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

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Comparing G7 countries: are excess deaths an objective measure of pandemic performance?

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As leaders of the G7 gather this week, the REAL Centre team reflect on the fairest way to compare COVID-19 deaths across the G7 countries.

'Levelling up' general practice in England

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General practice has a key role to play in reducing health inequalities and should be included in the government's 'levelling up' agenda. But to do so it must be properly resourced.

Unemployment and mental health

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Analysis from our healthy lives team shows it’s vital for policymakers to act upstream in tackling unemployment and mental health together as part of the nation’s COVID-19 recovery.

One year on: Three myths about COVID-19 that the data proved wrong

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Three charts measuring 'years of life lost' that disprove three ‘myths’ that were prevalent at the start of the pandemic.

Securing a positive health care technology legacy from COVID-19

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During the pandemic, the NHS has rolled out technologies at impressive speed. But what will need revisiting after the pandemic's emergency phase is over? We draw on learning from Health Foundation pro...

How transport offers a route to better health

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Transport affects the health of people across society, in multiple ways. Investing in transport is one way we can help address widening health inequalities and regional disparities in public health.

How can policymakers plan better for the long term?

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COVID-19 has illustrated why policymakers must prepare better for uncertainty. This long read explores what long-term planning means, how it could be improved and why the recovery provides a unique op...

Anchors in a storm

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COVID-19 has galvanised many institutions, including the NHS, into more purposefully influencing local social and economic conditions. Here we identify nine lessons from conversations with anchor lead...

Social care funding gap

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Our estimates of what it would cost to stabilise and improve adult social care in England.

NHS reform

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Given plans for significant changes to NHS structures and legislation, our long read sets out five key questions the proposals raise about the future of primary care networks in England.

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