Anna Dixon
Anna Dixon
2005-06 Harkness Fellow
Acting director of policy
King's Fund
Lecturer in European health policy
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
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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 England (Updated 1/2014)


Selected Publications:


Dixon A. Monitor is keeping us in the dark. Health Serv J. 2013 Apr 26;123(6348):20.

Peters E, Klein W, Kaufman A, Meilleur L, Dixon A. More Is Not Always Better:  Intuitions About Effective Public Policy Can Lead to Unintended Consequences. Soc Issues Policy Rev. 2013 Jan 1;7(1):114-148.

Laverty AA, Dixon A, Millett C. Do patients' information requirements for choice in health care vary with their socio-demographic characteristics? Health Expect. 2013 May 28.

Dixon A. Will Francis prevent future failings? Health Serv J. 2013 Jan 24;123(6336):16-7. PubMed PMID: 23488406.

Dixon A. On improving NHS performance. Is the government doing enough? Health Serv J. 2012 Nov 29;122(6331):20-1.

Dixon A. Beyond inspections. Health Serv J. 2012 Jul 26;122(6315):16-7.

Dixon A, Ham C. Setting objectives for the NHS Commissioning Board. BMJ. 2012 Sep 6;345:e5893.

Ham C, Dixon A. Fixing the broken system. Health Serv J. 2012 Sep 6;122(6319):24.

Ham C, Dixon A. Tackling the problems of seriously challenged NHS providers. BMJ. 2012 Jun 27;344:e4422.

Greaves F, Harris M, Goodwin N, Dixon A. The commissioning reforms in the English National Health Service and their potential impact on primary care. J Ambul Care Manage. 2012 Jul-Sep;35(3):192-9.

Dixon A, Khachatryan A, Tian Y. Socioeconomic differences in case finding among general practices in England: analysis of secondary data. J Health Serv Res Policy. 2012 Apr;17 Suppl 2:18-22.

Dixon A. Who will shape the market? Health Serv J. 2012 Mar 1;122(6296):18.

Dixon A. HIM best practices for managing patient portals. J AHIMA. 2012 Mar;83(3):44-6.

Millar R, Powell M, Dixon A. What was the programme theory of New Labour's Health System Reforms? J Health Serv Res Policy. 2012 Jan;17 Suppl 1:7-15.

Dixon A, Poteliakhoff E. Back to the future: 10 years of European health reforms. Health Econ Policy Law. 2012 Jan;7(1):1-10.

Vrangbaek K, Robertson R, Winblad U, Van de Bovenkamp H, Dixon A. Choice policies in Northern European health systems. Health Econ Policy Law. 2012 Jan;7(1):47-71.

Frosini F, Dixon A, Robertson R. Competition in the NHS: a provider perspective. J Health Serv Res Policy. 2012 Jan;17 Suppl 1:16-22.

Dixon A, Khachatryan A, Gilmour S. Does general practice reduce health inequalities? Analysis of quality and outcomes framework data. Eur J Public Health. 2012 Feb;22(1):9-13.

Dixon A, Khachatryan A. A review of the public health impact of the Quality and Outcomes Framework. Qual Prim Care. 2010;18(2):133-8. Review.

Dixon A, Robertson R, Bal R. The experience of implementing choice at point of referral: a comparison of the Netherlands and England. Health Econ Policy Law. 2010 Jul;5(3):295-317.

Fasolo B, Reutskaja E, Dixon A, Boyce T. Helping patients choose: how to improve the design of comparative scorecards of hospital quality. Patient Educ Couns. 2010 Mar;78(3):344-9.

Dixon A. Purchasing health care in a cold climate. J Health Serv Res Policy. 2010 Jan;15(1):3-4.