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Anne Mason



Anne’s principal research interests are how payments and incentives can improve the quality and coordination of health and social care, particularly for frail older people.

Current research includes:
* an investigation of the displaced demand for health and social care arising from the COVID-19 pandemic;
* understanding demand for social care for the REAL Demand unit ;
* a study on efficiency, cost and quality of mental health provision (funded by the Health Foundation);
* research on the use of healthcare prices to reduce health inequalities.

Anne is director of the NIHR policy research unit ESHCRU, a programme of research on the economics of health and social care systems. She also is a co-investigator on PREPARE, a facility that provides rapid responsive analysis for the Department of Health and Social Care.



  • how economic incentives influence behaviour
  • effects of primary care on emergency admissions
  • funding and incentivising integrated care


Research group(s)

External activities


  • NIHR Policy Research Programme (PRP) Commissioning committee
    2021 – 2023 committee member
  • NIHR HS&DR Researcher-led Prioritisation Committee
    2013-2018 committee member

Invited talks and conferences

  • Centre for Health Economics at Warwick seminar, University of Warwick, UK. 21 May 2020.
    • Incentives to tackle underdiagnosis in dementia & the tale of elusive data.
  • Centre for Health and Social Economics (CHESS) annual seminar, National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Helsinki, Finland, 26 November 2015
    • Integration and efficiency in health and social care: Lessons from the UK and abroad (keynote speaker)
  • 14th International Conference on Integrated Care, Brussels, 4 April 2014
    • Financial mechanisms for integrating funds for health and social care: do they enable integrated care?
  • Department of Health seminar, London, 14 March 2014
    • Financial mechanisms for integrating funds across health and social care: evidence review
  • Primary Care Mental Health Conference, University of Manchester, 20 March 2013
    • Is higher primary care quality associated with lower hospital admissions for people with severe mental illness?
  • European Conference on Health Economics Zurich, 18-21 July 2012
    • Lessons learnt from the EuroDRG project (preconference workshop): DRGs for appendectomy
    • The good, the bad and the ugly: investigating variations in efficiency in hospitals in the English NHS 
  • 9th Evidence Based Update Meeting: Psoriasis, Holywell Park, Loughborough, 12-May 2011
    • Topical Treatments for Chronic Plaque Psoriasis: an update
  • European Conference on Health Economics Helsinki, 7-10 July 2010 
    • Why do hospital costs vary? An evaluation of hospital efficiency and quality of care in England using Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs)
    • Integrated Resource Mechanisms within Health Care & across Health & Social Care: Evidence from the International Literature
    • DRGs and hospital efficiency: Panacea or pitfall? 
  • Health Economic Study Group Meeting, Cork, 23-25 June 2010 
    • Hospital Funding and Efficiency: Evidence on DRG-based reimbursement 
  • Commissioning for Health and Well Being: Policy into Practice, Durham, 31 March 2010 
    • Prioritising Investment in Health and Wellbeing: Overview of Tools and their Relevance for Commissioners 
  • ISPOR 12th Annual European Congress, Paris, 24 - 27 October 2009
    •  Is NICE Too Nasty? A comparison of anticancer drug coverage decisions in the United States and United Kingdom 
  • Cochrane Skin Group 12th Annual Meeting, London, 13-14 June 2008 
    • Topical Treatments for Chronic Plaque Psoriasis: a systematic review 
  • ISPOR 13th Annual International Meeting, Toronto, May 3-7 2008 
    • NHS Reimbursement of New Cancer Drugs: is NICE getting nastier?
Anne Mason

Contact details

Anne Mason
Centre for Health Economics