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Dr Luke Allen

MPH, MBChB, BSc (Hons), PGCert Clinical Education, PGDip Health Research, MRCGP, FHEA

Research Fellow

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Luke is a GP and global health analyst trained at Bristol University, Harvard School of Public Health, the Kennedy School of Government, MIT, and Oxford. His research focuses on advancing Primary Health Care by integrating public health and primary care, with a special emphasis on the prevention of non-communicable diseases. In his current role he is using implementation research and adaptive trial design to optimise a major vision screening programme in Kenya and Nepal.

 

Luke has extensive experience in global health policy and has worked with the World Health Organisation, the World Bank, the Harvard Health Systems Cluster, Public Health England, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has advised governments in high-, middle- and low-income settings.

 

Luke completed his Academic Clinical Fellowship in Oxford and continues to work in the city as a part-time family physician. He sits on the RCGP Thames Valley Faculty board and is an editorial board member at the British Journal of General Practice; the world's highest ranked primary care journal. He is the international lead for the Faculty of Public Health special interest group on Primary Care and Public Health.

 

Luke is the director of Healthier Systems, a dynamic global health research consultancy that uses cutting edge mixed-methods to advance health for all.

 

He has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers, and regularly writes for newspapers and magazines like the New Scientist, the Independent, the Economist and the Financial Times. His full publication list is available here.

 

Luke has spoken at two UN General Assembely side events and discussed health policy on Radio 4's The World Tonight and BBC news.

Affiliations

Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Clinical Research

Teaching

Luke has a PGCE in Clinical Education and will be contributing to the centre's Masters teaching programme. He is also supporting the development of a Primary Health Care seminar series at LSHTM.

Research

Luke is a Clinical Research Fellow on the Wellcome/NIHR/Peek project to advance vision screening using cutting-edge implementation research methods.

Research Area
Clinical trials
Health policy
Health systems
Primary care
Social and structural determinants of health
Bayesian Analysis
Capacity strengthening
Global Health
Discipline
Economics
Medicine
Operational research
Policy analysis
Political science
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Blindness
Non-communicable diseases
Region
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Addressing social determinants of noncommunicable diseases in primary care: a systematic review.
Allen LN; Smith RW; Simmons-Jones F; Roberts N; Honney R; Currie J
2020
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Implementation of non-communicable disease policies: a geopolitical analysis of 151 countries.
Allen LN; Nicholson BD; Yeung BYT; Goiana-da-Silva F
2019
The Lancet Global health
Unfulfilled potential of primary care in Europe.
Allen LN; Barkley S; De Maeseneer J; van Weel C; Kluge H; de Wit N; Greenhalgh T
2018
BMJ-BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL
How to move from managing sick individuals to creating healthy communities.
Allen LN; Barry E; Gilbert C; Honney R; Turner-Moss E
2018
BRITISH JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE
Evaluation of research on interventions aligned to WHO 'Best Buys' for NCDs in low-income and lower-middle-income countries: a systematic review from 1990 to 2015.
Allen LN; Pullar J; Wickramasinghe KK; Williams J; Roberts N; Mikkelsen B; Varghese C; Townsend N
2018
BMJ global health
Socioeconomic status and non-communicable disease behavioural risk factors in low-income and lower-middle-income countries: a systematic review.
Allen L; Williams J; Townsend N; Mikkelsen B; Roberts N; Foster C; Wickramasinghe K
2017
Lancet Global Health
Are WHO 'best buys' for non-communicable diseases effective in low-income and lower-middle-income countries? A systematic review
Allen LN; Pullar J; Wickramasinghe K; Williams J; Foster C; Roberts N; Mikkelsen B; Varghese C; Townsend N
2017
LANCET GLOBAL HEALTH
The commercial determinants of health.
Kickbusch I; Allen L; Franz C
2016
LANCET GLOBAL HEALTH
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