health and health care

Continuity of care for older hospital patients: a call for action

Paper that focuses on the experiences of older people with multiple health problems, and particularly on their experiences inside hospital. Continuity is especially important for these older patients because: they are more likely to spend time in hospital and to be in hospital for longer; if they are frail, a stay in hospital can be life-changing; and, regrettably, in some hospitals and some wards older patients are exposed to unacceptable standards of care.

National evaluation of the Department of Health’s integrated care pilots

Document of the final output of an evaluation of the 16 DH Integrated Care Pilots (ICPs). It provides an account of the evaluation activities conducted, the data collected and the analyses completed.

Based on this it identifies key findings and conclusions about the processes and outcomes seen within the pilots during the evaluation. The evaluation was conducted by a team from RAND Europe and Ernst and Young LLP, with additional statistical analysis provided by the RAND Corporation and The Nuffield Trust.

Scoping review of the evidence relevant to life checks for young people aged 9 to 14 years

Life checks have been proposed by the English Department of Health as a personalised service providing support and advice at key stages throughout the lifespan to help people to maintain and improve their health. For young people, the proposed key stage for a life check is the transition between primary and secondary school sat ages 11 to 12 years. This review was a scoping exercise to identify the size and scope of the available research evidence relevant to the life check proposal for young people. This systematic review was published by EPPI-Centre in 2007.

Schemes to promote healthy weight among obese and overweight children in England

This report and the associated searchable database summarise schemes to promote healthy weight among obese and overweight children in England for which the EPPI-Centre were able to obtain data. In order to be included in the database, schemes needed a primary focus on tackling overweight or obesity in school-age children (4-18 years) who were already overweight or obese, through dietary, exercise or other means. Included interventions had to be structured and sustained over a period of time.This systematic review was published by EPPI-Centre in 2008.

Health promotion, inequalities and young people's health : a systematic review of research

This study describes how much health promotion and public health intervention research has focused on inequalities in young people’s health; and what methods have been used to define and measure inequalities This systematic review was published by EPPI-Centre in 2008. Systematic reviews aim to find as much as possible of the research relevant to the particular research questions, and use explicit methods to identify what can reliably be said on the basis of these studies.