The government began consultation on proposals for regulations to ban smoking in private vehicles carrying children in England. The consultation would close on 27 August 2014.
Source: Smoking in Private Vehicles Carrying Children – Consultation on Proposed Regulations to Be Made under the Children and Families Act 2014, Department of Health
A report provided the results of a review of patient information released by the National Health Service Information Centre, the predecessor organization to the Health and Social Care Information Centre. The report concluded that there had been significant administrative lapses in recording the release of data and, in some cases, the decision-making process had been unclear and records of decisions incomplete. The report made a range of recommendations to remedy issues arising from past releases and to manage and record more systematically the future release of data.
Source: Data Release Review, PricewaterhouseCoopers
A report examined the prevalence and effects of living with anxiety and anxiety disorders, and made a range of policy recommendations, including for changes to the school curriculum, peer-led support, training for family doctors, and formal support.
Source: Paul Swift, Eva Cyhlarova, Isabella Goldie, and Chris O'Sullivan, Living with Anxiety: Understanding the role and impact of anxiety in our lives, Mental Health Foundation
A report examined the use of health and social care services by people diagnosed with cancer, using data linkage methods to track patterns of service use.
Source: Xavier Chitnis, Adam Steventon, Adam Glaser, and Martin Bardsley, Use of Health and Social Care by People with Cancer, Nuffield Trust
An article examined how the 'problem' of health spending was defined in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, presenting the results of a content analysis of print media during the period 2005ï¿½2010.
Source: Michael Gusmano and Sara Allin, 'Framing the issue of ageing and health care spending in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States', Health Economics, Policy and Law, Volume 9 Issue 3
An article set out a methodology that could be used to calculate the value of mortality and morbidity improvements. The results for England indicated that the value of health improvements in developed economies had added at least 0.3 per cent per annum to twentieth-century national income growth rates. It called for those interested in understanding improvements in economic welfare to pay much more attention to improvements in health.
Source: Kerry Hickson, 'The GDP value of twentieth-century health improvements in developed economies: initial estimates for England', Review of Income and Wealth, Volume 60 Number 2
An article said that patient and public involvement in health research, including mental health research, was poorly conceptualized. A political conceptualization best captured the new knowledge that marginalized health groups could produce.
Source: Diana Rose, 'Patient and public involvement in health research: ethical imperative and/or radical challenge?', Journal of Health Psychology, Volume 19 Number 1
An article said that the amount of alcohol consumed in England could be much higher than previously thought, based on a comparison of alcohol sales figures with surveys of what people said they drank.
Source: Sadie Boniface and Nicola Shelton, 'How is alcohol consumption affected if we account for under-reporting? A hypothetical scenario', European Journal of Public Health, Volume 23 Issue 6
A report examined specialist provision for older people with drug and alcohol misuse problems. It called for more specialist, age-appropriate services, stable funding, and improved awareness and support in care settings, including primary and social care.
Source: It's About Time: Tackling substance misuse in older people, DrugScope/Recovery Partnership
An article examined the implementation of a tool (developed by the health and safety watchdog) designed to identify aspects of work that, if poorly managed, were associated with lower levels of employee health and productivity, and increased sickness absence.
Source: Keely Brookes, Caroline Limbert, Chris Deacy, Alison O'Reilly, Scott, and Katie Thirlaway, 'Systematic review: work-related stress and the HSE management standards', Occupational Medicine, Volume 63 Issue 7
An article examined the links between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and poor adult health and social outcomes. ACEs were found to contribute to poor life-course health and social outcomes. Those linked to involvement in violence, early unplanned pregnancy, imprisonment, and unemployment suggested a cyclic effect, whereby those with higher ACE counts had higher risks of exposing their own children to ACEs.
Source: Mark Bellis, Helen Lowey, Nicola Leckenby, Karen Hughes, and Dominic Harrison, 'Adverse childhood experiences: retrospective study to determine their impact on adult health behaviours and health outcomes in a UK population', Journal of Public Health, Volume 36 Number 1
A report provided an outline of a wide range of dementia-friendly community projects, organized at grass-roots level throughout Yorkshire, a county in the north of England.
Source: Dementia-friendly Yorkshire: First steps on the journey, Joseph Rowntree Foundation