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Martin Roland

Professor Martin Roland, CBE - Chair in Health Services Research


Martin has been Professor of Health Services Research at the University of Cambridge since 2009. He trained at the University of Oxford, where he obtained his doctorate. Following vocational training for general practice, he worked in London and in Cambridge before moving to the Chair in General Practice in the University of Manchester in 1992. In 1994, he established and subsequently became Director of the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre. He was a practising GP from 1979 to 2013.

Professor Roland’s main areas of research interest are developing methods of measuring quality of care, and evaluating interventions to improve care in the NHS. His previous areas of research include back pain, hospital referrals, out of hours care, and nurse practitioners in general practice. He co-directs the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research (www.cchsr.iph.cam.ac.uk), a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and RAND Europe. He is also deputy director of the Department of Health Policy Research Unit on Behaviour and Health (www.bhru.iph.cam.ac.uk).

Professor Roland was appointed CBE in 2003 for Services to Medicine. He is a fellow of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge


Selected recent publications:

  1. Doran T, Fullwood C, Reeves D, Gravelle H, Roland M Exclusion of patients from pay-for-performance targets by English physicians. New England Journal of Medicine 2008; 359: 274-84. link
  2. Campbell SM, Reeves D, Kontopantelis E, Sibbald B, Roland M. Effects of pay-for-performance on the quality of primary care in England. New England Journal of Medicine 2009; 361: 368-78. link
  3. Mead N, Roland M. Understanding why some ethnic minority patients evaluate medical care more negatively: cross-sectional analysis of a routine patient survey in English primary care. British Medical Journal 2009; 339: b3450. link
  4. Doran T, Roland M. Lessons from major initiatives to improve primary care in the United Kingdom. Health Affairs 2010; 29: 1023-1029. link
  5. Marteau T, Ogilvie D, Roland M, Suhrcke M, Kelly M. Judging nudging: can nudging improve population health? British Medical Journal 2011; 342: d228. link
  6. Roland M, Rosen R. Healthcare reform: the English NHS embarks on bold but risky market-style reforms New England Journal of Medicine 2011; 364: 1360-66 link
  7. Doran T, Kontopantelis E, Valderas J, Campbell S, Roland M, Salisbury C, Reeves D.  The effect of financial incentives on incentivized and non-incentivized clinical activities. Evidence from the UK’s Quality and Outcomes Framework. British Medical Journal 2011; 342: d3590. link
  8. Roland M, Abel G. Reducing emergency admissions: are we on the right track? British Medical Journal 2012; 345: e6017. link
  9. Sutton M, Nikolova S, Boaden R, Lester H, McDonald R, Roland M. Reduced mortality with hospital pay for performance in England. New England Journal of Medicine 2012; 367: 1821-28 link
  10. Roland M, Paddison C. Better management of patients with multimorbidity. British Medical Journal 2013; 346: f2510 link


Professor Roland’s CV can be downloaded here, and he can be contacted at  this email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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