Dr Oliver Groene


Honorary Senior Lecturer
in Health Services Research (01/09/17)

Room 111

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2785

I have been working for 15 years in the field of health services research. My particular interest is in assessing and improving the quality of care and patient safety in integrated care settings.

My background is in medical sociology and organizational sciences with a Master degree from the University of Bielefeld in my native country Germany. I also hold a Master of Science degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Health Services Research and a PhD in Public Health from the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. I have been trained in quality management at the University of Bielefeld, Joint Commission International and Harvard School of Public Health.

Previous to my academic appointments I worked for seven years for the World Health Organization at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva and the WHO Regional Office for Europe (Copenhagen/Barcelona), where I was appointed as Programme Manager for the Quality of Health Systems and Services Programme.

I am Deputy Editor editor of the International Journal for Quality in Health Care and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Macquarie University (Institute of Health Innovation), Sydney, Australia. 


Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Health Services Research and Policy


My research interests are broadly within the theme of evaluating health care performance, in particular of hospital systems and integrated health care systems. In that context, I am curious to learn about, develop and apply methodological approaches that are relevant to improving performance.

Previously, my work involved designing data systems for the prospective collection of clinical process and outcome data, audits to assess organisational characteristics of trusts and networks, database linkage and the statistical analysis of large-scale data bases to inform clinical decision-making and evidence-based health care management.

I led and co-led various projects and work-packages on assessing and improving the quality and safety of health care, including research on developing a new patient safety indicator on 'avoidable severe harm' for the NHS Outcomes Framework, European Studies on the quality of care (DUQuE, MARQuIS, HANDOVER) and National Clinical Audit (the National Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Audit).

I am currently designing, implementing and evaluating population health management systems.

Research Area
Clinical databases
Clinical guidelines
Complex interventions
Health outcomes
Health policy
Health services research
Health systems
Quality improvement
Health services
Implementation research
Qualitative methods
Policy analysis
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
United Kingdom
Europe & Central Asia (all income levels)
Euro area
European Union
OECD members

Selected Publications

Evaluating the Impact of an Accountable Care Organization on Population Health: the Quasi-Experimental Design of the German Gesundes Kinzigtal.
Pimperl, A. ; Schulte, T. ; Mühlbacher, A. ; Rosenmöller, M. ; Busse, R. ; Groene, O. ; Rodriguez, H.P. ; Hildebrandt, H. ;
Popul Health Manag
High performing hospitals: a qualitative systematic review of associated factors and practical strategies for improvement.
Taylor, N. ; Clay-Williams, R. ; Hogden, E. ; Braithwaite, J. ; Groene, O. ;
BMC Health Serv Res
Patient Experience Shows Little Relationship with Hospital Quality Management Strategies.
Groene, O. ; Arah, O.A. ; Klazinga, N.S. ; Wagner, C. ; Bartels, P.D. ; Kristensen, S. ; Saillour, F. ; Thompson, A. ; Thompson, C.A. ; Pfaff, H. ; DerSarkissian, M. ; Sunol, R. ;
PLoS One
Public reporting of surgeon outcomes: low numbers of procedures lead to false complacency.
Walker, K.; Neuburger, J.; Groene, O.; Cromwell, D.A.; van der Meulen, J.;
See all Dr Oliver Groene's Publications