Public perceptions of health and social care

The Health Foundation has published the second survey in its programme of public perceptions research.

Public perceptions of health and social care: what the new government should know outlines the results of a survey of more than 2,000 people between 26 May and 1 June.

It found the public is pessimistic about the state of the NHS. 

Just over half (55%) think the general standard of care has gotten worse in the past 12 months.

Across the UK as a whole, 13% think their national government has the right policies for the NHS. 

However, the public wants a better health service, not a departure from the NHS model. 

Seventy-seven per cent believe the NHS is 'crucial to British society and we must do everything to maintain it'.

Read the report in full here.

One in 10 turning to private healthcare

One in ten people (10%) are currently turning to private care, according to a new UK survey from Engage Britain and Yonder.

Almost two thirds (63%) do so because of difficulties accessing NHS care.

Almost half (46%) of people using private healthcare are forced to cut back on spending, use their savings, or get into debt in order to to pay for it. 

Read more here.

Study: Evaluating the effectiveness of internet-based communication for public health

A review published by JMIR aims to summarise the evidence on internet-based health communication for public health authorities.

Researchers found most studies (45%) targeted health promotion and disease prevention, followed by crisis communication (31%), general health (17%), and misinformation correction and health promotion (8%). 

Engagement and message framing were the most analysed aspects, while 18% focused on campaign effectiveness.

Authors said the extreme variability of outcomes and lack of a unitary measure for assessing the end points of specific campaigns and studies led them to reconsider the tools used to evaluate web-based health communication.

View the full study report here.

Equity in medical devices: call for evidence

There is still time to have your say in a call for evidence on equity in medical devices.

An independent review is aiming to establish where and how potential ethnic and other unfair biases may arise in the lifecycle of medical devices.

However, so far evidence has been inconclusive.

The call for evidence, which closes on 6 October, is seeking views on the design, development, evaluation and use of medical devices.

Find out more about how to submit your evidence here.

Study: Patient perspectives on primary care for multimorbidity

A review published by Health Expectations explores primary care for people with multimorbidity.

The aim was to focus on the perspective of people with multimorbidity in multiple ways.

This included having patient partners co-lead the design, conduct and reporting of findings and focusing on literature that reported the perspective of people with multimorbidity.

The findings support a reorientation of primary care systems to better reflect the experiences and perspectives of people with multimorbidity. 

Recommendations include involving patient partners in the design and evaluation of primary care services and incentivising collaboration among health and social care.

Read the study in full here.

Screener Design & Best Practice Guide updated

The BHBIA Fieldwork Forum and the EPHMRA Fieldwork Forum have published an updated version of the Screener Design & Best Practice Guide.

The guide is intended to act as a reference aid for those designing and implementing screeners to meet their research needs, while avoiding unnecessary fieldwork complications.

It is also designed to act as a safeguard for future respondent engagement. 

Read more and download the guide here.

Event: HETT Show 2022

There is still time to register for your free place at the HETT Show 2022.

HETT is free to attend for those working in the NHS, independent healthcare provision, the care sector, the wider public sector, academia and research and not-for-profit.

The show takes place from 27-28 September at ExCel London.

Register for your free place here.

Event: COVID-19 vaccines, boosters and immunity

The National Core Studies Immunity (NCSi) Programme and UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium (UK-CIC) are hosting a free public webinar.

COVID-19 vaccines, boosters and immunity aims to deepen understanding of immunity against COVID-19 and explore the protection vaccines provide.

The webinar, which includes a panel discussion on immune response research and a Q&A, will be held from 6pm to 7pm on Tuesday 27 September.

Register via the British Society for Immunology website.