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Derek King

Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science

Derek King

Derek King is an Assistant Professorial Research Fellow in the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He completed a PhD within the Department of Social Policy at the LSE. The title of his PhD thesis is ‘The impact of non-adherence to medication on service use and costs among individuals taking anti-psychotics’. Prior to this, Derek completed an BMath (Honours) degree at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada and an MSc in Health Policy Planning and Financing at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


Countries UK;
Topics Data catalogues; Dementia care and support; Economics of LTC; Financing LTC; Survey measures; Technology and LTC; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Economic evaluation; Quantitative data analysis; Surveys;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Employment Education and Family carers; Strengthening Responses to Dementia;
Research interests

Derek’s research interests are  the demand and financing of long term care, unpaid care provision and support, mental health policy and economics, and cost-effectiveness analysis. He has previously worked in the areas of private medical insurance, priority setting in health care, pharmaceutical policy and development of quality of life instruments.

Derek is currently involved in studies of the use of technology to support unpaid carers of people with dementia, inequalities in service use for people with dementia, and cost and cost-effectiveness studies of health and social care interventions.

Key publications

King D, Gronholm PC, Knapp M, Hoffman MS, Bonin E-M, Brimblecombe N, Kadel R, Maaughan B, O’Shea N, Richards M, Hoomans T, Evans-Lacko S. Effects of mental health status during adolescence on primary care costs in adulthood across three British cohorts. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2023. DOI: 10.1007/s00127-023-02507-y.

King D, Farina N, Burgon C, Feeney Y, Berwald S, Bustard E, Gallaher L, Habibi R, Wittenberg R, Comas-Herrera A, Knapp M, Banerjee S. Factors associated with change over time in quality of life of people with dementia: longitudinal analyses from the MODEM cohort study. BMC Geriatrics. 2022; 22: 469. DOI: 10.1186/s12877-022-03142-z.

Brimblecombe N, Stevens M, King D, Knapp M. The role of formal care services in supporting young people who provide unpaid care in England. Journal of Youth Studies. 2022; 25(1): 1-16. DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2020.1828848.

King D, Wittenberg R, Patel A, Quayyum Z, Berdunov V, Knapp M. The future incidence, prevalence and costs of stroke in the UK. Age and Ageing 2020; 49(2): 277-282. DOI: 10.1093/aging/afz163.

Livingston G, Manela M, O’Keefe A, Rapaport P, Cooper C, Knapp M, King D, Romeo R, Walker Z, Hoe J, Mummery C, Barber J. Clinical effectiveness of the START (STrAtegies for RelaTives) psychological intervention for family carers and effects on the cost of care for people with dementia: 6-year follow-up of a randomized controlled trial. The British Journal of Psychiatry 2020; 216(1): 35-42.