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High benefit, no cost: the case for tackling mental illness

Feature | 23 September 2014 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media

A new video from the esrc centre for economic performance (cep) shows that mental health is crucial for wellbeing, and that modern therapies for mental health problems have no net cost to the public purse.

Dealing with disability in developing countries

Feature | 15 July 2014 | General public, International, Press/media, Schools, Voluntary sector

The esrc-funded research project social protection and disability: policy lessons from vietnam is looking at how people with disabilities are supported through social protection programmes.

Caring for cancer patients

Feature | 29 January 2014 | General public, Press/media, Public sector

The ncri supportive and palliative care research initiative has had an impact across several areas – including new clinical guidelines into practice, new assessment tools for practice and research, more patient involvement and increased research in ...

A better life with dementia

Feature | 23 May 2013 | General public, Press/media, Schools

People with dementia can still make decisions in their everyday lives, and with support from partners can continue to do so as their condition advances, research from the esrc suggests.

Female surgeons: cutting the gender gap

Feature | 10 May 2013 | General public, Press/media, Public sector

Despite more women than men studying at uk medical schools, women are far less likely than male colleagues to pursue a career in surgery. Esrc-funded researchers have partnered with rcs and surgical society scalpel to encourage women to become surgeo ...

Future nhs funding squeeze highlighted by ifs research

Feature | 15 March 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools

A house of lords inquiry examining the pressures facing the health service drew heavily on research evidence from the esrc-supported institute for fiscal studies.

More drugs dispensed in care homes

Feature | 21 February 2013 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

The dispensing of mood-altering drugs to older people in northern ireland increase after they move into care homes, according to research at the centre of excellence for public health northern ireland, co-funded by the esrc.

Us presidential election: the issues at stake

Feature | 06 November 2012 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

As the us presidential election day has arrived, the esrc centre for economic performance (cep)'s series of us election analyses offers insights into key election issues.

The future of social care

Feature | 12 July 2012 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools

The government's white paper on care and support, published wednesday, presents a number of 'key actions' to meet care needs for the elderly over the next decade. The esrc-supported institute for fiscal studies has examined different scenarios for th ...

Case studies

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Improving surgical training

Case Study | 24 June 2013 | General public, Higher education, Press/media

Findings from research on how surgeons interact are being used to improve surgical training, and implemented in 'training the trainers' surgical courses.

Data lays foundation for alcohol pricing policy

Case Study | 01 March 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Datasets from the esrc-funded uk data service were used in a policy model which underpinned the scottish bill on minimum pricing of alcohol.

Developing help for insomnia sufferers

Case Study | 02 October 2012 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media

A self-help training programme for insomnia sufferers, developed by researchers, has been adopted and rolled out by nhs across the uk.

Hospital competition in the nhs

Case Study | 24 September 2012 | Academic, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector

Government used esrc-funded research to inform its policies when increasing competition in the nhs.

The human element of surgery

Case Study | 15 December 2011 | Academic, Further education, Policymakers, Public sector

A new tool assessing the quality of team-related behaviours of the core members of an operating theatre team has been mandated for national use by the national patient safety agency and implemented in several other countries.

Shaping long-term care funding in england

Case Study | 27 September 2010 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media

An esrc research project modelling future trends for uk's ageing population proved pivotal in providing research evidence for the government's reform of social care funding in england.

Putting healthcare on the map

Case Study | 15 September 2009 | Business, General public, Partnerships, Press/media, Public sector

This knowledge transfer partnership project helped dr foster intelligence to assess the best way to visualise complex health data on maps - leading to the development of the cutting-edge web application population health manager.

Better use of hospital data

Case Study | 02 June 2009 | General public, Public sector

A knowledge transfer partnership project improved data gathering, performance monitoring and service management for nhs middlesbrough and nhs redcar and cleveland, enhancing local quality and outcome frameworks.

More effective breast cancer care

Case Study | 15 April 2009 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Voluntary sector

A knowledge transfer partnership enabled the charity breast cancer care to plan services for groups of people with breast cancer who have traditionally been under-served.

Local healthcare with geodemographics

Case Study | 17 January 2008 | General public

Research using geographic information systems and geodemographics helped camden primary care trust target health campaigns, leading to significant savings.

Press releases

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Dementia isn't the end of fun!

Press Release | 04 November 2013 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Ways in which popular technologies can be used to enable people with dementia to have fun as well as unlock memories and enhance communication with relatives and carers will be showcased during the economic and social research council’s (esrc) fest ...

Risk averse carers hasten dementia decline

Press Release | 25 October 2013 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Voluntary sector

Focussing only on keeping people with dementia physically safe can actually contribute to the person’s decline and result in the unnecessary loss of a person's skills

Enjoying the great outdoors – nature's own stress buster

Press Release | 26 July 2013 | Academic, General public, Partnerships, Policymakers, Press/media

Nature has beneficial effects that help us cope with stress at work, according to new research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc). The research highlights the power of the 'great outdoors' to improve both physiological and psyc ...

Unique software supports behavioural intervention programmes

Press Release | 21 January 2013 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector

The internet offers users a cost-effective way of accessing information and advice on any health problem, 24-hours a day. A group of social scientists has taken advantage of this by developing software which enables other researchers to easily create ...

Research improves social care training in cornwall

Press Release | 14 January 2013 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Voluntary sector

With reports of abuse in care settings rising, it has never been more vital that staff are trained to provide the highest standards of care to vulnerable people. For this reason cornwall council enlisted the help of esrc-funded researchers from plymo ...

Group interaction among elderly is the key to significant health outcomes

Press Release | 07 December 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Voluntary sector

The health benefits of 'water clubs' in care homes for the elderly owe as least as much to the social nature of the activity as to the value of drinking water itself, an investigation by psychologists and funded by the economic and social research co ...

Trained nhs therapists can help insomniacs

Press Release | 17 August 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Insomnia sufferers in england could have greater access to successful treatment, thanks to a training programme developed as part of trials of cognitive behaviour therapy for insomnia (cbti), funded by the economic and social research council (esrc). ...

Dignity counts when caring for older people

Press Release | 03 February 2012 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Voluntary sector

Older people feel that their health problems pose a challenge to their sense of independence, dignity and identity and sometimes the health care they are given makes things worse

If you plan, then you’ll do… but it helps to have a friend

Press Release | 04 January 2012 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector, Schools, Voluntary sector

Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits but while you are more likely to do something if you plan it in advance according to research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc)


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Pregnancy termination trajectories in zambia: maximising research impact

Dr Ernestina Coast | Social Policy | 01 June 2014

Unsafe abortion is a significant preventable cause of maternal mortality and morbidity. In zambia it remains a major challenge, despite legalised abortion and a favourable policy framework. This project aims to maximise the impact of research that ha ...

Support for carers of people with early onset dementia

Professor Heather Gage | 31 March 2014

Research to assess policies and strategies for dementia in the young (rhapsody) aims primarily to analyse the health and social care systems and infrastructures available to the severely burdened yet underserved group of people with young onset demen ...

Pride - promoting independence in dementia

Professor Martin Orrell | 01 March 2014

This programme aims to: investigate how lifestyle changes may reduce risk of dementia, and understand the social impact of dementia develop and evaluate a social intervention to enhance independence for people with dementia. The english longitudinal ...

Applying relationships science to contemporary interventions

Dr Abigail Millings | 24 February 2014

The applying relationships science to contemporary interventions seminar series is a 3-year programme of nine mini-conferences designed to facilitate dialogue around relationships science between key stakeholders in contemporary interventions. Events ...

Actifcare: acces to timely formal care

Professor Robert Woods | 01 January 2014

Timely access to services, such as home care, is widely recognised as important for quality of life for people with dementia and their supporters and for reducing health care costs, for example by postponing nursing home placement. However, in practi ...

Living well with dementia

Professor Linda Clare | 01 January 2014

Enabling people with dementia and carers to ‘live well’ with the condition is a key uk policy objective. The aim of this project is to identify what helps people to live well or makes it difficult to live well in the context of having dem ...

Global health security

Professor Stefan Elbe | 30 November 2013

Traditionally the areas of global health and security have been seen as important but clearly distinct. However, the past decade has seen the rise of a number of issues which cross this boundary; from the threat of bioterrorism in the post 9/11 world ...

Health risks and benefits of extended working life (the heaf study)

Professor Keith Palmer | 03 November 2013

The need to keep britain's ageing population economically active has prompted government policies to extend working lives. However, such work may not be feasible for those with major health problems and, depending on occupational and personal circums ...


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