Economic costs of diet and low physical activity

The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies have produced a report on assessing the economic costs of unhealthy diets and low physical activity. The study examines the evidence on the economic burden of these lifestyle characteristics and explores definitions of the terms and the complexity of estimating the economic burden. The review finds that existing studies underestimate the true economic burden by not including indirect costs. The study also tests the feasibility of using a disease-based approach to estimate the costs of unhealthy diets and low physical activity.

Candari, C.J., Cylus, J. and Nolte, E. (2017) ‘Assessing the economic costs of unhealthy diets and low physical activity: an evidence review and proposed framework’, WHO Health Policy Series No.47, Copenhagen, Denmark: European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

Innovation Panel data

Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study, have released the ninth Wave of Innovation Panel data. The dataset contains experimental and methodological tests. Amongst the experiments is a study on the targeted timing of email invitations to surveys. Other experiments include the use mixed mode data collection, the value of respondent incentives, measurement of household finances, subjective expectations about returns to schooling, people’s assessment of what constitutes “successful ageing”, format of response options, use of multiple measurements to improve measurement of attitudes, and measurement of sensitive topics. There is a working paper on the results from the methodological experiments.

Agreement on shape of medical education and training

The four UK nations have endorsed the conclusions of the UK Shape of Training Steering Group on medical education and training in the UK. The steering group were considering the recommendations made in Sir David Greenaway’s review of medical education and training. The recommendations relate to changes in the medical curricula, training pathways and credentialing of education and training that should be developed by the Medical Royal Colleges and the General Medical Council. The report of the group and annexes informing the recommendations are available.

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.

Sharing Intelligence for Health & Care Group summary report

The Sharing Intelligence for Health and Care Group is a forum that brings together six national organisations in Scotland: Audit Scotland, Care Inspectorate, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, and Public Health & Intelligence. The group have produced their second annual summary report summarising activity to date and plans for the future. The report has brief sections on health and social care integration, workforce challenges and financial pressures in the NHS.