The introduction of new technologies coupled with improvements in the standard of living have had a beneficial impact on life expectancy: older people live longer than ever before, and younger people with disabilities are enjoying longer life and better quality of life. However, a downside of this advance is that our existing systems are struggling to cope with rising demands of a population living with one or more long-term conditions, and with complex needs that straddle the health and social care divide (the ‘Berlin wall’). There is an urgent need to reform the health and care system so that care is integrated across settings and the system is not overwhelmed.
One of our programmes of work falls under the Economics of Social and Health Care Research Unit (ESCHRU). Our research covers:
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Pattenden J, Mason A, Lewin R. Collaborative palliative care for advanced heart failure: Outcomes and costs from the ‘Better Together’ pilot study. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care 2012;Published Online first:4 September 2012 doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2012-000251.