Long reads Read the latest long reads from the Health Foundation on health care improvement, sustainability, health policy, data analytics and population health

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Our long reads present research and analysis from areas of work in an interactive format. You can read them online or download for later.

NHS Test and Trace: the journey so far

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Launched at the end of May, NHS Test and Trace is not yet the ‘world-beating’ contact tracing programme we were promised. This long read examines the lessons of the journey so far.

Generation COVID-19

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The pandemic has highlighted existing inequalities and new challenges for young people. Our analysis shows these touch on many different areas of life, from emotional wellbeing to housing, work and di...

How to interpret research on ethnicity and COVID-19 risk and outcomes: five key questions

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Knowing which studies on ethnicity and COVID-19 are robust can be difficult. Our long read explores five key questions to help you to evaluate research on ethnicity and COVID-19 risk and outcomes.

How might COVID-19 affect the number of GPs available to see patients in England?

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COVID-19 may affect the number of GPs able to consult with patients face-to-face. We explore this problem in terms of geography, socioeconomic deprivation, GP availability and the number of patients p...

Living in poverty was bad for your health long before COVID-19

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COVID-19 has thrown inequalities in health and society into sharper focus. Adam Tinson explores the link between health and income, and how we might use the current crisis to build a fairer and health...

Learning from lockdown

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COVID-19 and the response have touched every part of society. But as the UK edges out of lockdown, we ask which parts of our response to the pandemic are worth keeping hold of?

Returning NHS waiting times to 18 weeks for routine treatment

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In January 2020 there was a backlog of over 1,000,000 patients awaiting elective surgery which needed to be cleared to acheive the 18-week standard. As a result of COVID-19, and without radical interv...

Will COVID-19 be a watershed moment for health inequalities?

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and the wider governmental and societal response, have brought health inequalities into sharp focus.

Improving health by tackling market failure

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This long read explores what market failure is, its relevance for health, and how the government might intervene to improve the population’s health.

What the quality of work means for our health

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Read about how the quantity and quality of employment has changed over the last 10 years, and the implications this has for health and public policy.

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