Research Projects on Health and Care

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    Eastern AHSN Transformation Support Unit Shows Positive Impact

    03 Aug 2018

    Stakeholders and 'customers' say the Eastern Academic Health Science Network's TSU—which helps implement innovative solutions to challenges faced by health and care providers—has supported them with their pilots and network building. An evaluation provides recommendations for further improvements.

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    Research identifies promising practices in health and wellbeing at work

    25 Jul 2018

    Many health and wellbeing interventions are available to UK employers. Researchers graded them against Nesta standards and developed case studies of the most promising practices that support policy and organisational decision making.

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    Investigating Social Impact Bonds for Health and Social Care

    20 Jul 2018

    Health and social care services in five SIB-funded projects were more flexibly provided than in similar non-SIB projects, but it is unclear whether this resulted in better client outcomes. Attribution of outcomes to the SIB-financed intervention should be prioritised in the future.

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    Updating an Evaluation of Grant Peer Review in the Health Sciences

    15 Jun 2018

    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research asked RAND Europe to update the 2009 study on grant peer review to provide a more widely applicable source of evidence around the strengths and weaknesses of peer review for grant funding assessment.

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    Using historical foresight to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

    16 Apr 2018

    Researchers are examining complex and enduring policy issues that have implications for public health (climate change and tobacco control) to gain a new perspective on how to tackle AMR. The team will look at how historical analysis can be used in future approaches to scenario planning and policymaking, with a particular focus on AMR policy.

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    Pre-Evaluation of the Communities of Practice (CoPs) Programme

    20 Mar 2018

    Researchers conducted a scoping exercise to help plan and prepare for a more systematic and complete evaluation of the Health Innovation Network's Communities of Practice, while also providing immediate evidence to help CoPs improve their effectiveness.

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    Exploring the implementation of new cardiovascular risk assessment tools

    19 Mar 2018

    As part of the pan-EU project EPIC-CVD, which aims to provide clinicians and policymakers with a range of evidence-based policy options for cost-effective, individualised risk assessment for cardiovascular disease, researchers explored options for the implementation of new cardiovascular risk assessment tools across Europe.

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    Evaluating the Optimal Lengths of Prescription Plans

    14 Mar 2018

    A review of clinical and economic evidence, followed by economic modelling, suggests that the NHS should rethink its policies and guidance promoting 28-day vs three-month prescription lengths. Three-month prescriptions were associated with lower administrative costs and improved medication adherence.

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    Evaluating the Impact of EU R&D into PRNDs

    21 Feb 2018

    EU-funded research and development into poverty-related and neglected diseases has had a significant impact on strengthening research capacity in low- and middle-income countries, but its effects on encouraging universal health coverage is less clear.

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    Calculating the Economic Returns of Musculoskeletal Research

    26 Jan 2018

    A team of researchers from RAND Europe, King’s College London and HERG estimated the health and economic benefits of UK investment in medical research into musculoskeletal disease (MSD). Their best estimate of the internal rate of return from MSD-related research was 7%, which is similar to the 9% for cardiovascular disease and 10% for cancer research.

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    SBRI Healthcare Programme Helps Small Businesses Innovate for NHS

    30 Oct 2017

    The SBRI Healthcare programme is viewed as providing effective support for small companies to develop innovations that address NHS needs. Because some businesses have asked for more support taking innovations to the NHS, Academic Health Science Networks need clear guidance about how they could support SBRI-supported companies.

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    Transforming Urgent and Emergency Care through Vanguards

    16 Oct 2017

    Urgent and Emergency Care (UEC) vanguards have driven progress concerning the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of UEC services but there are still challenges for long-term impact.

  • Connected Society Thought Leadership Programme

    12 Oct 2017

    RAND Europe worked partnership with the Corsham Institute to design and deliver the 2016 and 2017 Thought Leadership Programmes. The consultations explored the opportunities and challenges that digital technologies are creating within society.

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    Using Ambulance Data to Understand Violent Crime

    09 Oct 2017

    A review of three years' worth of regional ambulance and police reports found that more than two-thirds of ambulance call-outs were not found in police data. Ambulance data is collected automatically and sharing it would be easily scalable.

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    'Telephone First' Not a Panacea for GPs

    06 Oct 2017

    GPs can deal with many patients' problems on the phone, but the ‘telephone first’ approach does not suit all patients or practices. It is not a ‘silver-bullet’ for meeting demand and would not necessarily save money or reduce secondary care utilisation.

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    Exploring Health Futures

    21 Sep 2017

    Through a survey of experts from across the health and science fields, researchers captured 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.

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    Understanding How Organisations Ensure Fair Decision Making

    20 Sep 2017

    The General Medical Council asked RAND Europe to identify relevant lessons from multiple sectors in the UK where professionals make complex, high-impact decisions in a regulatory context. Researchers investigated the tools, practices and processes used by organisations in the healthcare regulation, legal regulation and defence and security sectors.

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    Developing Standards for Synthetic Biology

    11 Sep 2017

    Researchers identified the impact the adoption of synthetic biology is likely to have on the global marketplace, as well as barriers to preventing the rapid scale-up and commercialisation of the technology.

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    Delaying U.S. School Start Times Would Have Large Benefits

    30 Aug 2017

    An economic analysis shows that delaying U.S. high school start times is a cost-effective, population-level strategy that could have a significant, positive impact on public health and the U.S. economy.

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    Understanding Mental Health in the Research Environment

    22 Aug 2017

    Burnout and stress can be a challenge for university research staff and postgraduates. An exploration of the strengths and limitations of the existing evidence base on mental health in the research environment found that more work is needed to understand both the needs of researchers and how they can be addressed.