Martin Knapp awarded fellowship at King's College London
Martin Knapp has been awarded a fellowship as an Honorary Professor of Health Economics at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London. Read more... 23 July 2014
Twins and short spaced births linked to premature death among parents
Mothers of twins and parents who have children in quick succession have a greater risk of dying prematurely, new research from LSE shows. According to Professor Emily Grundy from LSE’s Department of Social Policy, the results show that the stresses of closely spaced, frequent births may have longer term implications for parents’ health. 16 July 2014
Nudging the Obese
With obesity levels in the UK now the third highest in Western Europe, political leaders are struggling to find a solution to the nation’s expanding girth. Are nudge policies the way to go? LSE Health's Adam Oliver has written an article in The Lancet. Read more... 7 July 2014
Autism costs the UK £32 billion a year
Research published in a leading international medical journal shows that autism costs the UK more than heart disease, cancer and stroke combined. A new study led by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) estimates that autism costs the country at least £32 billion per year in treatment, lost earnings, care and support for children and adults with autism. Read more 10 June 2014
"Saving our Sanity" by Martin Knapp
It is increasingly recognised across the world that intervening early in mental illness not only spares millions from untold misery but can save millions in finances. Martin Knapp provides an overview of a field of study that could transform this century and in which LSE leads the way in the Summer 2014 edition of LSE Alumni's Connect magazine. Read more 9 June 2014
A new report, co-authored by PSSRU's Prof Martin Knapp, says Mental health cuts are costing the NHS millions.
The report's background available on the LSE News and Media section 10 April 2014
30,000 people with mental health problems lose social care as funding cut by £90million
Since 2005, 30,000 people with mental health problems have lost their social care support, following a £90 million shortfall in funding due to cuts to local authority budgets, according to research by the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU), based at LSE.
Adjusting for socio-demographic change, this would be equivalent to 63,000 fewer people with mental health problems receiving social care since 2005 and local authorities needing to spend £260million to meet their needs.
Dr Jose-Luis Fernandez PSSRU Deputy Director and co-author of the research, said: “Even before the current public spending austerity programme was introduced, the adequacy of adult social care spending was an issue of concern. Overall, our findings indicate significant reductions in service provision both in terms of the numbers of people receiving care and in terms of the amount of public resources invested. The scale of reductions in spending and provision are almost certainly without precedent in the history of adult social care.” Read more 12 March 2014
LSEHSC Article in Top 15 Most-Read
Health Affairs, a leading U.S. based journal on health policy thought and research, has cited an LSE Health and Social Care article as one of it's most frequently read articles during 2013.
Written by Mark Stabile, Sarah Thomson, Sara Allin, Seán Boyle, Reinhard Busse, Karine Chevreul, Greg Marchildon, and Elias Mossialos, the article, Health Care Cost Containment Strategies Used In Four Other High-Income Countries Hold Lessons For The United States, and published in the April 2013 issue of Health Affairs, was ranked number 8 in the Top 15 Most-Read Health Affairs articles of 2013. You can see the full list of most read Health Affairs articles on the Health Affairs Blog. 21 January 2014
The Health Inc project, coordinated by LSE Health and funded by European Commission, won the ‘Social Science & Medicine Best Poster Award’ at the ‘Health Systems in Asia’ conference in Singapore in December 2013. The prize was awarded to the project consortium for five posters presented at the event.
Health Inc is a three year (2011 – 2014) collaborative research project between LSE Health (Alistair McGuire, Philipa Mladovsky, Divya Parmar and Gemma Williams) and five international partners, funded by the European Commission (FP7). The project explores how social exclusion restricts access to health services despite recent health financing reforms, with research conducted in Ghana, Senegal and the Indian states of Maharashtra and Karnataka.
More information on the posters and the Health Inc project can be found on the Elsevier and Health Inc websites respectively. December 2013
Recessions can be good for your health, but only if you are male
Philipp Hessel and Mauricio Avendano of LSE Health argue that permanent changes in lifestyle in early adulthood could provide an explanation for why men fare better in recessions. It is thought that temporary economic downturns may promote healthy living in young men who cannot afford to indulge in smoking, alcohol and over-eating, while providing more time for sport and other physical activity. They can also encourage some to become more motivated to achieve and become independent earlier, leading to better long-term career prospects and therefore better health.
Women who leave school during a recession, on the other hand, tend to get married and have children earlier, causing them to opt out of the labour market earlier, leading to poor long-term career prospects and therefore worse long-term health. Working part-time or never entering the labour market can also make women more vulnerable to poverty, particularly in the event of divorce. Read more 3 December 2013
Dr Jose-Luis Fernandez joins senior figures at Guardian roundtable to discuss social care.
With the social care system under continual financial pressure, Dr Jose-Luis Fernandez joined a host of senior figures in social care at a Guardian/CapacityGRID roundtable to discuss the future of social care.
The key points under discussion were: that future adult social care will be focused on enabling people to live independently rather than on assessing and meeting need; families, charities, volunteers and neighbours will increasingly be the providers of services; and politicians and the public need to debate this new approach to adult care and recognise the implications for families and communities. 27 November 2013
Recessions Risk Cognitive Mid-Life Decline
A study co-authored by LSEHSC researchers on the long-term effects of recessions on cognition appeared on Bloomberg yesterday and in the Mail Online today.
The study, co-authored with Anja Leist at the University of Luxembourg and the LSEHSC’s Philipp Hessel and Mauricio Avendano-Pabon, suggests that cognitive decline may result from recessionary pressures, such as lay-offs, enforced part-time work, salary cuts and the necessity to accept lower-status work.
The study was published in the Journal of Epidemiology on November 20th 2013.
Behavioural Public Policy, edited by Adam Oliver, launched
How can individuals best be encouraged to take more responsibility for their well-being and their environment or to behave more ethically in their business transactions? Behavioural Public Policy, a new book with contributions from economists, psychologists and philosophers, and edited by LSE Health's Adam Oliver, argue the case that behavioural economic findings can be used to help inform the design of wide ranging policy initiatives.
Described by George A. Akerlof as an "exciting new book", Behavioural Public Policy was published by Cambridge University Press in October 2013.
LSE counselling report launched in parliament
An independent report by the LSE, commissioned by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and authrored by Martin Knapp, shows that more funding directed towards counselling and psychotherapy services in the UK could help curb escalating costs in public and mental health and ensure the country’s future wellbeing.
Launched at the House of Commons on Tuesday 15 October, the report looks at the economic benefits of therapy in the wake of increasing healthcare costs, as well as ongoing constraints on health spending. LSE Press Release October 2013
Exercise "potentially as effective" as many drugs for common diseases
Physical activity is potentially as effective as many drug interventions for patients with existing coronary heart disease and stroke, a review of evidence suggests.
The report by Huseyin Naci, a researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a fellow of Harvard Medical School, and Professor John Ioannidis, director of Stanford University School of Medicine, is published on bmj.com
The researchers argue that more trials comparing the effectiveness of exercise and drugs are urgently needed to help doctors and patients make the best treatment decisions. In the meantime, they say exercise “should be considered as a viable alternative to, or alongside, drug therapy.”
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How football is helping unlock dementia patients' memories
Dr Michael Clark from the Personal Social Services Research Unit at LSE evaluated a pilot project the Sporting Memories Network ran across care homes in Leeds. His report noted a positive impact not only on the wellbeing of residents but also on the staff. The pilot was funded by a Skills for Care workforce development innovation fund grant and attracted the support of local clubs and organisations but also came to the attention of the government.
Guardian (web) 12 September 2013
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