Research Projects on Health and Care

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    When Should NHS 'Move Care into the Community'?

    27 May 2016

    ‘Moving care into the community’ is a prominent feature of NHS policy. Research by RAND Europe on outpatient clinics indicates when the policy makes sense and how it can be more effective.

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    Developing a Plan to Evaluate the Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme

    24 May 2016

    To help NHS England improve its new Integrated Personal Commissioning programme, RAND Europe defined a plan for the programme's evaluation and worked with the nine demonstrator sites to ensure the needed data were collected.

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    Alice-Rap reframes European approach to addiction

    24 May 2016

    RAND Europe led a research area within the Addictions and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe – Reframing Addictions Project, a 5-year EU project to help policymakers rethink approaches to the human and economic costs of addictions by weaving the work of over 150 scientists in 25 countries into an integrated evidence base.

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    The National Institute of Health Research at 10 Years

    18 May 2016

    To mark the NIHR's tenth anniversary, the UK Department of Health commissioned an impact synthesis of how NIHR has benefited the health research landscape.

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    Better Health Outcomes Are Related to Social Expenditure

    11 May 2016

    Research shows that, across OECD countries, higher levels of social spending are strongly associated with better health, and the association is particularly strong for public social spending. Additionally, the association between social spending and better health strengthens over time.

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    Evaluating the Q Initiative for UK Healthcare Quality Improvement

    10 May 2016

    To inform the direction and strategy of Q, an initiative led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS England, RAND Europe evaluated the initiative and provided real-time feedback throughout its first year. The evaluation focused on identifying problems and practical solutions.

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    Exploring the Future of Genomic Medicine: Learning from Population-Scale Sequencing initiatives

    29 Apr 2016

    Population-scale genome-sequencing initiatives have evolved over the past two decades. RAND Europe examines progress made in terms of the initiatives' scientific, technological and biomedical contributions, and their influence on the institutions that govern science and innovation more widely.

  • Woman with cancer using a laptop in bed

    (How) Are Quality of Life Assessments Used During Cancer Treatment?

    18 Apr 2016

    Although quality of life considerations are important for all cancer treatment, they may be particularly important when survival prospects are limited. RAND Europe explored whether, when, how, and what quality of life assessment tools are used in the treatment and care of cancer patients.

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    Measuring Spillovers Between UK Public, Charity and Private Medical Research

    11 Apr 2016

    The King’s Policy Institute, the Office of Health Economics and RAND Europe developed a methodology to estimate how many pounds of pharmaceutical industry R&D is stimulated in the UK by public or charity spending on medical research.

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    Helping the NHS Evaluate and Promote the Health of its Workforce

    05 Apr 2016

    A comprehensive survey of staff health and wellbeing at a selection of NHS organisations will map in detail the physical and mental health of NHS staff as well as their perceptions of existing work-wellbeing initiatives and organisational culture.

  • UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre

    Evaluation Offers Recommendations for UCLH-Macmillan Cancer Partnership

    04 Apr 2016

    Through CCHSR, RAND Europe helped to evaluate the University College London Hospitals partnership with Macmillan Cancer Centre, a programme offering patient and carer support, and provided recommendations for its continued improvement.

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    Galvanising the NHS to Adopt Innovation

    22 Mar 2016

    A series of interviews and workshops helped RAND Europe evaluate three measures proposed as part of the NHS Accelerated Access Review interim report to encourage the adoption of innovation. RAND assessed the feasibility of the measures and factors likely to facilitate or challenge their success.

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    Lessons from Three Retrosight Studies Suggest Taking a 'DECISIVE' Approach to Research Funding

    28 Jan 2016

    Having conducted three studies using the Retrosight approach, we identified eight lessons which form a ‘DECISIVE’ approach to biomedical and health research funding.

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    Innovation, Health and Wealth: A Formative and Summative Evaluation

    13 Jan 2016

    The Department of Health’s strategy for improving care and creating greater wealth through innovation, known as ‘Innovation, Health and Wealth’ (IHW), has the potential to systematically change the way the NHS operates. RAND Europe evaluated whether and how IHW actions have worked as planned and contributed to achieving the strategy's overarching aims.

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    Accelerated Access Review of Innovative Medicines and Medical Technologies

    10 Jul 2015

    RAND Europe supported the Accelerated Access Review of innovative medicines and medical technologies by examining international examples of accelerating the use of drugs, devices and diagnostics. One key conclusion is that a systems approach to speeding up the adoption of medical innovation will be necessary.

  • The Future of Anticoagulation to Treat Atrial Fibrillation

    02 Jun 2015

    As the heart arrhythmia atrial fibrillation (AF) is becoming more prevalent, the Future of Anticoagulation initiative explored current and future landscapes for AF-related stroke prevention. As part of that initiative RAND Europe recommends efforts to target awareness, education and maintaining engagement across health services.

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    Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in the Workplace

    22 May 2015

    Using data collected in an employer and employee survey for the Britain’s Healthiest Company competition, RAND Europe produced a study detailing the relationship between a broad set of health and lifestyle risk factors and workplace productivity, albeit with a number of significant caveats. Our findings suggest that lack of sleep, financial concerns and giving unpaid care to family members negatively affect productivity.

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    Cambridge Workers Surveyed about Quality of Life

    21 May 2015

    To better its understanding of what the typical employee of a Cambridge business feels about their current quality of life, RAND Europe conducted a survey targeted at the working population of Cambridge. Housing and traffic were the greatest concerns, while leisure, education and health were associated with local area satisfaction.