Dr Andy Dickens MSc, PhD

Dr Andy Dickens

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow

Contact details

Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Institute of Applied Health Research
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Andy Dickens is a Research Fellow on an NIHR-funded study entitled ‘The Birmingham COPD cohort study: a primary care cohort of COPD patients’.   The Cohort study is part of a research programme entitled 'The Birmingham Lung Improvement Studies (BLISS)'.


  • PhD in Medical Studies, University of Exeter, 2010
  • MSc in Social Research, University of Plymouth, 2003
  • BA (Hons) in Social Policy, University of York, 1999


Andy joined the University of Birmingham in 2011, having previously been at the Primary Care Research Group at Peninsula Medical School (Exeter) from 2003-2011, where he completed his PhD.

Over the past 15 years Andy has worked in a range of research areas within public health and health service research, developing particular research interests in public health, respiratory disease, health outcomes for older people and complex interventions


Medicine and Surgery MBChB:

  • 1st year MBChB Research Methods small group tutor
  • 3rd year MBChB Evidence Based Medicine & Research Methods small group tutor


The Birmingham COPD Cohort study is a three-year longitudinal study of primary care COPD patients.   The study is based in the West Midlands, working with 71 GP practices and recruited over 2,300 patients. Further information is available at (link)


Kosteli M-C, Heneghan N, Roskell C, Williams SE, Adab P*, Dickens AP, Enocson A, Fitzmaurice D, Jolly K, Jordan R, Greenfield S, Cumming J. Barriers and enablers of physical activity engagement for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in primary care. International Journal of COPD. In press

Adab P, Fitzmaurice DA, Dickens AP, Ayres JG, Buni H, Cheng KK, Cooper BG, Daley A, Enocson A, Greenfield S, Jolly K, Jowett S, Kalirai K, Marsh JL, Miller MR, Riley RD, Siebert WS, Stockley RA, Turner AM, Jordan RE. Cohort profile: The Birmingham Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Cohort Study. International Journal of Epidemiology, 2016; doi: 10.1093/ije/dyv350

Jenkinson CE, Dickens AP, Jones  K, Thompson-Coon  J, Taylor RS, Rogers  M, Bambra CL, Lang  I, Richards SH. Is volunteering a public health intervention? A systematic review and meta-analysis of the health and survival of volunteers. BMC Public Health, 2013; 13:773

Dickens AP, Richards SH, Greaves CJ, Campbell JL. Interventions targeting social isolation in older people: a systematic review. BMC Public Health, 2011; 11: 647 (highly accessed).

Dickens AP, Lang, IA, Langa KM, Kos K, Llewellyn DJ. Vitamin D, cognitive dysfunction and dementia in older adults. CNS Drugs (invited lead article), 2011; 25(8): 629-39.

Dickens AP, Richards SH, Hawton A, Taylor R, Greaves CJ, Green C, Campbell JL, Edwards R. An evaluation of the effectiveness of a community mentoring service for socially isolated older people: a controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 2011; 11: 218.

Richards SH, Campbell JL, Dickens A. Does the method of administration influence the UK GMC patient questionnaire ratings? Primary Health Care Research & Development, 2011; 12: 68-78.

Hawton A, Green C, Dickens AP, Richards SH, Taylor R. Edwards R, Greaves C, Campbell J. The impact of social isolation on the health status and health-related quality of life of older people. Quality of Life Research, 2011; 20(1): 57-67 (available online July 2010).

Richards SH, Campbell JL, Walshaw E, Dickens A, Greco M. A multi-methods analysis of free-text comments from the UK GMC Colleague Questionnaire. Medical Education, 2009; 43: 757-766.

Clark CE, Greaves C, Evans PH, Dickens A, Campbell JL. The interarm blood pressure difference in Type 2 diabetes: a barrier to effective management? British Journal of General Practice, 2009; 59: 428-432.

Campbell JL, Roland M, Richards S, Dickens A, Greco M, Bower P. Users’ reports and evaluations of out-of-hours health care and the UK national quality requirements: a cross sectional study. British Journal of General Practice, 2009; 59: 18-23