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Prof Rob Anderson

Associate Professor

Kath Maguire

I am a health services researcher with a particular interest in the evaluation, economic evaluation and synthesis of evidence about complex health interventions, such as public health programmes and changes in service organisation and delivery. As part of my methodological interest in the evaluation of complex interventions I have become interested in the use of theory-driven methods of systematic review and evidence synthesis (in particular ‘realist review’), and am keen to apply these methods to issues of programme implementation, service change and evidence about the resource use and cost-effectiveness of interventions. I am also involved in some economic evaluations alongside trials, of psychological interventions to prevent depression and anxiety, and of changes to care pathways and service delivery. I have over sixteen years' experience as a health services researcher and economic evaluator, in both the UK NHS and the Australian health system. Within PenTAG I am Deputy Director. Within the wider Institute I am also a member of the Health Complexity Group and the Health Economics Group.

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01392 726085

Employed by
University of Exeter

Areas of expertise
Health Economics and Evaluation


Bay6 Community Housing Aid Service Evaluation

Shared Care

Diabetes Intervention for Agenda Trial (DIAT)

Improving the mental health of children and young people with long term conditions

Improving the mental health of children and young people with long term conditions



Effectiveness of multi-channel unilateral cochlear implants for profoundly deaf children: a systematic review

Sunitinib for the treatment of gastrointestinal stromal tumours: a critique of the submission from Pfizer

The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of cochlear implants for severe to profound deafness in children and adults: a systematic review and economic model

Systematic reviews of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of multi-channel unilateral cochlear implants for adults

Is combined resynchronisation and implantable defibrillator therapy a cost effective option for left ventricular dysfunction?

Computerised decision support systems in order communication for diagnostic, screening or monitoring test ordering: systematic reviews of the effects and cost-effectiveness of systems

Realism and Resources: Towards more explanatory economic evaluation

The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of methods of storing donated kidneys from deceased donors: a systematic review and economic model

The cost-effectiveness of mandatory 20 mph zones for the prevention of injuries

Using information graphics in health technology assessment: towards a structured approach

The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of donepezil, galantamine, rivastigmine and memantine for the treatment of Alzheimers disease (review of Technology Appraisal No.111): a systematic review and economic model

A pilot randomised controlled trial of a preconsultation web-based intervention to improve the care quality and clinical outcomes of diabetes outpatients (DIAT)

Effectiveness of enzyme replacement therapy in adults with late-onset Pompe disease: results from the NCS-LSD cohort study.

Long-term effectiveness of enzyme replacement therapy in Fabry disease: results from the NCS-LSD cohort study.

How do third sector organisations use research and other knowledge? A systematic scoping review.

Providing effective and preferred care closer to home: A realist review of intermediate care.

Accessibility and implementation in UK services of an effective depression relapse prevention programme – mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT): ASPIRE study protocol

The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of enzyme and substrate replacement therapies: a longitudinal cohort study of people with lysosomal storage disorders

Evaluating the impact and use of the Transparent Reporting of Evaluations with Non-randomised Designs (TREND) reporting guidelines: Study protocol

Evolution of the evidence on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of acetylcholinesterase inhibitors and memantine for Alzheimer's disease: systematic review and economic model

Carmustine implants for the treatment of newly diagnosed high-grade gliomas: a cost-utility analysis

Impact of the Transparent Reporting of Evaluations With Nonrandomized Designs Reporting Guideline: Ten Years On

What Affects Authors’ and Editors’ Use of Reporting Guidelines? Findings from an Online Survey and Qualitative Interviews

Assessing the effectiveness of enhanced psychological care for patients with depressive symptoms attending cardiac rehabilitation compared with treatment as usual (CADENCE): A study protocol for a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial and qualitative i

The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of shared care: Protocol for a realist review

The NCS-LSD cohort study: a description of the methods and analyses used to assess the long-term effectiveness of enzyme replacement therapy and substrate reduction therapy in patients with Lysosomal Storage Disorders

A pre-consultation web-based tool to generate an agenda for discussion in diabetes outpatient clinics to improve patient outcomes (DIAT): a feasibility study

How can frontline expertise and new models of care best contribute to safely reducing avoidable acute admissions? A mixed-methods study of four acute hospitals.

Immunosuppressive agents in adult kidney transplantation in the National Health service: a model-based economic evaluation

Upcoming Events


LKD Seminar: The art of...

Room 3.06, South Cloisters, St Luke’s Campus, Exeter and video-conferenced to F083 KSpa, Truro and MR10 JBB, Plymouth

Learning, Knowing, Doing Series Seminar Speaker:  Dr Roman Kislov, Senior Research Fellow in the University of...
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Searching and Review Clinic

Room 2.35, South Cloisters, St Lukes Campus, University of Exeter

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
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Improving health care pathways for patients with chronic conditions

05 April 2018

PenCLAHRC Senior Research Fellow, Dr Helen Lloyd, has spoken to the BBC about the impacts...
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Partner in Focus - Devon Partnership NHS Trust

29 March 2018

As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, plus the Universities of...
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Does brain function really decline after hip and knee surgery?

28 March 2018

A new study due to launch in the South West aims to explore if brain...
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Research Projects

How can schools best support parents' engagement in their children's learning?

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

This project aims to address how schools can best engage parents in their children’s learning....
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What are the effects of 'robopets' on the health and wellbeing of residents in care homes? A systematic review of qualitative and quantitative evidence

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

A systematic review that aims to create a state-of-knowledge synthesis on the impact of robopet-human...
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Research Projects