Regular use of Universal Health and Education Services decreases the chance of developmental issues in young children

January 19, 2022

The first 2,000 days of a child’s life is a critical window of opportunity for establishing a strong foundation for their futures, and the universal child health and early education services are regarded as one of the best investments that governments can make to support caregivers in providing for their children’s health, development and learning.


How administrative data and analytics were used to support Ontario’s COVID-19 pandemic response

January 18, 2022

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, data and analytics have been crucial to both understanding the virus’ impact on populations and health systems and informing the public health response. The unprecedented need for timely, relevant analytics presented challenges to many health systems.


Location-based sensors confirm that the public opted to ‘lockdown’ before policy interventions came into force

January 13, 2022

A new research study has confirmed that German citizens practiced self-imposed social distancing ahead of policy interventions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using data from 100 sensors located across 49 metropolitan areas in Germany, researchers found that the numbers of pedestrians had fallen by 85% in 2020 compared with the previous, pre-pandemic year, before formal lockdowns were introduced by the Government.


Policymakers and researchers partner to inform new approach to reduce smoking in pregnancy

December 14, 2021

New research highlights the potential to reduce the rates of premature birth and stillbirth in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, using smoking cessation campaigns that outline the benefits of not smoking during pregnancy.


ASSIGN - an algorithm to help researchers study more precisely how health is impacted by where we live and who we live with

December 8, 2021

Knowing where a person lives and who they live with can provide important insights into the effects of the local environment and household composition on their health.


Administrative health data help to monitor the role of universal funding for assistive technologies for diabetes management in children.

December 7, 2021

In order to understand why some children experiencing complications of diabetes stay longer in hospital than others in New Brunswick, Canada, this study used anonymized data on the provincial insulin pump program, hospital records, and residential characteristics to characterize the social and policy factors that may result in shorter hospital overnight stays.


Coronavirus infection rates are lower amongst people experiencing homelessness in Wales than the general population

December 2, 2021

The Welsh Government’s rapid response to protect people experiencing homelessness from the spread of COVID-19 has resulted in lower rates of infection amongst this section of the population, compared with the general population in Wales, according to new research published today in the International Journal of Population Data Science (IJPDS).


How Data Harmonization provides a unique opportunity to accelerate health research

November 30, 2021

Data harmonization promising new way to support the advancement of research into population health to improve health and well-being of people worldwide, and provides unique opportunities for research.


Healthcare data linkage helps bridge the precarious transition gap from paediatric to adult services for young people with long term conditions

November 04, 2021

Up to the age of 16, children in the UK with long term health conditions receive ongoing healthcare, often by specialist paediatricians. But from age 16 onwards, the healthcare system views them as adults and transition to adult healthcare follows. This transition period is not only disruptive to the young people, but is also a source of concern about care standards that warranted inclusion in reports from the Care Quality Commission and the Chief Medical Officer for England.


Administrative health data help to monitor chronic diseases for the people of Alberta, Canada

October 21, 2021

In order to understand why and how some people develop cancer and chronic disease while others do not, Alberta’s Tomorrow Project in Alberta, Canada, invited Albertans that do not have prior history of cancer other than skin melanoma to participate in their long-term study by contributing information about their personal lifestyles and other risk factors for chronic diseases.


How can we measure the developmental impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on young children?

October 7, 2021

Across the United States and around the world, children and families are starting a new school year. Typically, a time of excitement and new beginnings, the first day of school has again been overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Researchers can measure health across multiple generations using routinely collected electronic records containing information on family structures and health

October 7, 2021

Having a family history of a health condition could increase your own risk of developing that health condition. Family health history is therefore an important tool for identifying people who have an increased risk of common, complex conditions.


How can access to administrative data for research be improved in Canada? This study aims to find out.

September 28, 2021

Administrative health data are a vital resource for researchers seeking to study the provision of healthcare. How healthcare is delivered, the quality of care provided, and the areas of care needing improvement, are essential pieces of information if healthcare is to be delivered to the highest standards. Why then is it still so challenging for some researchers to gain access to the data?


Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET); more than a youth policy issue

September 21, 2021

Extending the age range of NEETs (people who are not in Employment, Education or Training) from the current 15-29 years to include all working ages from 15-64 years, will give social policy makers a better opportunity to deliver the right support and interventions to the right age groups.


Our understanding of complex relationships between health, education and social care of millions of children in England, is set to improve significantly.

September 16, 2021

A brand new database called ECHILD (Education and Child Health Insights from Linked Data) has been created that will significantly improve upon the depth and breadth of researcher’s understanding of how health, education and social care can impact the lives of millions of children across England.


A partnership between NHS England and NHS Improvement and The Health Foundation develops new algorithm to accurately identify the number of care home residents

September 15, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been instrumental in highlighting how the lack of a national registry of care home residents in England has hampered efforts to adequately support this population subgroup. Meeting the needs of today’s ageing population with multiple health and healthcare needs is recognised to be among the most serious of challenges currently faced by the National Health Service (NHS) in England.


People working in the caring sector are at higher risk of poor mental health outcomes

July 27, 2021

Research suggests that healthcare professionals are more likely to be exposed to work-related stress from long working hours, night work or shift work and can often experience sleep disruption, potentially leading to burnout, depression, anxiety and sleep disorder, for up to 40% of healthcare staff. Research suggests that healthcare professionals are more likely to be exposed to work-related stress from long working hours, night work or shift work and can often experience sleep disruption, potentially leading to burnout, depression, anxiety and sleep disorder, for up to 40% of healthcare staff.