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Professor Walter Holland (1929 – 2018)

It is with sadness that the Department of Health Policy must announce the passing of Walter Holland, Emeritus Professor of Public Health Medicine and a Visiting Professor at the School.

Walter Werner Holland was born on March 5, 1929 in Teplice-Sanov, Czechoslovakia to Henry Holland and Hertha Zentner. The family fled persecution under the Nazis, moving to London in 1939. […]

February 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|8 Comments|
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    Getting research into policy in health: The GRIP-Health project

Getting research into policy in health: The GRIP-Health project

by Justin Parkhurst

For many, the idea that health policy should be informed by evidence is an obvious goal. And indeed, the global health community has widely called for increased use or uptake of research and evidence, in health policymaking. However, a vast majority of these calls have been made without explicit recognition of the decidedly political nature of policymaking, […]

June 27th, 2017|Health Care|1 Comment|

Direct payments in residential care

by Daniel Lombard

Direct payments have been extended to people living in residential care in England for the first time, in a pilot programme initiated by the Department of Health (DH).

The payments are one method of delivering personalisation, an approach towards public services where support is tailored to the needs and preferences of individual people, in order to promote independence […]

February 22nd, 2017|Social Care|0 Comments|
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    Autism through an Arts Lens: Comments on PSSRU’s LSE Literary Festival Session

Autism through an Arts Lens: Comments on PSSRU’s LSE Literary Festival Session

by PSSRU organising team

Autism through an Arts Lens takes place on Wednesday 22 February, 7.00-8.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE. This event is free and open to all. Tickets will be released on Tuesday 31 January.

Over the last week we have received some useful comments and queries on our session on Autism through an Arts […]

January 9th, 2017|Autism|0 Comments|
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    Value in cancer drug spending: assessing the clinical risks and benefits from a decade’s worth of innovation

Value in cancer drug spending: assessing the clinical risks and benefits from a decade’s worth of innovation

by Sebastian Salas-Vega and Elias Mossialos

There are growing questions about the value from spending on what seem like ever-more expensive cancer medicines. Rising expenditures may make it difficult for patients to access or remain compliant with life-extending therapies. Yet, some have argued that high prices may be justified if new and innovative treatments offer significant clinical benefits. Even as […]

January 5th, 2017|Health Care|0 Comments|
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    What are the likely economic impacts of an ageing population on end of life care?

What are the likely economic impacts of an ageing population on end of life care?

by Matt Townsend

It is commonly understood that population ageing and the growing numbers of older people will place additional strain on all parts of the health and social care system. However, when it comes to health expenditure at the end of life, recent international evidence suggests that not all costs will increase equally, and some may proportionately lessen.

In a […]

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    Best practice in perinatal mental health care: Which interventions are good value-for-money?

Best practice in perinatal mental health care: Which interventions are good value-for-money?

by Annette Bauer

Earlier this year the former Prime Minister placed targeted mental health support for new mums at the top of the agenda for mental health service reform. This included an investment of £290 million for specialist care over the next five years for mothers before and after having their babies.

While this is great news and a timely response […]

November 16th, 2016|Mental Health|0 Comments|
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    Cost of depression in the workplace across eight diverse countries – collectively US$250 billion

Cost of depression in the workplace across eight diverse countries – collectively US$250 billion

by Sara Evans-Lacko and Martin Knapp

Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide. Previous research has shown that by far the greatest contributor to the overall economic impact of depression is loss in productivity; including both increased absenteeism and presenteeism-related costs in the workplace. However, there is very little research on the costs of depression outside of Western countries […]

November 15th, 2016|Mental Health|0 Comments|
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    Are suicide and poverty associated in low and middle income countries?

Are suicide and poverty associated in low and middle income countries?

by Valentina Iemmi and Jason Bantjes

Over 800 000 people die by suicide every year – approximately one person every 40 seconds. Three out of four suicides take place in low and middle income countries where the majority of the world’s population live and where poverty is concentrated. Evidence supports a positive association between suicide and poverty in low-income and middle-income […]

August 5th, 2016|Mental Health|1 Comment|

Building a strong pharmaceutical system for China

by Elias Mossialos, Yanfeng Ge, Jia Hu and Liejun Wang

The world’s most populous country is facing a double healthcare crunch with a rapidly aging population and an explosion in the rate of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease. Addressing these diseases will require a robust pharmaceutical system that is able to produce quality, effective, and […]

July 7th, 2016|Health Care|0 Comments|