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Thousands miss out on palliative care due to unfair health system

The UK’s palliative care system needs a major overhaul, according to an LSE report (released Wednesday 8 April), which reveals widespread inequities and a lack of services for non-cancer patients. Terminally ill patients with illnesses other than cancer; people aged over 85 years; black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups; and people living in socially deprived areas are all missing out on important palliative care services, the report from the London School of Economics and Political Science shows. Read more here|.

On 17 April, an editorial was published in The Lancet journal which comments on the findings of the report. This can be viewed here|.


Call for papers: Fiscal Studies -  Public Financing of Long Term Care

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 would bring together ideas and empirical evidence to learn more about how to tackle the increasing demand for long-term care programmes; to measure costs and benefits of different interventions; and to assess ahead of time whether the costs are manageable and under control. We expect to attract a set of papers that would shed some light on how to respond to questions of funding, sustainability, quality, equity and choice.

This issue of Fiscal Studies will be edited by Joan Costa-Font (London School of Economics), Eric French (UCL), Edward Norton (University of Michigan) and Luigi Siciliani (University of York).

For more information, read the full call for papers here|.


REF2014 Results

Results from REF2014 reconfirm LSE as a world-leading research university, with the Department of Social Policy ranking first in the UK for the percentage of its research rated world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).

All six of the Department's impact case studies were ranked 4*. LSEHSC contributed three of these to REF2014. Click here| to read the full case studies.

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HEPL 10th Anniversary event
Thursday 22 October 2015
Time: 18:00 - 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|.


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.


Health Effects of Unemployment Benefit Program Generosity|

Men who lose their job in US states that provide generous unemployment benefits are at lower risk of poor health, according to research published on Thursday 18 December in the American Journal of Public Health and which was led by Jonathan Cylus of LSE Health and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. The researchers found that while there is an increased risk of reporting poor health for men who experience job loss, men who lost their job in states and years with comparatively more generous unemployment benefits had a statistically lower likelihood of reporting poor health. 

Click here| to read the full paper.

To view more publications, please see the publications page|.

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

The NHS under the coalition government and after the Election
by Alistair McGuire and John Van Reenan The NHS has become a central issue of the general election. It comprises a fifth of all UK public expenditure: £129.5 billion in 2013-14 and expected to be £131.4 billion in 2015-16. The majority is spent on staff costs. Although the number of doctors has risen since 2010, the number of nurses has […]

When Hollywood touches on our research
by Klara Lorenz The Personal Social Services Research Unit at LSE (PSSRU) recently contributed to the LSE Literary Festival with a discussion on ‘Perception of Madness: understanding mental illness through art, literature and drama’. Dr Sarah Carr, Paul Farmer, Nathan Filer and Dr John McGowan provided interesting perspectives on the different, but changing nature of illustrating mental illness in movies […]

Thousands are missing out on palliative care because of unfair provision
By Josie Dixon A significant minority of people – at least a fifth of everyone who dies – are not receiving the palliative care they need. Our study on equity in palliative care, funded by Marie Curie, also found that some groups are less likely to receive this care than others. We undertook a wide-ranging literature and evidence review, including […]


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