Rocco Friebel joined the Health Foundation in November 2014 as a Data Analyst.

Rocco Friebel is a trained Health Economist and received his Masters degree from the University of York. Next to his work at the Health Foundation, Rocco is currently in his final year of his PhD in Health Economics at Imperial College London.

The focus of his work revolves around the application of various econometric techniques to evaluate national-level and local-level health care policies. In particular, Rocco developed a deep understanding of the impact of area-level health system changes such as the reorganisation of stroke care in London and the effectiveness of payment reforms in England. Previous research focussed on readmission rates as a metric for quality of care and its validation with patient reported outcome measures.

His current research interests lie in the area of standardisation, variation in quality of care between health care provider and the potential impact of confounders, and cross-country comparisons in health outcomes.

Rocco is a member of the American Society of Health Economists, the Imperial College Health Economists Group and the German Society of Health Economists (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsökonomie)

In 2016, Rocco was awarded the Young Gastein Scholarship to attend the European Health Forum in Bad Gastein (Austria).

In his spare time, Rocco is currently involved in research, investigating the effectiveness of behavioural incentives for toilet use in parts of rural India.


Friebel R and Steventon S. (2016) The multiple aims of pay-for-performance and the risk of unintended consequences BMJ Qual Saf doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2016-005392.

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