Jeremy Neil AndersonBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7495.848 (Published 07 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:848
Psychiatrist who became a leading advocate for evidence based health care
Jeremy Anderson, a founding member of the BMJ ‘s editorial board, was a man of broad interests, both professionally and personally. A psychiatrist, epidemiologist, health services researcher, and eloquent advocate for evidence based health care, he was also known for his eclectic tastes in music, poetry, art, and literature.
Jeremy was a citizen of three countries—the United Kingdom, where he was born and later returned to work and study; New Zealand, where he spent most of his childhood and studied medicine; and Australia, where he and his family moved in 1994.
It was in England that Jeremy's interest in health services research and epidemiology flourished. Under Professor Julian Leff, he managed the Team for the Assessment of Psychiatric Services (TAPS) study from 1986 to 1991, investigating the clinical outcomes of psychiatric hospital closures.
In 1991 Jeremy and his family returned to New Zealand, where he was appointed senior lecturer in the department of psychological medicine at the University of Otago, Dunedin, and helped establish the first psychiatric emergency service on the South Island.