OHE Publications

OHE releases a number of publications throughout the year, authored by OHE team members and/or outside experts. All are free for download as pdf files; hard copies of some publications are available upon request.

A description of the OHE publications categories.


Seshamani, M.

June 2004

The past few decades have seen an accelerating increase in the numbers and proportion of older people in the populations of many countries.

Population ageing will have a profound impact on the societies, politics, and economies of countries. In particular, ageing is associated with alterations in private and public expenditure patterns, due to differing needs and preferences of older versus younger consumers.

Mason, A.R. and Street, A.

February 2004

Since the mid-1980s, the publication of hospital outcomes data has become increasingly popular. Canada and the US operate performance reporting systems, with similar initiatives planned in Australia and New Zealand (Mannion and Davies, 2002). In Europe, outcomes data are collected and published in the UK, Italy, Scandinavia and the Netherlands (Marshall and Brook, 2002).

Towse, A., Fenn, P., Gray, A., Rickman, N. and Salinas, R.

December 2003

The UK government hopes that the proposals in the report of the Department of Health’s Chief Medical Officer "Making Amends" (CMO, 2003) will make its NHS safer whilst ensuring that patients who are harmed get compensation more quickly and more efficiently than at present. The Making Amends proposals seek to achieve this by setting up administrative mechanisms for compensating patients. These will provide an alternative to the existing court based "tort" system, whereby patients sue doctors and hospitals for negligence in order to get compensation. These changes should be helpful.

Sussex, J.

Seminar Briefing
December 2003

The purpose of the conference was to locate and promote the role of health economics in mental health policy in low and middle income countries. Health economists have a growing voice in health policy development. But just as it is only recently that mental health policy specifically has been highlighted on the global stage, with the WHO’s 2001 World Health Report, so too has the economics of mental health only comparatively recently started to claim attention on the global policy stage.

Kuhn, M.

June 2003

This monograph sets out the insights from applying an economic perspective to a fundamental problem for any health service: ensuring cost-effective care when outcomes from care are uncertain and there is imperfect information about the activities of providers and the factors outside their control which also affect outcomes. The focus is on primary care but the lessons carry over to other sectors.

Sussex, J.

Seminar Briefing
December 2002

This briefing is based on the results of a seminar held in London on 30 May 2002. The seminar titled Building long term partnerships, was organised jointly by the Office of Health Economics and ACCA with the Future Healthcare Network of the NHS Confederation.

Mason, A.R., Towse, A., Drummond, M.F. and Cooke, J.

November 2002

The aim of the project was to evaluate the likely success of medicines management in a primary care led UK National Health Service (NHS). The methods used to achieve this objective included a postal survey and a review of the implementation literature.

Medicines management is a broad process concerned with optimising patient outcomes, while achieving value for money. The improvement of the quality of prescribing is a central feature of medicines management.

Mohan, J. and Gorsky, M.

July 2001

This book provides a reassessment of the role of charitable and voluntary fundraising for health care, with a particular focus on the hospital. It does so firstly by summarising the principal findings of a major research project on the pre-National Health Service (NHS) voluntary hospitals. Independent of the state and funded initially by charitable gifts, these hospitals cared for the acute sick before 1948 and were the centres of research and teaching. We discuss their performance, and that of the voluntary system, in its last decades.

Sachs, J.

May 2001

I am really grateful to have the chance to spend an hour with you to talk about a subject of enormous importance.  I am particularly gratified to be in London because so much of the global leadership on tackling the links between public health and economic development in the developing world originates in the UK - with its grand and esteemed tradition of leadership in science and in public health.  I hope that after this evening I can bring back home to the USA some of that global leadership and transmit it to Washington!