Angela Coulter is a health policy analyst and researcher who specialises in patient and public involvement in healthcare. She is Director of Global Initiatives at the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, Boston, and Senior Research Scientist at the Department of Public Health, University of Oxford.
A social scientist by training, Angela has a doctorate in health services research from the University of London. From 2000 to 2008 she was Chief Executive of Picker Institute Europe. Previous roles included Director of Policy and Development at the King’s Fund, and Director of the Health Services Research Unit at the University of Oxford. She is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the King’s Fund in London, holds Honorary Fellowships at the UK Faculty of Public Health and the Royal College of General Practitioners and is a Trustee of National Voices.
Angela has published more than 250 research papers and reports and several books including The Autonomous Patient, The European Patient of the Future (with Helen Magee) which won the 2004 Baxter Award, The Global Challenge of Healthcare Rationing (with Chris Ham) and Hospital Referrals (with Martin Roland). She was the founding editor of Health Expectations, an international peer-reviewed journal on patient and public involvement in health care and health policy. Her latest book, Engaging Patients in Healthcare, was published by Open University Press in August 2011 and was highly commended in the 2012 BMA awards. In January 2012 the Donabedian Foundation of Barcelona awarded her their prestigious international award for her work on patient-centred care.