

S Jowett, S Bryan, ET Murray, D McCahon, JP Raftery, FDR Hobbs, DA Fitzmaurice; Patient self-management of anticoagulation therapy: a trial-based cost-effectiveness analysis. Br J Haematol, 2006:134(6); 632-639. 

DA Fitzmaurice, ET Murray, D McCahon, R Holder, JP Raftery, S Hussain, H Sandhar, FDRHobbs; Self management of oral anticoagulation, A randomised trial (SMART) BMJ, 2005 Dec 3; 331(7528):1330.

ET Murray, DA Fitzmaurice, D McCahon, C Fuller, H Sandhar; Training for patients in a randomised controlled trial of self management of warfarin treatment. BMJ, 2004; 328:437-438.

DA Fitzmaurice, ET Murray, FDR Hobbs, D McCahon; Self management of anticoagulation: a randomised trial (SMART). Br J Haematol, 2004; 125 (suppl 1) 1-72.

ET Murray, DA Fitzmaurice,DMcCahon;Point of care testing for INR monitoring: Where are we now? Br J Haematol, 2004; 127: 4; 373-378.

D McCahon, DA Fitzmaurice, ET Murray, CJ Fuller, FDR Hobbs; SMART: Self-Management of Anticoagulation, a Randomised Trial (ISRCTN19313375), BMC Fam Pract, 2003, 4, 11.