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.

Spending Review 2020

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In the face of daunting costs from the COVID-19 pandemic, our long read looks at what a 1-year Spending Review means for the NHS, social care and policies to improve health over the longer term.

Inequalities in health care for people with depression and/or anxiety

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People with depression and/or anxiety are more likely to have additional long-term conditions if they live in areas of higher socioeconomic deprivation. This long read highlights longstanding inequali...

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.

Understanding and sustaining the health care service shifts accelerated by COVID-19

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COVID-19 has significantly changed the context in which the NHS operates. Here, we bring together insights into how these health care service shifts can be used to deliver sustainable change.

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...

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