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Modelling a cognitive footprint to meet the global challenge of dementia

The increase in dementia cases around the world has led to predictions of unaffordable treatment costs over the coming decades, to the point that many countries have had to develop "national dementia plans".

In this article in The Lancet, Martin Rossor, together with PSSRU's Martin Knapp, discuss the concept of a "cognitive footprint"; similar to a carbon footprint, the cognitive footprint can either be negative or positive. This can be used to assess and model potential cognitive effects of medical and public health interventions. Click here to read the full article.


LSE report shows dementia costs Wales £1.4 billion a year

A new LSE report commissioned by the Alzheimer’s Society reveals the hidden cost of dementia in Wales is estimated at £1.4 billion, an average cost of £31,300 per person each year.

The report, prepared by LSE’s Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) is the first of its kind to analyse the economic impact that dementia has on Welsh society and was the subject of a panel discussion ‘Can Wales afford to ignore dementia?’ on Tuesday 14 July at the National Assembly for Wales. Read more...

Click here to view the full report.


Studying health inequalities - An applied approach - Jonathan Wistow, Gerald Wistow, Tim Blackman, David Byrne

New public health governance arrangements under the coalition government have wide reaching implications for the delivery of health inequality interventions. Through the framework of understanding health inequalities as a 'wicked problem', the book develops an applied approach to researching, understanding and addressing these by drawing on complexity theory. Case studies illuminate the text, illustrating and discussing the issues in real life terms and enabling public health, health promotion and health policy students at postgraduate level to fully understand and address the complexities of health inequalities. The book is a valuable resource on current UK public health practice for academics, researchers and public health practitioners.

See more at the publisher's website.

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PSSRU entry winners at the LSE Research Festival 2015

PSSRU is delighted that two of our colleagues have won prizes at the 2015 LSE Research Festival; Madeleine Stevens’ entry, “Children at risk of developing antisocial and criminal behaviour” (pictured left) is a poster of research depicted in a comic strip format which came first “highly commended” in the Poster category.  The judges said "The cartoon format is unusual and engaging and tells a story that serves to personalise the topic and make it accessible. There is a useful arrangement of additional information."
Francesco D’Amico’s entry “Public costs for young adults with behavioural problems in their childhood” came second “highly commended” in the Group Research category. The infographic summarises the findings of a 20 year study developed between researchers from PSSRU and The University of Nottingham.

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Workshop on the Public Financing of Long Term Care (Special Issue of Fiscal Studies)
Date: Monday 3 August 2015
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Venue: 32L.B.07

Long-term care programmes have experienced an expansion of government intervention. Population ageing and social change within families (making informal care-giving costly) put significant pressures on government expenditures. A special issue of Fiscal Studies will bring together ideas and empirical evidence to learn more about how to tackle the increasing demand for long-term care programees; to measure costs and beenfits of different interventions; and to assess ahead of time whether the costs are manageable and under control. Papers presented at this workshop will shed some light on how to respond to questions of funding, sustainability, quality, equity and choice.

Click here for a copy of the workshop programme. Click here for further information on attending the workshop.

HEPL 10th Anniversary event
Thursday 22 October 2015
Time: 18:15 - 19:45 
Venue: LSE

An event to mark the 10th anniversary of Health Economics Policy and Law will take place at the London School of Economics from 18:00 - 19:45 on Thursday 22 October 2015. The programme will begin with some words about HEPL from Patrick McCartan of Cambridge University Press. There will then be short statements from some of the members of HEPL’s International Advisory Board on what they think the biggest challenges will be in health care policy, either from the perspective of their own country or internationally, over the next 10 years. The presenters reflect the mix of disciplinary perspectives on which HEPL focuses (i.e. economics, political science and law).

Click here for further information.

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

New Eurohealth on Health system developments in former Soviet countries

Eurohealth Volume 21 Number 2

Edited by Sherry Merkur, Anna Maresso and David McDaid, this issue’s Eurohealth Observer section looks at the challenges and achievements of former Soviet countries with regards to primary care, specialised and inpatient services, and pharmaceutical care as well as reforms in Ukraine and challenges to universal coverage in Uzbekistan. Other articles include: Health priorities for Luxembourg’s EU Presidency; Care for older people in Denmark and Norway; Dutch expectation on out-of-pocket payments; Inequity in long-term care use in Spain; and Eurohealth Monitor.



Assessing Improvements in Dementia Care and Support

The Department of Health (DH) commissioned a team from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (as part of the Policy Innovation Research Unit (PIRU) and with support from the NIHR School for Social Care Research) to conduct a review to map data available and to summarise key research evidence on trends in dementia care in England over recent years, particularly since 2009.

The report "Independent assessment of improvements in dementia care and support since 2009" is now available - click here.


Eurohealth Volume 21 Number 1

Reducing inequalities in health and health care

This Eurohealth issue provides a reflection on the 7th European Public Health Conference which was held in late 2014 in Glasgow. Articles in the Observer section look specifically at health inequalities - How Roma communities are responding to these; adaptation of health promotion and disease prevention interventions for migrant and ethnic minority populations; and the Glasgow Declaration. Other articles include: Learning from each other - where health promotion meets infectious diseases; Public health monitoring and reporting; Changing your health behaviour - regulate or not; Developing the public health workforce; Building sustainable and resilient health care systems; Leaving a legacy in Glasgow; Conclusions; and Eurohealth Monitor.

To view more publications, please see the publications page.

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

Social investment in long-term care
by Geoff Ellis More people now reach an age where declining health make them dependent on help from others. Only a few EU countries provide extensive, publically financed care for these frail older people. In many countries, most care is provided on an unpaid, informal basis by family members, most of whom are women. While rising life expectancy increases the […]

Are bigger nursing homes better?
by Edward Norton Larger nursing homes appear to have lower mortality than smaller facilities. It is well known that larger homes tend to be lower cost, so we can ask whether economies of scale translate somehow into better quality. Is nursing home size related to quality of care? It is very hard to figure out the level of nursing home […]

Health system developments in former Soviet countries
by¬†Sherry Merkur, Anna Maresso and David McDaid Nearly 25 years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union all of the countries in the region are actively engaged in the process of reforming their health care systems, with various degrees of success. The latest issue of Eurohealth (volume 21, issue 2), just been published by the European Observatory on Health Systems […]


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