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Prof Heather Gage

Professor of Health Economics
+44 (0)1483 686948



Heather Gage graduated with a first class honours degree in Economics and an MSc in Urban and Regional Planning Studies from the University of Reading. Subsequently, she gained a PhD in Health Services Research from the University of Surrey, where she became the Coordinator of Health Research in the Economics Department in 2008, and Professor of Health Economics in 2012. Heather has held visiting positions at the Boston University School of Public Health and the Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research of the US Veterans Healthcare Administration.

Heather's research interests encompass many aspects of health service delivery, but particularly focus on evaluative studies and outcomes measurement. She is currently involved as economist in a variety of multidisciplinary projects funded by NHS, EU, industry and the voluntary sector. Recent work has been published in a range of health, clinical and medical journals.

Heather is a research adviser, and leads on health economics, for the NHS Research Design Service in Kent Surrey and Sussex.


Occasional lectures and workshops on health economics.

Undergraduate and postgraduate project supervision.

My publications


M. Fader, A. Cottenden, H.Gage, P. Williams, K. Getliffe, S. Clarke-O'Neill, K. Jamieson, N. Green. Individual budgets for people with incontinence: results from a 'shopping' experiment within the British National Health Service, Health Expectations, doi: 10.1111/j.1369-7625.2011.00750.x

L. Axelrod, K. Bryan, H.Gage,J.Kaye, S.Ting, P. Williams, P. Trend, D.Wade, Disease - specific training in Parkinson's disease for care assistants: a comparison of interactive and self study methods. Clinical Rehabilitation, 26(6):545-57, 2012

H.Gage, E. Erdal, P. Saigal, Y. Qiao, P. Williams, J. Ogden, M. Raats. Recognition and management of overweight and obese children: a questionnaire survey of General Practitioners and parents in England. Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health, 48(2):146-52; 2012

B. Brands, B. Egan, E. Gyorei, J-C Lopez-Robles, H. Gage, C. Campoy, T. Decsi, M. Raats. A qualitative interview study on effects of diet on children's mental state and performance. Evaluation of perceptions, attitudes and beliefs of parents in four European countries. Appetite; 58: 739-746, 2012

C. Goodman, E. Mathie, M. Cowe, A. Mendoza, D. Westwood, D. Munday, P. Wilson P, C. Crang, K. Froggatt, S. Iliffe, J. Manthorpe, H. Gage, S. Barclay. Talking about living and dying with the oldest old: public involvement in a study on end of life care in care homes. BMC Palliative Care; 10:20, 2011

H. Gage, S. Ting, P. Williams, K. Bryan, B. Castleton, P. Trend, D.Wade. A comparison of specialist rehabilitation and care assistant support with specialist rehabilitation alone and usual care for people with Parkinson's living in the community: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial, Trials, 12: 250, 2011

S.L. Davies, C. Goodman, F.Bunn, C. Victor, A. Dickenson, S. Iliffe, H.Gage, W. Martin, K. Frogatt. A systematic review of integrated working between care homes and health care services. BMC Health Services Research, 11; 320, 2011

L. Poltawski, C. Goodman, S. Iliffe, J. Manthorpe, H.Gage, D.Shah, V. Drennan. Frailty scales - their potential in interprofessional working with older people: a discussion paper. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 25(4): 280-286; 2011

C. Goodman, V. Drennan, F. Schiebl, D. Shah, J. Manthorpe, H. Gage, S. Iliffe. Models of inter professional working for older people living at home: a survey and review of the local strategies of English health and social care statutory organisations. BMC Health Services Research, 11;337, 2011

S. Iliffe, V. Drennan, J. Manthorpe, H.Gage, S. Davies, H. Massey, C. Scott, S. Brearley, C. Goodman. Nurse case management and General Practice: implications for GP consortia. British Journal of General Practice, 61(591): 658-665; 2011

V. Drennan, C. Goodman, J. Manthorpe, S. Davies, C. Scott, H.Gage, S. Iliffe. Establishing new nursing roles: a case study of the English community matron initiative. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20(19-20):2948-2957; 2011

H.Gage, M. Raats, P. Williams, B.Egan,V. Jakobik, K. Laitinen, E. Martin-Bautista, M. Schmid, J. von Rosen-von Hoewel, C. Campoy, T. Decsi, J.Morgan, B. Koletzko. Developmental origins of health and disease: the views of first time mothers in five European countries on the importance of nutritional influences in the first year of life. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; 94(suppl):2018S-24S, 2011

H.Gage, J. Morgan, P. Williams, M. Schmid, K. Laitenen, J.von Rosen, B. Koletzko, T. Decsi, V. Jacobi, E. Martin-Bautista, C. Campoy, M.M. Raats. Infant feeding intentions of new mothers in five European countries. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 69 (OCE1), E69, 2010

B. Egan, H. Gage, M. Raats, B. Anton, B. Koletzko, E. Gyorie, T. Decsi, E. Martin-Bautista, J.C. Lopez-Roberts, C. Campoy. The effect of diet on children's mental performance: a study of the attitudes, knowledge and perceptions of UK parents. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 69 (OCE1), E72, 2010

C. Goodman, K. Froggatt, E. Mathie, C. Craig, J. Wright, M. Handley, H.Gage, S. Iliffe, et al. The experiences and expectations of older people resident in care homes, their carers and professionals: a prospective study. Report for NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme, Sept. 2010

H.Gage, J. Kaye, A. Kimber, L. Storey, M. Egan, Y. Qiao, P. Trend. Correlates of constipation in people with Parkinson's. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, 17 (2):106-111; 2011

S. Iliffe, D. Kendrick, R. Morris, D. Skelton, H. Gage, S. Dinan, Z. Stevens, M. Pearl, T. Masud T. Multi-centre cluster randomised trial comparing a community group exercise programme with home based exercise with usual care for people aged 65 and over in primary care: protocol of the ProAct 65+ trial, Trials, 11:6,2010

E. Martin-Bautista, H. Gage, J. von Rosen-von Hoewel, V. Jakobik, K. Laitinen, M. Schmid2, J. Morgan, P. Williams, T. Decsi, C. Campoy, B. Koletzko, M. Raats. Lifetime health outcomes of breast-feeding: a comparison of the policy documents of five European countries. Public Health Nutrition, 13(10), 1653-1662, 2010

L. Axelrod, H. Gage, J, Kaye, K, Bryan, P. Trend, D. Wade. Workloads of Parkinson's specialist nurses: implications for implementing national service guidelines in England. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19, 3575-3580, 2010

H. Gage, C Goodman, S.L. Davies, C. Norton, M. Fader, M. Wells, J. Morris, P. Williams. Laxative use in care homes, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 66 (6), 1266-72, 2010

H.Gage, J. Evans, W. Knibb, P. Williams, N. Rickman, K. Bryan. Nursing homes: more on quality of care. British Medical Journal, 339, b3526, 2009

C. Goodman, V. Drennan, S. Davies, H. Masey, H. Gage, C. Scott, J. Manthorpe, S. Brearley, S. Iliffe. The nursing contribution to chronic disease management: nursing case management. Report for the National Coordinating Centre, NHS Service Delivery and Organisation, June 2009

S. Kendall, P. Wilson, S. Proctor, E. McNeilly, F. Bunn, F. Brooks, H. Gage. The nursing, midwifery and health visitor contribution to chronic disease management: a whole system approach. Report for the National Coordinating Centre, NHS Service Delivery and Organisation, May 2009

H.Gage, J. Evans, W. Knibb, P. Williams, N. Rickman, K. Bryan. Why are some care homes better than others? An empirical study of the factors associated with the quality of care for older people in residential homes in Surrey. Health and Social Care in the Community, 17(6), 599-609, 2009