Current Projects: Health and Healthcare

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    Assessing the use of new technologies for infectious disease surveillance, prevention and control

    RAND Europe is providing research and support for the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) for the assessment of new technologies for infectious disease surveillance, prevention and control over the next two years.

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    Assessing digital technologies for infectious disease surveillance, prevention and control

    Research into up-and-coming technologies is intended help to improve situational awareness and inform the coordination of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)’s infection control in response to outbreak events.

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    Assessing EHR for infectious disease surveillance, prevention and control

    Electronic health records (EHR) data could greatly help infectious disease surveillance, but their use varies across Europe. Researchers are mapping EHR use to assess the feasibility of using EHR data for infectious disease surveillance.

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    Assessing POCT for infectious disease surveillance, prevention and control

    Researchers are examining the availability of point-of-care testing (POCT) devices to diagnose the 56 communicable diseases and related health issues currently under EU surveillance, and mapping trends in the use of POCT in Europe.

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    Supporting the Asia's Healthiest Workplace Competition

    For three 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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    Britain's Healthiest Workplace survey findings

    Absence and presenteeism accounts for an average of 38 days' lost productivity per employee per year, marking an upward trend in lost productivity since 2014, when the number was only 23 days.

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    Making outcome-based payment a reality in the NHS: Phase 2

    To prepare for the implementation of a pilot scheme to pay for cancer drugs based on achieved outcomes, researchers are addressing issues identified in the first phase of research, such as the quality and completeness of real-world data on key patient outcomes.

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.