Exploring Health Futures
Sep 21, 2017
The report presents findings from a survey conducted by RAND Europe at the request of the National Institute for Health Research to gather and synthesise stakeholder views on the future of health and healthcare in England in 20 to 30 years' time. The aim was to generate an evidence-based picture of the future health needs, and how it might differ from today. The findings validate several current health research priorities in England.
Findings from a survey of stakeholders on the future of health and healthcare in England
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The report presents findings from a survey conducted by RAND Europe at the request of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to gather and synthesise stakeholder views on the future of health and healthcare in England in 20 to 30 years' time. The aim of the research was to generate an evidenced-based picture of the future health and healthcare needs, and how it might differ from today, in order to inform strategic discussions about the future priorities of the NIHR and the health and social care research communities more broadly.
The survey provided a rich and varied dataset based on responses from 300 stakeholders in total. A wide range of fields were represented, including public health, social care, primary care, cancer, genomics, mental health, geriatrics, child health, patient advocacy and health policy. The respondent group also included a number of professional and private stakeholder categories, such as clinicians, policy experts, academics and patient and public representatives.
The study findings validate a number of prominent health research priorities currently visible in England, such as antimicrobial resistance, the burden of dementia and age-related multi-morbidity, digital health and genomics. Interest in these areas and other themes, such as mental health, health inequalities and transforming health service models, cut across multiple disciplinary boundaries. However, it is clear that there are a variety of views among stakeholders on the relative importance of these areas of focus, and the best approach to manage their emergence in the coming decades.
The full dataset of survey responses, for which permission to share was given, has been published alongside the report and is a useful resource for those seeking to engage with a particular issue in more depth.Download the dataset from nihr.ac.uk
Views on the future health and healthcare landscape
Perceived priority areas for health research
Perceived priorities for supporting future health research and impact
The research described in this report was commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and conducted by RAND Europe.
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