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.

How transport offers a route to better health

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Transport affects the health of people across society, in multiple ways. Investing in transport is one way we can help address widening health inequalities and regional disparities in public health.

How can policymakers plan better for the long term?

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COVID-19 has illustrated why policymakers must prepare better for uncertainty. This long read explores what long-term planning means, how it could be improved and why the recovery provides a unique op...

Anchors in a storm

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COVID-19 has galvanised many institutions, including the NHS, into more purposefully influencing local social and economic conditions. Here we identify nine lessons from conversations with anchor lead...

NHS reform

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Given plans for significant changes to NHS structures and legislation, our long read sets out five key questions the proposals raise about the future of primary care networks in England.

Better housing is crucial for our health and the COVID-19 recovery

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Housing problems such as overcrowding, poor quality and unaffordable homes are a threat to health. Improving housing’s impact on health will help COVID-19 recovery and offer opportunities to address o...

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...

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