Anna Dixon (U.K), M.Sc.
Director of Policy
King's Fund, London
Harkness Project Title: Engaging Consumers in Health: What Factors Influence Health and Health Care Behaviors?
Mentor: Judith Hubbard, Dr.P.H.
Placement: Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management, University of Oregon
Biography at time of Harkness Fellowship: Anna Dixon, a 2005–06 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy, is acting director of policy at the King's Fund in London and a lecturer in European health policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Dixon began her academic career as a research officer with the European Observatory on Health Care Systems where she focused on comparative analysis of European health systems in particular funding issues. She has advised several Ministries of Health as a short-term consultant and organized a number of intensive courses for policymakers from central and eastern Europe. Most recently Dixon had an 18-month secondment to the Department of Health (2003-2004) where she worked as a policy analyst in the Strategy Unit, advising ministers and contributing to the development of The NHS Improvement Plan. She graduated with a first class degree in social and political science from Cambridge University (1994) and an M.Sc. with distinction in health policy, planning and financing from the London School of Economics and Political Science and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1998). She also holds a Ph.D. from LSE in the regulation of complementary medical practitioners in the U.K.
Project: Anna Dixon investigated how health and health care behaviors differ between patients enrolled in traditional PPO health plans and those enrolled in consumer-directed plans. In particular, she focused on whether the two patient groups used information on providers’ quality and cost differently. She analyzed a survey of employees from a large manufacturing company that offers both a traditional PPO and high- and low-deductible consumer directed health plans.
Career Activity Since Fellowship
- Director of Policy, King’s Fund, 2008
- Deputy Director of Policy, King’s Fund, 2006
- Lecturer in European Health Policy, London School of Economics, 2006
Current Position: Director of Strategy and Quality and Chief Analyst at the Department of Health (Updated May 2013)
Dixon A, Greene J, Hibbard J. “Do consumer-directed health plans drive change in enrolleees' health care behavior?” Health Affairs 2008; 27(4): 1120-1131.
Hibbard J, Peters E, Dixon A, et al. "Consumer Competencies and the Use of Comparative Quality Information: It Isn't Just About Literacy," Medical Care Research and Review 2007; 64(4): 379–94.
Peters E, Dieckmann N, Dixon A, et al. "Less is more in presenting quality information to consumers," Medical Care Research and Review 2007; 64(2):169–90.