Category Archives: International health & social care

BC SUPPORT Unit newsletter

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.


WHO report on achieving tobacco-free status

Tobacco-free refers to a smoking prevalence of 5% or less. This report from the World Health Organization (WHO) focusses on protecting children from smoking and identifies tools and novel approaches that can help achieve tobacco-free status. It includes short case studies on addressing tobacco-related health inequalities in Scotland and on a Scottish project to reduce families exposure to second-hand smoke.

World Health Organization (2017) Tobacco-free generations: protecting children from tobacco in the WHO European Region, Copenhagen, Denmark: WHO.

OHE briefing on nursing home care

The Office of Health Economics (OHE) have published a briefing on ‘Interventions that encourage high-value nursing home care: lessons for the UK‘. The briefing summarises a seminar given by Professor David Grabowski of Harvard University and explores his theory on how payment and delivery interventions can encourage high-value care rather than a reliance on regulation as a guarantor of quality.