A Joint International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE) – International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Special Task Force has reported on good practice for reporting real world evidence for healthcare decision-making. Real world evidence is defined as being obtained from real word data. Real world data is defined as being data obtained outside the context of randomized controlled trials and includes data from retrospective or prospective observational studies and observational registries.
The British Medical Association (BMA) have a short news feature on their website about the move towards a Scottish GP contract. The article also details the next steps and timetable towards the contract, with the proposed contract to be published in November and then a series of roadshow events leading to a poll and the final decision on whether to accept the contract. If accepted, it would be implemented from April 2018.
The York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC) have produced a literature review on behalf of the British Lung Foundation and the British Thoracic Society on the economic costs of lung disease and the cost-effectiveness of different NHS activities, programmes and campaigns to combat lung problems.
The Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials (SUPPORT) Unit is based in British Columbia, Canada and Professor Stirling Bryan of HERU is involved in their work. This issue of the newsletter carries a blog post by the Unit’s Patient Engagement Lead on supporting patients as partners in research and a feature on a project engaging stakeholders to set priorities for primary care research.
The Institute for Public Policy Research have produced a report on wealth in the 21st century examining wealth inequality. The report argues that a focus on income inequality has masked the true extent of inequality in the UK and that while wealth inequality fell for much of the 20th century, it is now rising again, and is set to rise further.
Roberts, C. and Lawrence, M. (2017) Wealth in the twenty-first century: inequalities and drivers, IPPR.
The Scottish Government have announced that social care staff working ‘sleepover’ hours are to receive a pay increase and will now be paid the Living Wage of £8.45 for sleepover hours. Care workers have received the Living Wage for non-sleepover hours since October 2016.
The House of Commons Library have produced a briefing on the use of surgical mesh implants. The briefing summarises the uses of mesh implants and the statistics on procedures and complications. It also outlines the regulation around the use of mesh implants, the different reviews that have been undertaken, and parliamentary and legal discussion on the issue. The briefing was prepared in advance of a House of Commons debate on surgical mesh implants.