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THU 28 NOV 2019
NHS stretched as it is challenged to meet similar needs of EU and OECD countries with less staff
Fewer doctors and nurses means the NHS goes above and beyond managing to treat similar numbers of patients while maintaining good level of access in this paper by LSE Health Policy’s Irini Papanicolas, Elias Mossialos and collaborators.
While mortality rates for certain conditions like strokes & AML are going down, they are higher comparators – suggesting more progress needs to be made.
Read the paper here
MON 25 NOV 2019
First evaluation of European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Priority Medicines Scheme (PRIME), a new program aimed at getting promising medicines for severe conditions to market quickly.
The paper, by LSE Health Policy’s Huseyin Naci, Emilie Neez and collaborators, examines the evidence base on which EMA determines PRIME eligibility. The paper has various interesting conclusions including, ‘EMA relies on weak study designs to determine eligibility of drugs in PRIME’.
Read the paper here
WED 30 OCT 2019
Could much touted virtual primary care (VPC) services lead to the fragmentation of the health system?
Virtual primary care (VPC) services, in which patients consult with a doctor or nurse via email, text, phone, or video are presumed to offer a number of advantages over traditional, brick-and-mortar general practitioner (GP) services, particularly in terms of accessibility and cost. However, evidence of their effect on clinical outcomes and quality of care is scant.
Read full paper here
TUE 22 OCT 2019
Lifetime Achievement Award honours contributions to health and social welfare
We are proud to announce the creation of the Brian Abel-Smith Lifetime Achievement Award to honour the work of the influential social welfare pioneer. The award will recognise individuals who, like Abel-Smith, have during their lifetime made a significant intellectual contribution to the field of health policy and social welfare and achieved notable policy impact.
Recipients of the biennial award will receive a prize of £10,000 and deliver an award lecture at the LSE.
Read full article here
THU 17 OCT 2019
New study tests in practice a new emerging methodology for measuring the benefits of new drugs with national decision-makers.
Two years ago Aris Angelis and Panos Kanavos published the development of the Advance Value Framework for HTA. Following a collaboration with TLV, AETSA, AOTMiT and INAMI under the auspices of the EU Advance-HTA project, they have just published its empirical testing with decision-makers from different countries, describing a full MCDA cross-country pilot (open access, uncorrected proof version).
Read the study here
FRI 11 OCT 2019
Does the World Bank’s pandemic financing scheme serve private sector interests at the cost of global health security?
LSE Department of Health and Policy's Bangin Brim and Clare Wenham contend that the World Bank’s pandemic financing scheme serves private sector interests at the cost of global health security. The Ebola outbreak in west Africa in 2014-16 exposed many flaws in the global response to infectious disease.12 In particular, it highlighted the gap between countries’ commitments for outbreak preparedness, detection, and response, as required under the International Health Regulations, and their actual ability to respond when needed.
Read the full article here
FRI 04 OCT 2019
Does blockchain have the potential to improve clinical trials?
Leeza Osipenko argues that there’s more to this tamperproof technology than bitcoin in her article for The BMJ. It could be used to improve the administration of clinical trials, ensuring transparency and yielding better quality data.
Read the article here.
What constitues good governance in antimicrobial (AMR) resistance?
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the major challenges facing the world today. The drivers behind AMR lie across multiple sectors. Therefore, strengthening governance is essential. A new paper published by Michael Anderson, Elias Mossialos and colleagues from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, presents the development of the first example of a published AMR governance framework. This tool offers practice guidance to countries seeking to strengthen governance and can be used for both the development and assessment of national action plans on AMR.
Bernie Sanders references 2018 Health Affairs policy by Elias Mossialos and Martin Wenzl
The Sanders campaign referenced and linked to the study following his recent stent operation. The study contends that prices for cardiac implant devices may be up to six times higher in the US than in some european countries.
FRI 30 AUG 2019
Eurohealth: Digital Health Systems
The latest edition of Eurohealth focuses on Digital Health Systems, with articles on policy to support AI, secondary use of personal health data, digital health driven prevention and case studies from the UK, Israel, Estonia, Denmark & Kazakhstan.
Read it here.
MON 12 AUG 2019
Why your healthcare costs so much
Healthcare spending in the US is much higher than other countries with similar economies. In this TEDMED 2018 talk, Irene Papanicolas explains why taking a comparative approach reveals new insights into the factors that influence spending.
Watch it here.
FRI 9 AUG 2019
The implications of high bed occupancy rates on readmission rates in England: A longitudinal study
The percentage of hospital beds that are occupied at any one point in time has increased in England, though little research has examined the impact of this change. A new paper, published in Health Policy by Rocco Friebel and colleagues, finds that following nights of high bed occupancy rates, more patients are being discharged with a small increase in the risk of readmission within 30 days. Hospitals are, however, successfully prioritising early discharge amongst least vulnerable patients.
WED 7 AUG 2019
Securitizing Zika: The case of Brazil
In a new article in Security Dialogue, Clare Wenham and Deborah BL Farias explore how Zika provides new opportunities for understanding global health security and securitization more broadly.
Read it here.
THU 18 JUL 2019
Dr Laia Maynou wins best paper presented by a young researcher at the 2019 Spanish Health Economics Association Meeting
The creep of the robots, written with Alistair McGuire, Victoria Serra-Sastre and Georgia Troutman, draws on data on prostatectomy for England to explore how robotic-assisted surgery is diffused throughout the NHS and the effects of this new technology on health outcomes.
Read the abstract.
WED 17 JUL 2019
People are struggling to save for social care: LSE research
People find saving for social care too difficult and feel the current system needs an overhaul, a recent study published in Health and Social Care has found.
Healthy Minds: the positive impact of a new school curriculum
As the UK government prepares to make personal, social, health and economic education compulsory, a recent trial shows how these subjects can be taught successfully. In an article for CentrePiece, Grace Lordan and Alistair McGuire evaluate the effects of Healthy Minds – a new four-year curriculum for secondary schools – on physical health, emotional health and behaviour.
FRI 12 JUL 2019
Meeting SDG3: The role of economics in mental health policy
A chapter in The Routledge Handbook of International Development, Mental Health and Wellbeing explores the economic impacts and drivers of mental health issues, approaches to measuring cost-effectiveness, and how various methods can inform decision-makers in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals in the context of mental health.
Read it here.
WED 10 JUL 2019
Effectiveness of interventions for dementia in low- and middle-income countries
Despite dementia placing a significant burden on societies in lower and middle-income countries, recommendations for interventions are largely based on evidence from high income countries. A new paper in the British Medical Journal outlines an approach for filling this evidence gap.
WED 12 JUNE 2019
LSE launches the Department of Health Policy with Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr Denis Mukwege
On 30 April, LSE formally marked the launch of the Department of Health Policy with an all-day event in the Old Theatre. The event attracted an impressive array of speakers, including the 2018 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr Denis Mukwege.
TUE 14th MAY 2019
Education may not be the solution to reducing female genital cutting
New research by the LSE and University of South Florida has found no evidence that an increase in the education levels of mothers in Nigeria changed the likelihood of them supporting the practice of female genital cutting, or their daughters being victims of it.
Read more here.
THU 14 MAR 2019
An EU-wide approach to HTA: An irrelevant development or an opportunity not to be missed?
Editorial on proposed new EU-wide cooperation on Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in the European Journal of Health Economics by Dr Panos Kanavos and Dr Aris Angelis.
FRI 8 MAR 2019
Dr Aduragbemi Banke-Thomas wins grant from AXA Research Fund
WED 6 MAR 2019
Big Data, Algorithmic Governmentality and the Regulation of Pandemic Risk
Dr Stephen L Roberts investigates the rise of algorithmic disease surveillance systems as novel technologies of risk analysis used to regulate pandemic outbreaks in an era of big data.
MON 4 MAR 2019
Investing in health R&D: where we are, what limits us, and how to make progress in Africa
Global R&D pipelines for diseases that disproportionately affect African countries appear to be inadequate.
Read more here.
WED 27 FEB 2019
Cuban healthcare offers many lessons for global health security
Cuba has never been seen as leading in health security, yet the country’s medical internationalism and integrated healthcare system have proved remarkably successful in preventing and controlling infectious-disease threats.
TUE 26 FEB 2019
Perspectives of stakeholders on emergency obstetric care training in Kenya: a qualitative study
The value of emergency obstetric care training in improving the capacity of health care providers and outcomes for mothers and newborns is not just ascribed but felt by beneficiaries.
Read more here.
THU 14 FEB 2019
Health related quality of life aspects not captured by EQ-5D-5L
New international study shows that 51% of patients don’t feel that existing Health Related Quality of Life tool sufficiently captures problems such as fatigue and medication side effects.
FRI 8 FEB 2019
Experts call for different methods to tackle inequality in global health
Engaging with feminist theory and feminist research is vital to diminish the structural barriers women face in the global health agenda, new comment in The Lancet co-authored by LSE's Dr Clare Wenham shows.
THU 7 FEB 2019
New research on how organ donation is affected by drug-related deaths in the United States
Article co-authored by Dr Sara Machado explores trends and statewide variation in the number of donor organs recovered from people who have died from drug intoxication.
TUE 29 JAN 2019
New research on the social return on investment of emergency obstetric care training in Kenya
Using social return on investment methodology, Dr Adura Banke-Thomas asesses the social impact and/or value for money of emergency obstetric care training in Kenya.
FRI 25 JAN 2019
The Global Fund must back up impact claims with transparent, rigorous methods
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria asserts they and their partners have saved 27 million lives—but more rigorous evidence and data is needed to back-up that claim, according to a new analysis published in The Lancet this week.
THU 24 JAN 2019
New research on the impact of the Greek economic adjustment programme on household health expenditure
What happened to spending on health in Greek households when they experienced the “triple hit” of decreased availability and capacity of the public health system, increased user charges, and lower ability to pay for health care?
TUE 14 JAN 2019
LSE Health Policy research makes Editor's Pick for 2018
An article comparing prices for cardiac implants between the US and Europe by Professor Elias Mossialos was among the Editor-In-Chief of Health Affairs' top picks for 2018.
MON 13 JAN 2019
Global health security and universal health coverage: from a marriage of convenience to a strategic, effective partnership
Global health security and universal health coverage have often been considered two sides of the same coin. But is this really true?
WED 19 DEC 2018
Exercise may be as effective as drugs to cut high blood pressure
Exercise may be as effective as prescribed drugs to lower high blood pressure, according to a new analysis of health data led by Huseyin Naci.
THU 6 DEC 2018
Achieving high-quality universal health coverage: a perspective from the NHS in England
Governments across low-income and middle-income countries have pledged to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. This research explores what can be learnt from the past 70 years of the NHS.
THU 29 NOV 2018
LSE Health awarded €4.6 million for health technology assessment research
The project contributes to the understanding of variations in costs and health outcomes within and across countries, the rationale and criteria for decision-making across different settings as well as the factors and preferences that shape HTA recommendations.
THU 15 NOV 2018
Professor Andrew Street appointed Specialist Advisor
Professor Andrew Street has been appointed Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee when they hear evidence on the budget promise of £20bn extra funding for health and social care next week.
SAT 27 OCT 2018
Review of the NICE Medical Technologies Guidance
A new paper by Dr Huseyin Naci, Dr Leeza Osipenko and Professor Elias Mossialos reviews the first 9 years of NICE's assessment pathway for medical devices.
FRI 26 OCT 2018
Productivity in the NHS: why it matters and what to do next
Professor Andrew Street and his co-authors argue that a clear strategy for increasing productivity is vital for a sustainable NHS in this article in the BMJ.
THU 12 JUL 2018
Launching our Executive Master's degree in collaboration with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Professor Elias Mossialos and Sir Andrew Dillon, Chief Executive of NICE announced our new Executive MSc programme for professionals looking to gain skills in health services research, health economics, outcomes research and health policy.
WED 4 JUL 2018
“Breaking down borders between politics and health” - The Lancet profiles Elias Mossialos
The latest edition of The Lancet includes an in-depth profile of LSE Health Policy Department Head, Professor Elias Mossialos. Drawing on inputs from a range of academics and policy makers who have worked closely with him over the years, the profile looks back over Mossialos’ varied career, his drive to translate research into real change for health systems, and his priorities for the future.
TUE 8 MAY 2018
National Health Stories on BBC Radio 4
Sally Sheard, author of the recent biography of social policy pioneer Brian Abel-Smith, commissioned by LSE, leads a new series on BBC Radio 4 chronicling the stories and individuals behind the establishment of the National Health Service.
Listen to the programme.
THU 15 MAR 2018
LSE and the Lancet announce major commission on 'The Future of the NHS'
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Lancet have announced a joint commission to examine The Future of the NHS. The LSE-Lancet Commission is the first of its kind to study the NHS across the whole of the UK, assessing evidence from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
MON 5 MAR 2018
LSE Health delivers training for the World Health Organisation
LSE Health has collaborated with the World Health Organisation Europe to deliver a training workshop on Negotiation for Medicines Strategic Procurement for senior decision-makers across the WHO European region and the European Commission.
Modern, globalised lifestyles fuelling obesity epidemic
A new LSE study suggests that our 21st century, globalised lifestyles are fuelling the rise of obesity.
Cognitive abilities of low birth weight children show dramatic improvement
The gap between the cognitive abilities of children born with a low birth weight and those born with a normal weight has decreased by 50 per cent over the last 40 years or more, according to new research from LSE and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research.
Professor Mossialos joins expert advisory board to support the Global AMR Innovation Fund
Professor Elias Mossialos, Brian Abel-Smith Professor of Health Policy within the Department of Social Policy and Director of LSE Health, has been appointed to an expert advisory board to support the Global Antimicrobial Resistance Innovation Fund (GAMRIF).
Professor Mossialos will join 11 other board members and will advise how the UK can best spend an additional £50 million over the next five years to work with global partners to fund innovative initiatives that tackle drug resistant infections, which includes resistance to antibiotics.
LSE Health awarded major European grant for big data project
LSE Health has been awarded its first major European big data grant. From January 2017 it will coordinate 36 organisations in a public-private consortium with a total budget of 7.2 million Euros.
Mental health interventions in pregnant women and new mothers have benefits
There are clear economic and societal arguments for investing in mental health interventions for women during pregnancy and immediately after birth, a new report by the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the London School of Economics and Political Science suggests.
Childhood bullying places 'long term strain' on UK mental health services
Lead researcher Dr Sara Evans-Lacko, an Associate Professorial Research Fellow from LSE’s Personal Social Services Research Unit, said: “The impact of childhood bullying on mental health services is most notable at an early age, but the association remains significant at 50.
Is intergenerational living the secret to good mental health in old age?
Intergenerational cohabitation (parents and adult children living in the same household) may have contributed to curbing high rates of depressive symptoms among older people during the Great Recession, according to new research from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and King’s College London.
Dementia toolkit to help patients, carers and healthcare workers
A comprehensive web tool bringing together scientific evidence on dementia care and treatment has been developed by researchers at LSE's Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU).
LSE Health outlines reforms for China's pharmaceutical system
China’s pharmaceutical system will struggle to cope with the twin challenges of a rapidly aging population and increases in non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and heart and lung disease.
LSE Health publish study on antibiotic innovation
LSE Health has published a study, commissioned by the Dutch government, outlining a range of policy recommendations for improving the global research and development agendas for antibiotics.
Leaving the EU poses 'critical threat' to NHS
Britain’s withdrawal from the EU would negatively impact the NHS in a number of ways, a new briefing report by academics from LSE and the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London has warned.
LSE partners with University of Chicago to create global health programme
LSE and the University of Chicago have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aiming to create the world’s first transatlantic partnership in global health policy and economics.
Nature versus nurture in obesity: New evidence from adoptee data
Obesity, particularly in children, is a major health concern in many developed economies, where it presents a costly risk to health services. Dr Joan Costa-i-Font, Professor Mireia Jofre-Bonet and Professor Julian Le Grand examined the intergenerational transmission of overweight and obesity using a unique sample of English adoptees.
New brain-training tool to help people cut drinking
Professor Paul Dolan, internationally-renowned LSE expert on happiness and behaviour has launched a free online tool to help people who want to cut down on alcohol.
Huge investment in cancer drugs leads to £14 billion net benefit for UK patients
The UK has more than doubled its spending on cancer drugs over the past decade, leading to a £14 billion (2014 GBP) net economic benefit in terms of increased life outcomes for cancer patients, according to new research published by LSE Health.
Youth mental health neglect a 'moral scandal and enormous economic mistake', says LSE report
More than half of teenagers and young people with mental health problems do not receive any clinical treatment, amounting to a ‘’moral scandal and enormous economic mistake,’’ according to a new LSE study.
Measles and migrants
In the past two years, Europe has recorded more than 22,000 cases of measles: a sharp reversal of the 96% decline of the last 20 years. Why is it happening and who is at risk?
First born children of women in their thirties perform best in tests of mental development and psychological well-being
The firstborn children of mothers in their thirties score more highly on measures of mental development and psychological well-being than children born to other first time mothers reveals new research.
Government regulation and industry practices stalling drug development finds new report
The majority of new medicines entering the market offer few clinical advantages over existing alternatives according to a new analysis article published in the British Medical Journal.
Heavy drinkers and drugs users underestimate their levels of consumption compared to others
Heavy drinkers and users of illegal drugs downplay their relative levels of consumption, when comparing themselves to others, reveals research by LSE and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
Older hospital patients face "widespread and systematic" pattern of poor care
One million older people are affected by poor or inconsistent care in hospitals, according to new research by Dr Polly Vizard and Dr Tania Burchardt from CASE.
LSE report shows dementia costs Wales £1.4 billion a year
A new LSE report commissioned by the Alzheimer’s Society, and led by Professor Martin Knapp from PSSRU, reveals the hidden cost of dementia in Wales is estimated at £1.4 billion, an average cost of £31,300 per person each year.
Research Funding News
Professor Martin Knapp, from PSSRU, has received funding from Mind to undertake an economic analysis of their peer support programme and to model the health economic impact of each programme component.
Professor Elias Mossialos, from LSE Health and Social Care, has been awarded funding from LSE’s Kuwait Programme to examine the causes of some of the most prevalent chronic diseases and to study the main determinants of access to, utilisation of, and satisfaction with the healthcare system in Kuwait.
Paying people incentives to make healthy choices only works in the long term if they are paid to NOT do something
Monetary incentives to encourage people to live healthier lifestyles only work in the longer term when they are designed to stop negative behaviour, rather than promote positive choices, suggests new research undertaken by Dr Matteo M Galizzi and Professor Paul Dolan.
Can't help falling in love? Why divorce and separation might not be that bad for your health
Middle-aged men and women who have experienced the upheaval of separation, divorce and remarriage are almost as healthy as couples in stable marriages, according to a new study involving Professor Emily Grundy.
Primary health care should play bigger role in treating chronic kidney disease
Healthy eating, regular exercise and blood pressure and cholesterol control are among the most effective ways of managing the early stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD).
LSE Research News- Professor Martin Knapp awarded funding
Professor Martin Knapp from PSSRU, has received funding from the Shirley Foundation to conduct research to examine the economic case for interventions for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
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, which reveals widespread inequities and a lack of services for non-cancer patients.
Family beliefs a barrier to aged care health reform
New research by Dr Joan Costa-i-Font shows that older people are avoiding taking out long-term care insurance, fearing their children will desert them in old age.
More generous state unemployment benefits may protect the health of unemployed men
Men who lose their job in US states that provide generous unemployment benefits are at lower risk of poor health, according to new research.
Ethical Dilemmas of vaccination
How relevant are gender and age when making policies about vaccination and does this leave governments open to claims of discrimination?
Does having children make us any happier?
The birth of a first and a second child briefly increases the level of their parents’ happiness, but a third does not, according to new research from LSE and Western University, Canada.
Sex and fertility versus health in AIDS stricken Africa
How do you reconcile the basic sexual and fertility needs of 25 million Africans with the stark reality of HIV/AIDS? The impact is devastating and extends way beyond a health crisis, with far reaching effects on the African workforce, family, education system and the economy in general.
New Research Unit Launch: ALPHA- Ageing, Lifecourse and Population Health Analysis
The LSE ALPHA research unit undertakes and promotes quantitative research on lifecourse, socio-economic and intergenerational influences on individual and population health using a range of large scale, predominantly longitudinal datasets.
Dementia costs the UK £26 billion a year
A new report which has been co-authored with The Alzheimer's Society, LSE and the King's College London has found that dementia costs the UK £26 billion a year - enough to pay the energy bills of every household in the country.
Professor Martin Knapp awarded Fellowship at King's College London
Professor Martin Knapp has been awarded a fellowship as an Honorary Professor of Health Economics at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London.
Twins and short spaced births are linked to premature death among parents
The findings, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, suggest that the accumulated physical, emotional and financial stresses of raising children close in age could have long-term health implications.
Dr Adam Oliver discusses the policy battle to reduce the nation's expanding girth.
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?
Dr Ernestina Coast presented findings of a systematic review on maternal and newborn health to the WHO in Geneva
Dr Ernestina Coast, a member of the Guideline Development Group for the World Health Organization's Technical Consultation on health promotion interventions for maternal and newborn health, presented in Geneva 15-17th July 2014 the findings of a systematic review, led by herself and involving a team from the LSE including Eleri Jones and Sam Lattof.
Autism costs the UK £32 billion a year
Research led by Professor Martin Knapp has highlighted that autism costs the UK £32 billion a year; more than any other medical condition, and greater than cost of cancer, stroke and heart disease combined. Affecting more than 1% of the population, care for those affected can last for 60-70 years.
Savings on sanity
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. Professor 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.
Research funding: women's health in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
Dr Coast, Dr Leone, Prof Lewis have been awarded funding by the Middle East Centre for a research project with the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University. The research project will generate new data and analyses to better understand women's health over the lifecourse, with a particular focus on those women currently under-served or neglected by the health system.
LSE Health awarded research grant
LSE Health together with 12 other institutional partners have been awarded a € 3 million research grant by the European Commission under DG Research's 7th Framework Programme for their project entitled ADVANCE-HTA, commencing in January 2013 for 3 years. LSE Health will act as the principal investigator and coordinator, led by Panos Kanavos, reader in International Health Policy, bringing together a team of high-level experts with extensive experience in the area of health policy, health economics, health and research methodologies, access to medicines, pharmaceutical policies, medical devices and health technology Assessment (HTA).
PSSRU at LSE and Kent partnership
PSSRU at LSE and Kent are delighted to be part of a partnership that has been awarded by the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care (NCCSC). The partnership is led by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), and also involves Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre), Research in Practice (RIP) and Research in Practice for Adults (RIPfA).
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