Brian McKinstry

Professor of Primary Care E-Health


Professor McKinstry is a general practitioner and Professor of Primary Care eHealth. He leads the Telescot research programme, as well as the Edinburgh Health Services Research Unit and SHARE (the Scottish Health Research Register).

Research summary

His research interests are mainly around Health Service Research particularly in remote information exchange between clinicians and patients.  His recent research has centred on telehealthcare and he has carried out several randomised controlled trials and qualitative studies in this area.  These studies include telemonitoring of chronic obstructive airways disease, heart failure, high blood pressure and diabetes along with studies of satellite location for wandering people with dementia, the use of gamification to encourage children and adolescents to adopt healthier lifestyles, developing artificially intelligent avatar based systems for monitoring depression, robotic dispensing, remote measurement of cough and respirator rate and the use of machine learning on patient accrued data to develop improved telemonitoring algorithms.


Brian is involved with projects at both UK and European levels.

Project list on Edinburgh Research Explorer

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