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  • Research shows anti-smoking messages can backfire
    Findings from a study which was contributed to by PSSRU's Sara Evans-Lacko (although under her affiliation with King's College London) in the Social Science and Medicine journal highlights the potential for negative stereotypes surrounding smokers to make them even more determind not to quit, as it can make them more defensive.
    Daily Mail, 3 November 2015,
    The Indian Express, 3 November 2015,
    Medical News Today, 3 November 2015.
  • Why the drug development pipeline is not delivering better medicines
    A new analysis article published in the BMJ shows that the majority of new medicines entering the market offer few clinical advantages over existing alternatives. Authors of the study, Huseyin Naci, Assistant Professor of Health Policy at the London School of Economics (LSE), Alexander Carter, Policy Fellow at Imperial College London, and Elias Mossialos, Professor of Health Policy at the LSE, and Director of LSE Health, conclude that both government and industry practices are responsible for the innovation deficit in the pharmaceutical sector.
    BMJ23 October 2015.
  • A quiet revolution: looking back at 20 years of social services reform
    PSSRU's Gerald Wistow comments on the reform of social services since the 1980's.
    The Guardian, 13 October 2015.
  • Mental health spending needs to increase
    Spending on mental health research needs to be at least doubled in order to ease the huge burden on psychiatric and behavioural disorders in society, according to a group of scientists involved in the ROAMER (Roadmap for Mental Health Research in Europe) project, which involved PSSRU's David McDaid who is working on the health economics aspect of the project.
    Yahoo! News 23 September 2015.
  • NHS health check programme wasting £450 million a year, says new report
    The NHS Health Check programme is ineffective and currently wasting £450 million a year in scarce resources, according to a new report from LSE and University of Liverpool.
    The Guardian, 22 September 2015
    The Daily Mail, 22 September 2015
    The Daily Telegraph, 22 September 2015
    The Times, 22 September 2015
    The Sun, 22 September 2015
    The Independent, 22 September 2015.
    Also mentioned in The i Paper, Telegraph & Argus, The Northern Echo (Darlington), The Yorkshire Post, Birmingham Mail, The Evening Standard, Guernsey Press, Belfast Telegraph, Yahoo! News (UK), and Shropshire Star - Online, as well as in reports on BBC Surrey News and BBC Wiltshire News.
  • Cost of beds in mental health wards
    Martin Knapp speaks about NHS mental health patients being moved out of their local area for treatment and whether that is cost effective (from 6:50 onwards).
    BBC Radio 4 "You and Yours", 3 September 2015.
  • Internet both helps and harms seniors' social lives, says report
    The UK Government Office for Science commissioned report by PSSRU's Jackie Damant and Martin Knapp is discussed in this article:
    Medical News Today, 17 August 2015.
  • Joining a religious group can help with keeping depression at bay in the over-50s
    A study by LSE Health's Mauricio Avendano has found that going to church, synagogue or mosque can improve mental health in the over 50s; moreso than doing charity work, sport or education:
    The Times, 5 August 2015.
    The Mirror, 5 August 2015.
    The Daily Mail, 5 August 2015.
    GM Journal, 7 August 2015.
    Scotland Now, 9 August 2015.
    The Independent, 10 August 2015.
    The Washington Post, 14 August 2015.
    Also mentioned in Western Morning News, Guernsey Press, Jersey Evening Post and in printed versions of The Sun (Scotland), The Daily Telegraph and i.
  • Would a 'cognitive footprint' of activities and interventions help meet the global challenge of dementia?
    PSSRU's Martin Knapp's recent article on modelling a "cognitive footprint" in the fight against dementia in The Lancet is discussed.
    Medical News Today, 3 August 2015.
    Living Well, 4 August 2015.
    Talking Nutrition, 4 August 2015.
  • Bernard Casey on 891 ABC Adelaide
    PSSRU's Bernard Casey is interviewed on the Peter Goers show on 891 ABC Adelaide about his research and work. Click here to listen to the audio file.
    891 ABC Adelaide, 3 August 2015.
  • How good is the social care sector at building an evidence base?
    NIHR SSCR's Research Programme Manager Mike Clark talks about the different level of money invested in healthcare research as opposed to social care research.
    The Guardian, 7 July 2015.
  • 'Mothers suffer visions in silence'
    This article on perinatal mental health cites work by PSSRU colleagues on the care received by women during the perinatal period from mental health services. The Guardian, 16 June 2015.
  • Paying people incentives to make healthy choices only works in the long term if they are paid to NOT do something
    Research by LSE Health's Matteo Galizzi and Paul Dolan was cited in this report based on a paper which appeared in Social Science and Medicine. Medical News Today, 16 June 2015.
  • State funding of elderly care in England has fallen by 40% in five years
    PSSRU Deputy Director Jose Luis Fernandez spoke at the Westminster Health Forum keynote seminar on improving care for elderly people in London, stating that care packages funded by local authorities in England for people over 65 had plummeted since 2009-10. BMJ, 12 June 2015.
  • "The "Hidden" Illness of Post-Natal Depression
    Research carried out by PSSRU's Annette Bauer and others on the costs of post-natal depression was cited in this article in Vice magazine. 29 April 2015.
  • LSE report on Palliative Care
    The UK’s palliative care system needs a major overhaul, according to an LSE report released on Wednesday 8 April, which reveals widespread inequities and a lack of services for non-cancer patients. PSSRU's Josie Dixon was the lead author on the report.
    BBC News,
    ITV News,
    TalkTalk online,
    The Independent

    Also featured in The Exeter Daily and The British Heart Foundation. This report was featured on BBC News (TV and radio) on 8 April, and Josie Dixon was interviewed on BBC Somerset. 8 April 2015.
  • A comic tale: finding new ways to tell social care stories
    Research by PSSRU colleagues Nicola Brimblecombe, Bo Hu and Madeleine Stevens is the focus in this article on social care research findings being translated into comic book form. The Guardian, 2 March 2015.
  • NHS: £2 billion a week and counting
    Professor Martin Knapp appears around 20 minutes into this documentary to talk about statistics and costs of dementia care. Channel 4, 23 February 2015.
  • Giving a voice to UK's dementia sufferers and their loved ones
    Research on dementia by PSSRU's Professor Martin Knapp is cited in this report on carers being allowed access outside of visiting hours to dementia patients under their care whilst in hospital. The Observer, 14 February 2015.
  • Insufficient funding and structural barriers mean UK severe mental health policy is not always put into practice, report finds
    Professor Martin Knapp comments on these latest research findings on health care access, social services and employment opportunities for people with severe mental health problems. Medical News Today, 14 January 2015.


  • More generous state unemployment benefits may protect the health of unemployed men
    LSE Health's Jonathan Cylus' research is cited in this article. Finchannel, 20 December 2014.
  • Can research be memorable and fun to read? Yes, thanks to the Social Care Elf
    The Social Care Elf, launched at the end of November, has received start-up funding and support from the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the LSE and the NIHR School for Social Care Research as part of the Social Care Evidence in Practice (SCEiP) project. The Guardian, 10 December 2014.
  • Choosing who provides your care is empowering -  if you have access to good information
    LSEHSC's Lisa Trigg and Stephanie Kumpunen, along with Ricardo Rodrigues talk about some of the findings from the FP7 European Care Across Borders (ECAB) project. The Conversation, 20 November 2014
  • The five-year NHS England plan and the missing £30 billion
    Alistair McGuire writes an opinion piece on NHS England’s blueprint for further investment, and the crisis facing the NHS. The Conversation 29 October 2014.
  • This week's Gearty Grilling: Martin Knapp on mental health spending
    Martin Knapp, Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit, discusses why spending on mental health should be a priority. LSE Online, 28 October 2014.
  • Global healthcare forum beings
    The Patient Classification Systems International (PCSI) Conference 2014 began in Doha yesterday to discuss methods to provide improved healthcare facilities and create better opportunities for patients to choose. LSE Health's Professor Elias Mossialos was in attendance. 22 October 2014.
  • LSE report reveals £8 billion cost of mental health problems in pregnancy
    Perinatal mental health problems cost the UK £8.1 billion each year, according to a new report released today by the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Centre for Mental Health.
    BBC Online 20 October 2014
    The Guardian 20 October 2014
    The Daily Mail 20 October 2014
    Yorkshire Post 20 October 2014
    ITV Online 20 October 2014
    Huffington Post 20 October 2014
    Family Friendly Working 20 October 2014
    ITV Online 21 October 2014
    TalkTalk News 21 October 2014
    Medical News Today 21 October 2014

    Martin Knapp discussed the report on LBC on 20 October.
  • Barker offers radical prescription for care
    LSE Health and Social Policy Professor Julian Le Grand comments on proposals that all but the poorest pensioners could be asked to contribute more under proposals for the biggest shake-up to the way health and social care is paid for since the NHS was founded. Public Finance, 23 September 2014.
  • Dementia patients "face unfair care tax"
    A new report written in conjunction with LSE, King's College London and the Alzheimer's Society has highlighted the cost to the UK (£26 billion a year) for dementia patients, and how physical long-term conditions are treated for free on the NHS and dementia related problems are not.
    The Independent, 10 September 2014
    The Daily Express, 10 September 2014
    The Times, 10 September 2014
    BBC Online, 10 September 2014
    The report was also mentioned on several BBC regional radio stations on 10 September 2014.
  • Martin Knapp on the cost of autism in the UK
    BBC Radio 4, 20 July 2014
  • “We are getting to the point where funding is unsustainable if we want to meet need appropriately” – Adass chief
    Work by Jose-Luis Fernandez is mentioned. Community Care, 1 July 2014

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