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LSE Health awarded major European grant for big data project

LSE Health has been awarded its first major European big data grant. From January 2017 it will coordinate 36 organisations in a public-private consortium with a total budget of 7.2 million Euros. As the leading academic partner, LSE Health will play a prominent role in developing the Innovative Medicines Initiative’s “Big Data for Better Outcomes” (BD4BO) programme strategy. Read more...


Childhood bullying places 'long term strain' on UK mental health services

New research shows that childhood bullying has a strong link to mental health service use throughout a person’s life, putting additional strain on an “already overstretched” UK healthcare system. A study by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and King’s College London, tracking mental health service use among more than 9000 people over a 40-year-period using data from the 1958 British Birth Cohort, provides unequivocal evidence of the link. Read more...


Is intergenerational living the secret to good mental health in old age?

Intergenerational cohabitation (parents and adult children living in the same household) may have contributed to curbing high rates of depressive symptoms among older people during the Great Recession, according to new research from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and King’s College London. Read more...


Health experts report US$246 billion cost of workplace depression across eight countries

New data released today shows that workplace depression is a major issue across different cultures and economies, with “wide and devastating” consequences for thousands of organisations worldwide. In a study of eight countries spanning diverse cultures and GDP, researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) say depression is collectively costing the nations of Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa and the USA more than US$246 billion a year. Read more...


Report calls for global action to tackle dementia crisis

A new report from Alzheimer’s Disease International, authored by researchers at King’s College London and LSE's Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) reveals that most people with dementia have yet to receive a diagnosis, let alone comprehensive and continuing healthcare. The World Alzheimer Report 2016: Improving healthcare for people living with dementia, calls for concerted action to increase the coverage of healthcare for people with dementia worldwide. Read more...


Dementia toolkit to help patients, carers and healthcare workers

A comprehensive web tool bringing together scientific evidence on dementia care and treatment has been developed by researchers at LSE's Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU). Launched today (Wednesday 3 August), the Dementia Evidence Toolkit is the first of its kind in the world and brings together over 3,000 empirical journal articles and 700 systematic reviews. Read more...


Report outlines Chinese pharmaceutical system reforms

A report published by LSE Health and the State Council of China finds that China’s pharmaceutical system will struggle to cope with the twin challenges of a rapidly aging population and increases in non-communicable diseases.

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Title TBA

Date: Tuesday 24 January 2017
Time: 12:45-13:45
Venue: TW2.9.04
Speaker: Professor Peter Smith (Imperial College London)

Signup: http://lsehscformalsmith.eventbrite.co.uk

Inaugural International Health Policy Conference 2017

Date: February 16-19 2017
Venue: London School of Economics (room TBC)
Details: LSE Health & Social Care and the LSE’s Department of Social Policy announces a call for papers for the inaugural International Health Policy Conference, to be held at the LSE from 16th -19th February 2017. This unique conference seeks to bring together academics and policy-makers from a wide range of disciplines to take a multi-disciplinary approach to key health and social care issues.

Find out more and register here.

Title TBA

Date: Wednesday 26 April 2017
Time: 12:45-13:45
Venue: Alumni Theatre
Speaker: Professor Matthew Sutton (Manchester)

Signup: https://lsehscformalsutton.eventbrite.co.uk

Big Issues in Health Policy

Date: 28-30 April 2017
Venue: The Ritz Carlton Hotel, South Beach, Miami
Details: This event is a CME accredited event.  The event will cover:            

  • Changes in immigration policies and the health workforce: BREXIT, the EU and the USA.              
  • Obamacare – The future and progress made.              
  • Developments in Randomised Control Trials.              
  • Global incentives and Big Pharmaceuticals.               

The event will bring together professionals from the healthcare industry, and will feature speakers who are prominent academics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and MDs from Cleveland Clinic.

Find out more and register here.

Title TBA

Date: Wednesday 10 May 2017
Time: 12:45-13:45
Venue: Alumni Theatre
Speaker: Professor Marjon van der Pol (Aberdeen)

Signup: https://lsehscformalvanderpol.eventbrite.co.uk

To view all forthcoming and past events, please see the events page.

The latest issue of Health Economics, Policy and Law is now available online

In this issue there are articles on competition in China’s public hospital system (by Jay Pan, Xuezheng Qin and Chee-Ruey Hsieh), on medical disputes in Chinese public hospitals (by Alex Jingwei He and Jiwei Qian), and on how the pharmaceutical industry influences prescriptions in Shanghai (by Wei Yang). There is also an article on the health service system for native Americans in the United States (by Tiffany Henley and Maureen Boshier).

The issue finishes with a debate section led by Tony Culyer on the use of cost-effectiveness thresholds in health care, with responses from Anthony Harris, and Michael Gusmano & Gregory Kaebnick.

The issue can be viewed here.

New Eurohealth, Special Gastein Issue on Demographics and Diversity in Europe

Eurohealth Volume 22 Number 3

This issue’s Eurohealth, which addresses many topics covered in the 2016 European Health Forum Gastein on the topic ‘Demographics and Diversity in Europe: New Solutions for Health’ is published by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies   (in which LSE Health is a partner). Health leaders from the EU, WHO/Europe, Austria, Slovakia and other important institutions present their views and ideas. The Observer section covers: Reconciling demographics and diversity, Inter-culturally competent health care, Health literacy, Innovative solutions for health, Dementia, and the Life-course approach and intersectoral action. The International Section contains articles on: Life-course vaccination, Innovation and patient benefit, Hearing loss, and Health priorities of Slovak EU Presidency. The International Section contains articles on: Refugees and German hospital care, and Big data for health services research.


New Eurohealth, Special issue on priorities for health systems strengthening in the WHO European Region

Eurohealth Volume 22 Number 2

This special issue, marking the 20th anniversary of the Ljubljana Charter on Reforming health care in Europe, published by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies   (in which LSE Health is a partner), explores how Member States are strengthening their health systems in line with the recently launched strategic document “Priorities for health systems strengthening in the WHO European Region 2015–2020: walking the talk on people centredness”. Articles include: Introducing the issue; Priorities for strengthening people centred health systems; Transforming health services to meet the health challenges of the 21st century (Germany, Scotland, Republic of Armenia); Moving towards universal health coverage and a Europe free from impoverishing out-of-pocket payments; Enhancing the health workforce (Wales, Republic of Kazakhstan, Malta, Hungary); Ensuring equitable access to cost-effective medicines and technology (Denmark, Republic of Moldova); Improving health information and health information systems’ (Portugal, Slovenia, the Observatory); and Publications.


New Eurohealth on The changing role of nursing

Eurohealth Volume 22 Number 1

Edited by Sherry Merkur, Anna Maresso and David McDaid, this issue’s Eurohealth published by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies  (in which LSE Health is a partner), examines the changing role of nursing, including articles on the state of nursing in the European Union, nurse migration, EU accession and nursing, and whether there an EU framework for nurse education. Other articles include: Health priorities of the Dutch EU Presidency; Implementation status of the cross-border care directive; Making sense of EU health law; Managed entry agreements in the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania); What does the Euro Health Consumer Index tell us; and Eurohealth Monitor.


The latest issue of Health Economics, Policy and Law is now online

This issue starts with original research articles on health care mergers (by Jeroen Postma and Anne-Fleur Roos), on switching in health insurance markets (by Daniëlle Duijmelinck and Wynand van de Ven), on the impact of Dutch health care reforms (by Hans Maarse, Patrick Jeurissen and Dirk Ruwaard), on prescription drug costs in the EU (by Eleanor Brooks and Robert Geyer), and on the regulation of primary care in the US (by Michael Richards and Daniel Polsky).

There is then a response from David Chinitz and Avi Israeli to a previously published article on health care in Israel that was written by Dani Filc and Nissim Cohen, and a response to the response by the original authors.

The issue finishes with a review article by Paul McCrone of a book on the rise of ADHD treatment that was written by Stephen Hinshaw and Richard Scheffler.

The issue can be found here.


New Eurohealth on Providing emergency medical care

Eurohealth Volume 21 Number 4

Edited by Sherry Merkur, Anna Maresso and David McDaid, this issue’s Eurohealth - from the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies - addresses emergency medical care. Its Observer section looks at the challenge of providing emergency medical care, including articles on out-of-hours primary care and demand for emergency medical services, urgent care and the English NHS 111 experience, and waiting time policies in the health sector. Other articles include: Challenges and concerns in the new era of EU health policy; Variable implementation of eHealth services within the EU; Medicrime Convention to fight against counterfeit medicines; National men’s health policies (Ireland); Hospital reforms (Switzerland); and Eurohealth Monitor.

To view more outputs, please see the outputs page.

Listed below are the three most recent blog posts from the LSEHSC blog:

Best practice in perinatal mental health care: Which interventions are good value-for-money?
by Annette Bauer Earlier this year the former Prime Minister placed targeted mental health support for new mums at the top of the agenda for mental health service reform. This included an investment of £290 million for specialist care over the next five years for mothers before and after having their babies. While this is great news and a timely […]

Cost of depression in the workplace across eight diverse countries – collectively US$250 billion
by Sara Evans-Lacko and Martin Knapp Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide. Previous research has shown that by far the greatest contributor to the overall economic impact of depression is loss in productivity; including both increased absenteeism and presenteeism-related costs in the workplace. However, there is very little research on the costs of depression outside of Western countries […]

What works best in congenital heart disease? Comparing two interventions for treatment of Aortic Coarctation
By Kaya Olczak, Maximilian Salcher and Huseyin Naci Aortic coarctation is a congenital heart disease characterised by the narrowing of the aorta, commonly resulting in increased morbidity and decreased life expectancy. Despite a relatively low number of affected patients (3 to 4 cases per 10 000 live births) the follow-up after intervention procedures is expensive, due to required ongoing monitoring […]