RAND Professor of Health Services Research
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A fellow of both the Academy of Social Sciences and the Academy of Medical Sciences, Mary Dixon-Woods is RAND Professor of Health Services Research in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge. She leads a programme of research focused on healthcare improvement, healthcare ethics, and methodological innovation in studying healthcare. She is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Quality and Safety. She holds honorary positions as an adjunct professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and as a visiting professor at the University of Leicester. She was, in 2012, one of the first recipients of a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award. She served on the National Advisory Group on the Safety of Patients in England, which produced the Berwick report in 2013. She also served on the review of information technology in the NHS led by Professor Bob Wachter, which reported in 2016. Mary is Director of the newly founded improvement research institute at the University of Cambridge, funded by the Health Foundation. Seeking to strengthen the evidence-base for how to improve health care, the institute will work in partnership across the UK to produce practical, high quality learning about how to improve patient care and will strengthen research capacity for the study of improvement.
Mary Dixon-Woods’ programme of research is concerned with generating a high quality evidence-base to support the organisation, quality and safety of care delivered to patients. Characteristically using mixed-methods approaches, her work focuses on evaluation of quality and safety improvement interventions and programmes, culture and behaviour in health systems, and regulation and governance of health research and care. She has special interests in the ethics of quality and safety and in the development of novel methods for conducting health services research.
Dixon-Woods, M, Foy, C, Hayden, C, Al-Shahi Salman, R, Tebbutt, S, & Schroter, S (2016) Can an ethics officer role reduce delays in research ethics approval? A mixed-method evaluation of an improvement project. BMJ Op, 6(8)
Power, M, Brewster, L, Parry, G, Brotherton, A, Minion, J, Ozieranski, P, . . . Dixon-Woods, M (2016) Multimethod study of a large-scale programme to improve patient safety using a harm-free care approach. BMJ Op, 6(9)
School of Clinical Medicine
University of Cambridge
Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Cambridge CB1 0AH