Keeping patients safe in hospital

15 Nov 2016

Healthcare is a complex beast and too often problems arise that can put patients’ health – and in some cases, lives – at risk. A collaboration between the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research and the Department of Engineering hopes to get to the bottom of what’s going wrong – and to offer new ways of solving the problems.

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Granddaughter helping her disabled grandmother walk with the aid of a walker.

Caring and sharing: challenges, costs and questions of dignity

03 Mar 2015

Integration of healthcare (free at point of delivery from the NHS) and social care (means-tested and provided by local authorities) is under increasing scrutiny as the 2014 Care Act comes into effect.  Research by Dr Brian Sloan, a legal scholar currently based at CRASSH, addresses some big questions about the legal framework and the ways in which the elderly and vulnerable are supported.

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We ask the experts: is overseas aid working?

16 Aug 2013

We live in an unequal world: each year billions of dollars are directed at reducing some of the gaps between rich and poor, and bringing basic healthcare and education to those without these life-enhancing resources. But at grassroots level international aid often fails to make a real difference. Where are we going wrong?

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How to care for carers

10 Jun 2013

Carers’ week (10-16 June) will focus on the 6.5 million people who are carers. Many are providing palliative care for a relative or friend at home. A new tool has been developed to identify carers’ needs during end-of-life care at home and enable them to work more smoothly with healthcare professionals. 

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Can you put a price on health?

23 May 2013

As health services strive to improve quality and reduce costs, researchers study the benefits – and the pitfalls – of ‘pay for performance’ in hospitals.

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