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New study describes the development of a new value framework for the evaluation of new medicines

A new milestone study by LSE Health’s Aris Angelis and Panos Kanavos has been published in the journal Social Science & Medicine. Funded by the European Commission (Advance-HTA project), the research describes the development of a new value framework for the evaluation of new health care interventions and is specifically designed for use within the context of Heath Technology Assessment (HTA) for the purpose of facilitating coverage and reimbursement decisions of new medicines from the perspective of HTA and payer bodies. Access the article here.


LSE announces new Department of Health Policy

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has launched a new Department of Health Policy, consolidating the School’s existing work and building on its teaching and expertise in the Health Policy field. The new department will build on LSE’s burgeoning Global Health research programme which has seen the recruitment of a number of Global Health experts as well as playing a leading role in the launch of a new School-wide Global Health research initiative. Read more...


New study exposes major flaws in drug approvals

A new study led by Huseyin Naci of LSE Health has exposed major flaws in the fast tracking of some drugs available to the American public without any stringent clinical evidence of their benefits.

Researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the United States say that many US patients with serious illnesses are being treated by drugs which have questionable data. Read more...


New research shows group singing helps people with COPD breathe again

Research involving David McDaid and A-La Park recruited COPD sufferers into singing groups and monitored them over a year, concluding that regular singing has a positive impact on people suffering from the respiratory illness. The findings will be launched at an event on 6 June at the Royal Festival Hall London. Read more...

LSE CEP Election Brief Health

The NHS and Social Care: Prospects for Funding, Staffing and Performance into the 2020s

Professor Alistair Maguire of LSE Health has authored a new CEP Health Briefing exploring prospects for funding, staffing, and performance of the NHS into the 2020s, as well as the crisis of funding in the delivery of social care for the elderly.

Download the full briefing here.


Interdisciplinary Global Health research platform hosts internal launch

LSE staff and students from across the School came together to discuss their Global Health work at the internal launch of the multi-disciplinary Global Health Initiative. The event kicked off with a seminar exploring how Global Health is currently addressed at the LSE, with presentations by Elias Mossialos (LSE Health), Cathy Campbell (Psychological and
Behavioural Science
) and Ken Shadlen (International
).


PSSRU's Raphael Wittenberg acted as specialist adviser for CLG Select Committee Inquiry on adult social care

The Communities and Local Government Commons Select Committee published its adult social care inquiry report last week. PSSRU's Raphael Wittenberg acted as specialist adviser to the inquiry. PSSRU colleagues Jose-Luis Fernandez and Linda Pickard also provided oral evidence to the Committee.

Read more about the report and inquiry


LSE Health Director to co-Chair key WHO public health, innovation and intellectual property review panel

LSE Health Director, Professor Elias Mossialos has been elected to co-Chair a new review of the WHO’s global programme work in public health, innovation and intellectual property. Established at the request of the WHO Director General, the committee’s focus will be on reviewing the existing Global Strategy and Plan of Action and providing a new framework and action plan for the future. Read more...
Martin Knapp

Video and podcast: LSE Works event on promoting mental health - the economic case

PSSRU colleagues Martin Knapp, Eva-Maria Bonin and David McDaid showcased research on the economic case for promoting mental health as part of the LSE Works Seminar Series on 8 March.

The video and podcast from the event is now available to download from Promoting Mental Health: The Economic Case.


New public-private partnership launched to coordinate European health outcomes research initiative

On February 1, a public-private consortium was launched to facilitate the transition towards outcomes-focused health care systems across Europe. Over the next two years, the Big Data for Better Outcomes, Policy Innovation, and Healthcare Systems Transformation (DO-->IT) consortium will work towards using previously unavailable, linked ‘big’ data to reshape health care systems with the patient at the centre, measuring outcomes that matter and focusing resources on treatments that make a difference. Read more...

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Real-World Evidence in Oncology: Towards Innovative and Affordable Patient Care

Date: Thursday 6 July 2017
Time: 09:45-18:00
Venue: Mary Ward House Conference and Exhibition Centre, 5-7 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SN, United Kingdom

Real-World Evidence in Oncology: Towards Innovative and Affordable Patient Care is hosted by QuintilesIMS and the London School of Economics, taking place on the 6th July, at the Mary Ward House, London.  The theme of the conference is Using Real-World Evidence in Oncology Treatment, where speakers will share their views on current application and future innovations in this area. 

This must-attend event will be co-chaired by Elias Mossialos, Brian Abel-Smith Professor of Health Policy, London School of Economics (LSE), Alistair McGuire, Professor in Health Economics, LSE, and Ashley Woolmore, Vice President, Real World Insights, QuintilesIMS.

Click here for more information.

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

New Eurohealth on Measuring Efficiency in Health Care

Eurohealth Volume 23 Number 2

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) looks at measuring efficiency in health care. Being able to measure efficiency is one of the cornerstones of assessing the performance of health systems, and can help to achieve several objectives. This issue’s Eurohealth Observer section features two articles that explore central issues related to measuring the performance of health systems - Identify the causes of inefficiencies in health systems and The challenges of using cross-national comparisons of efficiency to inform health policy. The International Section contains a mix of articles covering the following areas: Does big data promise a better quality of life?; The SELFIE Framework for integrated care for multi-morbidity; Focusing on benefits beyond the health sector using the example of health literacy; and new draft EU Directive submits the regulation of health professions to a proportionality test. Then, the Systems and Policies section looks at new measures to increase the health budget in Romania, followed by Eurohealth Monitor.


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

In this issue, there are articles on some of the implications of Brexit; on health institutions in emerging economies; on court reimbursement decisions, and on health plan choice, in the Netherlands; on defensive medicine in Belgium; and on identifying value dimensions in health care (written by Joan Costa-Font and his colleagues).

The issue can be accessed here.


New Eurohealth on Harnessing Big Data for Health

Eurohealth Volume 23 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) looks at harnessing big data for health. The Eurohealth Observer section presents two articles: Connecting the dots - putting big data to work for health systems, and Big data for better outcomes - supporting health care system transformation in Europe. The International Section contains an article which discusses the health priorities of the 2017 Maltese EU Presidency. The Systems and Policies section looks at four topics: Reforms to inpatient care in Slovakia, American health law changes under the Trump Presidency, Health care reform in Kosovo, and Brexit and health in the UK; and Eurohealth Monitor.


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:

Getting research into policy in health: The GRIP-Health project
by Justin Parkhurst For many, the idea that health policy should be informed by evidence is an obvious goal. And indeed, the global health community has widely called for increased use or uptake of research and evidence, in health policymaking. However, a vast majority of these calls have been made without explicit recognition of the decidedly political nature of policymaking, […]

Direct payments in residential care
by Daniel Lombard Direct payments have been extended to people living in residential care in England for the first time, in a pilot programme initiated by the Department of Health (DH). The payments are one method of delivering personalisation, an approach towards public services where support is tailored to the needs and preferences of individual people, in order to promote […]

Autism through an Arts Lens: Comments on PSSRU’s LSE Literary Festival Session
by PSSRU organising team Autism through an Arts Lens takes place on Wednesday 22 February, 7.00-8.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE. This event is free and open to all. Tickets will be released on Tuesday 31 January. Over the last week we have received some useful comments and queries on our session on Autism through an […]