There is a growing interest in research into how primary care and the wider health and care system might be better organised and delivered.
Health policy and systems research seeks to understand and improve how societies organise themselves in achieving collective health goals, and how different actors interact in the policy and implementation processes to contribute to policy and health outcomes.
In the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences we seek to understand how primary care fits into the broader health system, and how people and organisations interact in developing policy and improvements that have primary care at their heart.
Our focus in on generating robust and up-to-date policy-relevant information to guide decision-making on how to reinforce health care planning, resource allocation and service delivery.
We use qualitative, quantitative,mixed-methods and evidence synthesis approaches to examine health system goals, the system building blocks to achieve them and the policies to support them.
The programme brings together research teams from across the department into three themes to develop high-quality research:
- Implementation, improvement and system change.
- Evidence, knowledge and policy.
- Research on research.
Health policy and systems research is inter-disciplinary, drawing from across social and health sciences. This involves researchers from across the department, primarily the Interdisciplinary Research in Health Sciences Group, the Health Experiences Research Group, the Centre for Health Service Economics and Organisation, and the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.
19 October 2020
Building on recent research highlighting the unmet social care needs of adults with Tourette’s, academics from Bath and Oxford are teaming up with comedians with the condition to challenge the stereotypes and stigma that exist.
25 August 2020
The study highlights the art of General Practice - GPs can pick up a lot from the way patients behave.
19 August 2020
It’s cheap, readily available, and has virtually no side effects. Doctors can recommend it, finds research.
Stuart Redding and Catia Nicodemo, from the Centre for Health Service Economics and Organisation, describe a simple metric that predicts which English CCG regions are most vulnerable.
Gemma Hughes reflects on research into care organising technologies, led by Professor Sara Shaw and recently published in Social Science and Medicine.