Research Projects on Health and Care

  • Women wearing pink for breast cancer and putting their hands together

    Societal impacts of treating breast cancer early

    11 Jun 2019

    Treating breast cancer early does not prevent its recurrence, but doing so can have implications for future research, policy, and practice. Researchers explored the evidence base on the broader health, societal and economic impacts from early breast cancer treatment and the wider costs to society of the progression of breast cancer.

  • Tablet pc with healthcare mobile apps, and medical objects on a desk

    Benchmarking deployment of eHealth among European GPs

    30 May 2019

    RAND Europe and partners measured the use of ICT and eHealth applications by primary care physicians in the EU 28 Member States and Norway, compared the results with a 2013 study, and analysed the main drivers of change and factors that can enhance or inhibit the role and use of technologies within health care.

  • Young woman sitting home in a chair by the window with cup of hot coffee, photo by ladysuzi/Adobe Stock

    Exploring the link between nature and mental health

    21 May 2019

    Researchers found emerging evidence of the positive association between being in a natural environment or engaging with nature-based interventions on the one hand, and improvement in mental health on the other.

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    Strategic surveillance for food safety

    14 May 2019

    Because the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) needed an approach to strategic surveillance, researchers designed an approach to strategic surveillance as well as an effective approach to selecting and prioritising topics and improving communication and coordination.

  • Recovery freeway exit sign

    Evaluation of drug and alcohol "payment by results" pilots

    03 May 2019

    Eight drug and alcohol recovery PbR pilots were evaluated to assess whether this new funding approach can stimulate the market to provide different services in these areas and encourage development of more effective recovery programmes.

  • Seniors playing cards in a retirement home

    Better evaluations can support the needs of older people in the UK

    25 Mar 2019

    Researchers explored how to improve the evaluation and evaluability of services for older people in the UK and made several recommendations for different stakeholder groups, including commissioners, evaluators, service providers, and national policymakers in NGOs and government.

  • Elderly man unloading the dishwasher

    Evaluation of the Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care Older People's Programme

    22 Mar 2019

    Researchers assessed changes in hospital utilisation following implementation of case management interventions in two boroughs of south London, in comparison to similar populations elsewhere. They found that the additional investment made through the programme cost more than it saved, possibly through the identification of unmet need.

  • Person using digital medical interface with a pen 3D rendering, photo by sdecoret/Adobe Stock

    Analysing Norway's health research and innovation system

    13 Mar 2019

    Researchers are developing case study examples of international health research and innovation initiatives and their key messages, to help support DAMVAD Analytics’ recommendations for the Norwegian health research and innovation system.

  • Man sits on a bed at night, photo by cliplab.pro/Adobe Stock

    How nightly bathroom trips affect health and productivity

    12 Mar 2019

    Nocturia —waking two or more times per night to void — is a common condition associated with lower life satisfaction, work engagement and productivity. An economic analysis also finds it costs up to $79 billion lost economic output per year across six countries.

  • Chemotherapy medication

    Making outcome-based payment a reality in the NHS: Phase 1

    21 Feb 2019

    Researchers assessed a new approach to paying for cancer drugs in England’s National Health Service based on achieved outcomes. Their findings may help to improve patient access to medicines and ensure value for the NHS.

  • Group of people providing input

    Enabling public contributions to health research

    15 Feb 2019

    Patient and public involvement (PPI) in health research can take place at different levels and across stages of a research cycle. Despite challenges, the growing focus on and increased commitment to PPI over the past decade has revealed some key enabling mechanisms and rewards.

  • Two happy elderly women sitting on a bench outdoors using earphones to listen to music on their smart phones

    Exploring Community-Based Social Innovations (CBSIs) for Healthy Ageing

    05 Feb 2019

    Researchers examined how CBSIs function across a number of rapidly ageing countries. They documented the policies, programmes and health system factors underpinning their success and provided recommendations for implementing policies and the CBSIs themselves.

  • Bright idea concept with light bulb

    How to translate research and drive innovation

    13 Dec 2018

    To ensure the continued excellence of the UK’s research and innovation (R&I) base, the existence and continuity of funding is key. Additionally, numerous interacting conditions are needed to translate research and stimulate innovation, but there is no ‘magic formula’ for these conditions to be implemented.

  • Innovation concept with augmented reality

    Measuring the distribution of benefits of research and innovation

    13 Dec 2018

    Economic analyses offer a compelling case for the benefits that research and innovation (R&I) can deliver, but R&I also offers numerous benefits that are either not easily monetised or not well understood. These include benefits to culture, public engagement, social cohesion and the environment.

  • How to enable NHS staff to contribute to healthcare research

    12 Dec 2018

    The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute sought evidence of why and how NHS staff contribute to healthcare research, as well as their associated engagement challenges and potential enabling mechanisms.

  • Group of active, cheerful friends in the park

    Requiring repayment of incentives encourages greater wellness

    27 Nov 2018

    Wellness incentives are more successful when they provide a benefit up front and require repayment if recipients do not maintain a required level of activity, according to a longitudinal study of nearly 500,000 programme participants.

  • Dance4Life participants

    Evaluation suggests next steps for Dance4Life

    21 Nov 2018

    Dance4life, an international youth initiative to raise awareness and promote prevention of HIV/AIDS, developed and piloted a new programme and implementation model. An evaluation of the pilot found many successes but also areas where improvements could be made.

  • Young nursing staff in an NHS hospital corridor

    Measuring employee engagement in the NHS

    11 Oct 2018

    Analysis of the NHS Healthy Workforce Survey and VitalityHealth’s Britain’s Healthiest Workplace survey found that staff engagement in the NHS is similar to other large UK employers with a similar demographic composition, and that demographic factors such as gender and age are associated with different levels of engagement.

  • Pregnant woman with hands on belly

    Additional metrics can help Tommy's measure their impact

    18 Sep 2018

    Because of its growth, the UK charity Tommy’s is developing a new strategy for their spending on efforts to reduce stillbirth, preterm birth, and miscarriages. Researchers examined the metrics Tommy's currently uses and suggested additional metrics to measure the impact of the charity's work.

  • Participants in a Q Lab discussion at the Barbican

    Evaluating the Q Improvement Lab

    14 Sep 2018

    RAND Europe and the University of Cambridge tested whether the Q Improvement Lab approach could become an effective, valuable way of developing ideas or interventions to support positive change at multiple levels of the health and care system.