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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Dr John Robson, MBBS MSc MD FRCGP


Clinical Reader in Primary Care Research & Development

Telephone: 020 7882 2479


I qualified at St Marys Hospital Medical School, University of London and undertook an MSc/MD at the London School of Hygiene. I have been a GP in east London for 30 years at Chrisp Street Health Centre.

Since 1989 I have also been a senior lecturer at QMUL and clinical lead for the Clinical Effectiveness Group (CEG), working with local GPs and the PCT to improve disease management in a population of 800,000 people.



  • Clinical Effectiveness Module.
  • BSc teaching
  • Supervision of FY2 and academic GP attachments.


Research Interests:

Cardiovascular disease and diabetes
Equity and delivery of primary care
Improvement in disease management

Recent and ongoing research projects:

  • 2007-11 Health Equity project: Funded by the Health Foundation. Described equity of provision for CVD, diabetes and COPD. Taken up by local PCTs.
  • QDScore: descriptive data from east London; Funded by PCTs
  • Reducing self-monitoring of blood glucose in type 2 diabetes: Improvement project evaluation 3 PCTs.
  • Improving anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation: Improvement project evaluation 3 PCTs.
  • Improving GP referrals. Improvement project evaluation 3 PCTs.
  • NHS Health Checks: Evaluation of implementation 3 PCTs.
  • HiLo: RCT to improve disease management in people at high risk of CVD.


Please click through to see a complete list of John's publications


Outstanding publications

Hippisley-Cox J, Coupland C, Robson J, Sheikh A, Brindle P. Predicting risk of type 2 diabetes in England and Wales: prospective derivation and validation of QDScore. BMJ. 2009;338:b880. doi: 10.1136/bmj.b880

Hippisley-Cox J, Coupland C, Vinogradova Y, Robson J, May M, Brindle P. Derivation and validation of QRISK, a new cardiovascular disease risk score for the United Kingdom: prospective open cohort study. BMJ 335:136.

Atri J, Falshaw M, Gregg R, Robson J, Omar RZ, Dixon S. Improving uptake of breast screening in multiethnic populations: a randomised controlled trial using practice reception staff to contact non-attenders. BMJ. 1997;315:1356-9.

Atri J, Falshaw M, Linvingstone A, Robson J. Fair shares in health care? Ethnic and socioeconomic influences on recording of preventive care in selected inner London general practices. Healthy Eastenders Project. BMJ. 1996;312:614-7.



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