The future of public services: digital patients

This report highlights the important role app and wearable technology will play in healthcare. It finds that the emergence of wearable and app technology in healthcare presents policymakers with an unprecedented opportunity to engage patients in their own healthcare. It concludes that, if care teams had access to user-generated data, it could enrich their understanding of the patient and how best to manage their condition.

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Read the full report: The future of public services: digital patients.

Watch the interview with researcher William Mosseri-Marlio below:


Hospital to Home Evaluation report

Munro, F. et al. IRISS. Published online: May 2016

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This evaluation concerns the final aim of the project: To develop a series of co-designed service recommendations, designed to enable older people to experience a well-supported, co-ordinated and positive pathway from hospital to home.

Using a co-evaluation approach with health and social care practitioners we evaluated how the project Working Group recommendations were used in the case study areas and the impact this had, both for those delivering the new pathways, and those receiving care.

The project recommendations were adapted and used in different ways across South Angus and Dundee with specific system changes being applied and tested. These were mainly adaptions that addressed co-ordinating care and improving communication and trust across different practitioner groups.

These included:

  • conducting multi-disciplinary team meetings in community and hospital;
  • moving some social work function and assessment into the community;
  • assigning coordinators to manage the hospital/home transitions of an older person.

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Gardens and health: it’s time for health policy to bring gardens in from the cold

Buck, D. The King’s Fund Blog. Published online: 17 May 2016

By David Buck

Green space – and its link to improving the public’s health – was one of the areas included in our 2013 report on the evidence around how local authorities could make the most of their existing functions – from housing to supporting employment – to improve their citizens’ health.
Image source: Liam Quinn – Wikimedia // CC BY-SA 2.0

I admit, I started out as a bit of a sceptic when it came to the link between green space and health, thinking that the observed relationship between access to more green space and health was primarily driven – especially in urban areas – by the fact that more-wealthy people live nearer green space than less-wealthy people, and the wealthier you are, the healthier you tend to be. The evidence included in our 2013 report started to challenge my scepticism.

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I therefore welcomed the opportunity to explore the many and diverse relationships between gardens, gardening and health more thoroughly as part of work commissioned by the National Gardens Scheme, the findings of which are published today in an editorially independent report.

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