Current Projects: Health and Healthcare

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    Practices and combinations of practices for health and wellbeing at work

    Researchers are examining the factors that enable or hinder the implementation of workplace health and wellbeing practices. The research will consider whether certain combinations of practices are more effective than other combinations, or effective for some types of organisations and not others.

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    Consumer behaviours and attitudes to food in the UK

    A rapid evidence assessment of consumer behaviours and attitudes to food in the UK aims to offer a nuanced examination and evaluation of the drivers behind UK food purchasing and consumption.

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    What are the impacts of the indoor environment on child health?

    Researchers are exploring the impact of poor indoor climate — such as damp, mould and excess cold — on child health, to help inform policymakers of the potential benefits of renovating inadequate housing and to provide wider evidence to the public on the importance of living in a healthy home.

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    Understanding decisions about early cancer diagnosis interventions

    Cancer Research UK has asked RAND Europe to help them improve their understanding of how commissioners of healthcare services and Cancer Alliances make decisions at a local level about early diagnosis interventions for cancer.

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    Supporting the Asia's Healthiest Workplace Competition

    For two years, RAND Europe has supported AIA Vitality's contest. Doing so enables researchers to explore the health trends—employee lifestyle, clinical indicators, mental health and other areas of concern—among participating Asia-Pacific workplaces.

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    Supporting the 'Britain's Healthiest Workplace' Competition

    Since 2014, RAND Europe has designed and run surveys, analysed results, and provided customised reports to organisations that participate in the annual Britain's Healthiest Workplace competition. The contest’s central aims are to raise awareness and gain a better understanding of how organisations can engage with the wellness of their employees.

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    Evaluating the development of the Q initiative from 2016-2020

    RAND Europe is conducting a four-year, independent evaluation of the second phase of the Q Initiative to help guide the learning of the Q project team and wider stakeholders as they continue their implementation of Q across the UK. The research will support strategic decision-making and inform the ongoing design and management of Q and also assess the initiative's impact.

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    BRACE-NIHR rapid service evaluation centre for healthcare in England

    The Birmingham, RAND and Cambridge Evaluation (BRACE) Centre is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to conduct rapid evaluations of promising new services and innovations in healthcare.

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    Using historical foresight to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

    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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    Innovation as a Driver of Quality and Productivity in UK Healthcare

    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.

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    Evaluating the European Medicines Agency Fee System

    The EMA established a fee system to ensure a sound financial basis for its assessments of medicines and other pharmacovigilance activities at the EU level. RAND Europe is evaluating whether the fee system is fair and avoids unnecessary administrative burdens on fee payers, among other questions.

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    Evaluation of the Innovation Fund Health-led Trials

    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.

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    Patient Direct Access to NHS Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

    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.

  • Developing a Protocol for the Evaluation of ECDC Disease Programmes

    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.

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    The Contribution of UK Public Health Research to Clinical Guidelines

    The Department of Health commissioned RAND Europe to measure and characterise the contribution of UK public health research to UK clinical guidelines. The project team was also asked to carry out a comparison with other areas of healthcare and across different areas of public health such as smoking, alcohol abuse, skin cancers, physical activity and obesity

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    Focusing on Mental Health and Wellbeing

    RAND Europe’s growing work in the field of mental health and wellbeing draws on expertise from across a range of disciplines and methodological backgrounds to bring an innovative perspective to our projects. In particular, our well-established reputation in healthcare research is complemented by extensive science policy expertise, particularly in the field of research evaluation.

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    Independent evaluation of the Flow Coaching Academy programme

    To help improve patient flow through the healthcare system, researchers are evaluating a novel programme that applies team coaching skills and improvement science at the care pathway level.

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    Helping the NHS Evaluate and Promote the Health of its Workforce

    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.

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    Innovation in the NHS: Strategies for Future Sustainability and Impact

    To provide specific and actionable lessons and to help improve the innovation process, its outcomes, and impacts on population health, researchers from RAND Europe and the University of Manchester are exploring the different ways innovation occurs in National Health Service organisations.

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    Modeling the Economic Benefits of Malaria Control in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Because malaria causes significant health problems and can also impair economic and social development in some parts of the world, large-scale prevention programmes have the potential to contribute considerably to sustainable economic development. RAND Europe is working to enhance computable models that take into account the many interactions throughout an economy, to include health benefits impacts and understand how economies may respond to different malaria control strategies.