School of Social and Political Science

Dr Emily Adrion

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Lecturer, Global Health Policy

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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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Director, International, School of Social and Political Science

Programme Director, MSc Health Policy

Programme Director, MSc Global Health Policy


Emily's broad research interests include healthcare costs and utilisation, public and private health insurance markets, ageing populations, brain health, and healthcare financing. She is particularly interested in patient out-of-pocket spending on health and social care, and has expertise in quantitative methods and large database analysis.

Emily is an Atlantic Senior Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute, Trinity College Dublin and University of California San Francisco.

Prior to joining the Global Health Policy Unit at University of Edinburgh in 2016, Emily was an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) T-32 Research Fellow at the Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy at the University of Michigan Medical School where she worked on health care costs, and patient out-of-pocket spending.

Emily received her Ph.D. in Health Services Research and Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and she holds an M.Sc. in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics.

Emily's research has been covered by news outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune.


Current Projects

European Commission, Horizon 2020 [Use of Real-World Data to advance research on the management of complex chronic conditions]: the Multidisciplinary Expert System for the Assessment & Management of Complex Brain Disorders (MES-CoBraD) 

Alzheimer’s Association/Alzheimer’s Society UK/Global Brain Health Institute, Pilot Awards for Global Brain Health Leaders: Public financing of home care: implications for persons with dementia


Select publications

Adrion ER. “Politics and Policymaking in Medicare Part C.” Medical Care. (2020) 58(3):285-292. 

Adrion ER. “Competition and Health Plan Quality in the Medicare Advantage Market.” Health Services Research. (2019) 00:1-11.

Adrion ER, Kocher KE, Nallamothu BK, Ryan AM. "Rising Use Of Observation Care Among The Commercially Insured May Lead to Total And Out-Of-Pocket Cost Savings." Health Affairs. (2017) 36(12):2102-2109. Available at:

Adrion ER, Ryan AM, Seltzer AC, Chen LM, Ayanian JZ, Nallamothu BK. “Out-of-Pocket Spending for Hospitalizations Among Nonelderly Adults.” JAMA Internal Medicine. (2016) 176(9):1-8. Available at:

Harrison KL, Adrion ER, Sudore RA, Ritchie CS, Smith A. “Low Completion and Disparities in Advance Care Planning Activities Among Older Medicare Beneficiaries.” JAMA Internal Medicine. (2016) Available at:

Adrion ER, Aucott J, Lemke K, Weiner JP. “Health care costs, utilization and patterns of care following Lyme Disease.” PLoS One. (2015) 10(2): e0116767. Available at:

Robles S, Adrion E, Anderson GF. “Premature adult mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCD) in middle-income countries: do NCD programs matter?” Health Policy and Planning. (2012) 27(6): 487-498. Available at:

Research interests

Research interests

Health policy, health systems, health insurance, health services research, health financing, healthcare utilisation, healthcare for older adults, health economics

Topics interested in supervising

Healthcare costs and utilisation, public and private health insurance markets, healthcare for ageing populations, social care, and health care financing

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