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LSE Health Research Digest 2009

LSE Health Research Digest 2009 highlights the centre's key contributions to research, policy development, dissemination and teaching for 2008.

Research on health policy, health economics, behavioural economics and risk, health in developing countries, and demography and population is spotlighted, as well as policy reviews ranging from an examination of research on economic incentives for preventive care for Health England to a review of health systems performance across different European countries for the Commonwealth Fund in the US and pharmaceutical policy in India.

Bridging the gap between research and policy is central to LSE Health's aims. Staff have served as advisors to governments in countries as diverse as Austria, China, South Africa and Russia and hold appointments with a wide range of national and international editorial boards, advisory boards, technical committees, professional associations, and scientific and research councils. This work has had a notable policy impact both in the UK and abroad.

Dissemination of new research and ideas to academic and policy communities continues to be an important aspect of the Centre's activities. Among the research papers highlighted are:

  • What impact do prescription drug charges have on efficiency and equity?
  • The giants of excess: A challenge to the nation's health
  • Public sector health care reforms that work? A case study of the United States' Veterans Health Administration
  • Political analysis of different options in European Union health services policy
  • Do community factors affect Caesarean section rates in developing countries?


27 April 2009