Health and Healthcare Research

RAND Europe's growing health and healthcare portfolio brings together a multidisciplinary team with backgrounds in public health, health services research, clinical medicine, economics, psychology and systems design.

We work in close collaboration with the Health Services Research Group at Cambridge University through our Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research (CCHSR) to inform objective policymaking in the health and healthcare field in the UK, across the rest of Europe, and globally.

Featured Research

  • 12 Jul 2017

    Lessons for Advancing Community Hospitals

    Community hospitals could be better integrated into the NHS England healthcare system to offer an effective and efficient alternative to acute hospitals and to provide health and social care closer to people’s homes. However, there is limited evidence on the cost effectiveness of community hospitals.

Selected Research

  • Increasing Transparency and Engagement in the EFSA Risk Assessment Process

    01 Aug 2017

    To promote trust and confidence in the European Food Safety Authority's risk assessment process, RAND Europe and partners created an impact assessment methodology and identified at least five measures EFSA should pursue.

  • Evaluation of the Innovation Fund Health-led Trials

    10 Jul 2017

    Innovation Fund Health-led Trials test new ways to address sickness absence and the disability employment gap due to two main conditions: mental health and musculoskeletal disorders. RAND Europe, together with partners, is evaluating the effectiveness of these innovative interventions.

  • Exploring Health Futures

    29 Jun 2017

    Through a survey of experts from across the health and science fields, researchers are trying to capture diverse perspectives on what health challenges in England will be like in 20–30 years’ time, and how they will differ from today, to inform NIHR’s future strategy and priorities with a rational view of the future.

  • Innovation as a Driver of Quality and Productivity in UK Healthcare

    15 Jun 2017

    The UK's NHS is under pressure to meet the growing and changing demand for services with limited resources. Innovations may provide opportunities to respond creatively and effectively to growing health demands.

  • Providing Medical Support to Light Footprint Operations

    09 Jun 2017

    Within the European Common Security and Defence Policy context, many challenges preclude providing effective medical support to Light Footprint Operations. Improving standards for greater interoperability is one of many recommendations.

  • Patient Direct Access to NHS Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

    08 Jun 2017

    In the NHS, patients with musculoskeletal conditions currently need to see a GP before visiting a physiotherapist. As part of a larger project for Arthritis Research UK, RAND Europe addresses the question as to whether patient direct access to physiotherapy would be cost-effective.

  • Companies Should Measure the ROI for Preventive Healthcare Programmes

    30 May 2017

    Only a small amount of pharmaceutical companies measure the return on investment of their workplace health promotion programmes in a systematic manner, but data from GSK clearly demonstrates the potential business case for companies to invest in the health and wellbeing of its workforce.

  • Exploring and Communicating the Value of Health Data

    27 Apr 2017

    Health data could provide a variety of social and economic benefits to the health system, including quality gains for both healthcare delivery and health research and innovation. However, societal and technical challenges to value capture must first be addressed.