Imperial College London

Dr Ana Luisa Neves

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Advanced Research Fellow and Associate Director, PSTRC







Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Wing (QEQM)St Mary's Campus





Dr Ana Luisa Neves is Associate Director / Advanced Research Fellow at Imperial NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research (PSTRC).

Ana oversees the strategic development and delivery against research objectives of Imperial NIHR PSTRC, working closely with the Centre’s NHS partners, such as NHS England/Improvement and Academic Health Science Centre, to accelerate the adoption of scientific evidence for patient safety into practice. Ana also oversees the academic support to the WHO Global Patient Safety Collaborative, a multi-national consortium designed to strengthen patient safety leadership, capacity building and research development in low and middle-income countries.

Dr Ana Luisa Neves has more than 10 years of research experience, and >40 papers published in peer-reviewed journals (>1,900 citations), using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Her research focuses on the use of health data and digital technologies to deliver safer, more effective, and patient-centred care.

In what concerns teaching activities, she is the Deputy Director of MSc Patient Safety and Module Lead (Digital Health) at the Masters Public Health, at Imperial College London. Ana is also Module Lead (Health Data Collection and Principles of Health Data Science) at the PhD Programme in Health Data Science at University of Porto, where she holds a post as Associate Professor.

Ana qualified in Medicine and completed specialist training in General Practice, and has worked as a medical doctor in both high- and low-income countries. She undertook academic and research placements at Institut National de la Santé et Recherche Médicale (Paris) and at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School Affiliate (Boston), before obtaining her PhD in Clinical Medicine at Imperial College London. She is currently an elected member of the Executive Board of the European General Practice Research Network.  

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Current projects include:


  •  European Association of Family Doctors Scholarship [2018-2020]
  • Althea Swan Excellence Award, Department of Surgery & Cancer, Imperial College London, London, UK [2019]
  • IDea Incubator, San Francisco, US [2018]
  • Venture Catalyst Challenge 2018, London, UK [2018]
  • Althea-Imperial Innovation Program (2nd prize), Imperial College London, London, UK [2017]
  • Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Clinical Performance, Portuguese Health System, Porto, Portugal [2012]


Ana is also interested in global and international health, having collaborated as health advisor with several NGOs in low-income countries (Guinea-Bissau, 2008; Senegal, 2010 and Mozambique, 2013). In 2017, she co-developed momoby, a finger prick test aiming to bring healthcare to remote areas in low-income countries, which was awarded at various international competitions (Althea-Imperial Innovation Program 2017, 2nd prize [London]; I3S-Hovione Capital Innovation Prize 2017, finalist [Porto]; Hello Tomorrow Challenge 2017, shortlisted [Paris]; Venture Catalyst Challenge 2018, 1st prize [London], IDea Incubator 2018, 3rd prize [San Francisco].

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Shaw A, O'Brien N, Flott K, et al., 2021, The urgent need to identify and evaluate patient safety interventions in fragile, conflict-affected and vulnerable settings, Journal of Global Health, Vol:11, ISSN:2047-2978

Espinosa-Gonzalez AB, Neves AL, Fiorentino F, et al., 2021, Predicting Risk of Hospital Admission in Patients With Suspected COVID-19 in a Community Setting: Protocol for Development and Validation of a Multivariate Risk Prediction Tool, Jmir Research Protocols, Vol:10, ISSN:1929-0748

Freise L, Neves AL, Flott K, et al., 2021, Assessment of patients' ability to review electronic health record information to identify potential errors: cross-sectional web-based survey, Jmir Formative Research, Vol:5, ISSN:2561-326X

Olivia L, Roberts L, Jonathan R G, et al., 2021, “Opening a Can of Worms” - exploring public hopes and fears on healthcare data sharing: qualitative study, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Vol:23, ISSN:1438-8871

Neves AL, Lawrence-Jones A, Naar L, et al., 2020, Multidisciplinary teams must work together to co-develop inclusive digital primary care for older people, British Journal of General Practice, Vol:70, ISSN:0960-1643, Pages:582-582

Neves AL, Freise L, Laranjo L, et al., 2020, Impact of providing patients access to electronic health records on quality and safety of care: a systematic review and meta-analysis, BMJ Quality & Safety, Vol:29, ISSN:2044-5415, Pages:1019-1032

Greenhalgh T, Thompson P, Weiringa S, et al., 2020, What items should be included in an early warning score for remote assessment of suspected COVID-19? qualitative and Delphi study, Bmj Open, Vol:10, ISSN:2044-6055, Pages:1-26

van Dael J, Reader T, Gillespie A, et al., 2020, Learning from complaints in healthcare: a realist review of academic literature, policy evidence, and frontline insights, BMJ Quality & Safety, Vol:29, ISSN:2044-5415, Pages:684-695

Fernandes Neves Soares AL, Poovendran D, Freise L, et al., 2019, Healthcare professionals’ perspectives on the secondary use of health records to improve quality and safety of care: a qualitative study in England, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Vol:21, ISSN:1438-8871

Neves AL, Carter AW, Freise L, et al., 2018, Impact of sharing electronic health records with patients on the quality and safety of care: a systematic review and narrative synthesis protocol, Bmj Open, Vol:8, ISSN:2044-6055

Irving G, Neves AL, Dambha-Miller H, et al., 2017, International variations in primary care physician consultation time: a systematic review of 67 countries, Bmj Open, Vol:7, ISSN:2044-6055

Pinho-Costa L, Yakubu K, Hoedebecke K, et al., 2016, Healthcare hashtag index development: Identifying global impact in social media, Journal of Biomedical Informatics, Vol:63, ISSN:1532-0464, Pages:390-399

Laranjo L, Arguel A, Neves AL, et al., 2015, The influence of social networking sites on health behavior change: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Vol:22, ISSN:1067-5027, Pages:243-256

Neves AL, Laranjo L, Villanueva T, et al., 2013, Patients' access to their medical records, Acta Med Port


Poovendran D, Wadge H, Roy R, et al., 2017, A qualitative evaluation of the CIE Programme implementation in North West London

Neves AL, Roy R, Wadge H, et al., 2017, A framework for evaluating the economic impact of EHR-based interventions

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