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The Health of People

The Health of People
How the social sciences can improve population health

First Edition

April 2017 | 96 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
As Britain ages amid austerity, more and more people will suffer from long-term health conditions. Obesity and diabetes are on the rise.  Mental health problems are widespread. Tobacco and addictions are well-known killers. Each condition brings high costs, both financial and social. Meanwhile, budgets for the NHS, social care and public health are being squeezed. Despite this potential crisis, new opportunities are emerging to support both healthcare providers and the population. Advances in understanding will change how behavior can prevent and mitigate ill health. Our approach to health must become more "social."

The Health of People – a report compiled by the Campaign for Social Sciences – investigates a range of ways to cut the cost of health interventions and to improve patient outcomes as well as ways of preventing people becoming patients. The report includes arguments for and case studies in favor of a more rounded, social science informed view of health and well-being. It concludes with an invitation to clinicians and policy makers to think outside the box of "care" about the causes and prevention of ill health.
Healthy behaviour: promoting population behaviour change
Understanding behaviour change
Strategies to encourage and support changes in health-related behaviours
Self-management of illness and long-term conditions
Behaviour change and implications for health service delivery
Social sciences and data

Campaign for Social Science

The Campaign for Social Science was launched in 2011 to advocate social science to the UK Government and to the public, at a time of significant change in the higher education system. It campaigns for the restoration of the post of Government Chief Social Science Advisor and the retention of large-scale longitudinal research programmes. It also promotes social science in the media and on the web and organises road shows and other events to emphasise the value of social science. As of January 2015, the Campaign was supported by 80 universities, learned societies, charities and publishers. See for more... More About Author

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