Research Projects on Health and Care

  • Genetically modified organism: wheat under microscope

    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.

  • Ellen Badger Community Hospital

    Lessons for Advancing Community Hospitals

    12 Jul 2017

    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.

  • Businesswoman suffering from neck pain at the office

    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.

  • Medical staff with the UK's Army Medical Services rush a mock casualty into a resuscitation suite during a training exercise

    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.

  • Physiotherapist helping a senior man with weights

    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.

  • Charts showing ROI

    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.

  • Health data displaying cardiac conduction system

    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.

  • Workplace Wellbeing Charter logo

    Analysing the Impact of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter

    18 Apr 2017

    Public Health England commissioned an analysis of the take-up and impact of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter; the end product includes a set of case studies to help strengthen and expand the evidence base that underpins the Charter.

  • Developing a Protocol for the Evaluation of ECDC Disease Programmes

    01 Feb 2017

    The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is planning a future evaluation of its seven ECDC Disease Programmes and has asked RAND Europe to establish a common protocol for the evaluation.

  • Children's Wing, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

    Evaluating the Impact of Oxford's Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

    26 Jan 2017

    RAND Europe and the Office of Health Economics evaluated the local impacts of the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre on local hospital care, research and industry.

  • Woman with insomnia, and alarm clock on night table showing 3 a.m.

    The Costs of Insufficient Sleep

    30 Nov 2016

    Sleep deprivation is associated with economic losses to five of the world’s largest economies, due to higher mortality risk and productivity losses at work. Economic modelling showed nations can lose up to 3 per cent of their GDP from insufficient sleep.

  • geodesic dome

    How Can Research Be Evaluated?

    14 Nov 2016

    Because of the growing demand for transparency and accountability in research evaluation, researchers developed a comprehensive list of evaluation tools and techniques and explained when each might be most useful and why. They then offered a list of 100 ideas for metrics that can be used to assess and communicate the value of biomedical research.

  • Salmonella typhimurium

    Evaluating the EC Action Plan Against Antimicrobial Resistance

    03 Nov 2016

    From research on new antimicrobials to surveillance and monitoring of AMR-related issues across the EU, an evaluation of the 2011 European Commission Action Plan against AMR assessed both the impacts of the plan and how effectively it was implemented.

  • The front entrance of Northern Ireland's Craigavon Area Hospital

    Assessing Health Services in Northern Ireland

    28 Oct 2016

    To help the OECD understand key elements of health and social care commissioning in Northern Ireland, researchers assessed key informant perceptions of how effectively the population's needs are being met, the use of strategic planning, and how well the system incentivises high quality, value for money service provision.

  • Businessman looking at mobile phone

    Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (cCBT) Has Positive Impact

    19 Oct 2016

    Studies of cCBT tools indicate that they have a positive effect on many mental health outcomes, particularly for those with depression, anxiety disorders and insomnia. Fewer studies examined work-related effects, but those were also positive.

  • Internet of Things illustration

    Accelerating the Internet of Things in the UK

    04 Oct 2016

    Insights from Internet of Things (IoT) implementations and informed users of technology led researchers to support a process for policy feedback that can inform IoT development and adoption in the UK.

  • Biomedical researcher analizing DNA

    Case Studies Show Oxford AHSN Adds Value

    20 Sep 2016

    An evaluation of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) found that it is capable of promoting high quality care and delivering projects which improve patient outcomes at a cost that appears to represent good value for money.

  • pills syringe stethoscope

    Numerous Factors Influence How Physicians Treat Hepatitis-C

    23 Aug 2016

    A wide variety of factors influence physicians’ treatment decisions for patients with hepatitis C. These include clinical factors, comorbidities, population groups, sociodemographic factors, and patient behaviour, as well as health financing and cost-effectiveness, access to care, and more.

  • Gavel, scales and stethoscope

    Evaluating offender liaison and diversion trial schemes

    13 Jul 2016

    Researchers evaluated a new model of liaison and diversion (L&D) schemes, which aim to improve early identification of a range of health vulnerabilities among people passing through the UK youth or adult criminal justice system.

  • woman in oxygen mask

    "Living with Breathlessness" Seeks Better End-of-Life Care for COPD Patients

    06 Jun 2016

    RAND Europe explored whether stakeholders agreed with and anticipated problems implementing the recommendations of the "Living with Breathlessness" research programme to improve end-of-life care for patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).