School of Social and Political Science

Dr Emily Adrion

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Senior Lecturer, Global Health Policy

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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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15a George Square

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Director, International, School of Social and Political Science

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

- Scottish Parliament Academic Fellowship, funded via a U.K. Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) award, University of Edinburgh. The Elimination of the Prescription Charge in Scotland: Understanding the short- and medium-term impact of prescription charge removal and examining future directions.


Select publications

Leroi I, Karanja W, Adrion ER, Alladi S, Custodio N, Goswami SP, Guerchet M, Gubner J, Ibanez A, Ilinica S, Jafri H, Lawlor B, Mohamed AA, Ogunniyi A, Robertson I, Robinson L, Spector A, Varghese M, Weidner W, Caramelli P; Dementia Charter of Conduct Global Expert Reference Group. "Equity and balance in applied dementia research: A charter of conduct and checklist for global collaborations." Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. (2022) 37(7):1-16.

Kinchin I, Edwards L, Adrion E, Chen Y, Ashour A, Leroi I, Brugulat-Serrat A, Phillips JL, Masterson F, Kochovska S. "Care partner needs of people with neurodegenerative disorders: what are the needs, and how well do the current assessment tools capture these needs? A systematic meta-review." Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. (2022):1‐18. 1002/gps.5764

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:


Topics interested in supervising

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

If you are interested in being supervised by Emily Adrion, please see the links below (opening in new windows) for more information:

Staff Hours and Guidance

During Semester 1, guidance and feedback hours are available on Wednesdays, 9.00-10.00am in CMB 3.26 (drop-in) or you can email me for an online appointment. 

*Note: I will be on sabbatical in Semester 2 and therefore unavailable for appointments*