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.


 

Briefing
October 1978

In 1978 the cost of the National Health Service in the United Kingdom will rise, to an estimated record level of £8,000 million. Even when adjusted for the falling value of the pound this means that the NHS costs three times as much as when it was first established. However, public spending in other sectors like education has risen to a similar degree and in the past decade the outlay in the NHS has remained constant at about 10 per cent of all public expenditure, less debt interest.

Wells, N.

Series on Health
September 1978

Most of the 600,000 babies born in England and Wales each year are healthy and have before them the prospect of active lives spanning seventy years or more. A proportion of these infants, however, possess impairments, present at or arising during or immediately after delivery which may lead to severe temporary or permanent handicaps. The most frequently occurring of these impairments, involving physical and/or mental disability, are the subject of this paper.

Briefing
June 1978

In the financial year 1976-77 over £220 million was spent on health care research in the United Kingdom. Taking account of recent expenditure growth and making an allowance for less readily identifiable contributions it may be estimated that total health care research spending is currently approaching the £300 million mark. In real terms this is an almost twofold increase on the £80 million (£172 million at 1976 prices) recorded at the beginning of the decade.

Series on Health
April 1978

This paper analyses the occurrence and causes of reduced mental ability and its handicapping consequences with the objective of highlighting those areas where there is most opportunity for either preventing its incidence or alleviating the distress it generates.

von Grebmer, K.

Monograph
April 1978

It has not normally been OHE policy to reprint articles which have previously been published elsewhere. However, it seemed desirable to make an exception for this paper by Dr Klaus von Grebmer which has been published in two parts in German in Die Pharmazeutische Industrie. This is because it is a useful compilation of many arguments relating to pharmaceutical pricing, which deserves to be available in the English language as well as in German.

Laing, W.

Series on Health
April 1978

The incidence of treatable chronic renal failure in Britain and other Western countries is very small indeed. The most commonly quoted figure is forty people (under sixty years old) per million total population per year.1 Compared with conditions like coronary heart disease, cancer, bronchitis or arthritis, therefore, the magnitude of renal failure as a current health problem appears insignificant.

Series on Health
November 1977

Britain's one and a half million physically handicapped people do not form a homogeneous group. It is wrong to regard them as a discrete section of the population with identical difficulties and interests; for just as the basic abilities, learnt skills and other personal characteristics of 'normal' people vary very widely so too do those of persons who happen to have a disabling condition.

Monograph
September 1977

The information which pharmaceutical manufacturers provide for prescribing doctors – in the form of sales promotion and advertising – has been the subject of considerable and sometimes acrimonious controversy in Britain since the early 1960s. One result of this has been persistent political pressure to restrict both the content and volume of this information under the National Health Service. In response, the pharmaceutical manufacturers have accepted that in this respect they have to operate in a politically delicate environment.

Series on Health
April 1977

In 1808 Charles Badham adopted the term 'bronchitis' to define collectively 'chronic pectoral (chest) complaints, especially those of people advanced in life . . . ' This definition is of relevance today in that it serves to illustrate the wide range of morbid states that bronchitis may encompass and hence the likelihood that most people will experience, at one time or another, some of the symptoms of a bronchitic ailment. Such illnesses may occur either in the form of acute, usually periodic attacks or as chronic afflictions which often become progressively more serious over time.

Taylor, D.

Series on Health
March 1977

This study of the reorganised National Health Service is divided into two papers. The first describes the new structure and the management concepts on which it was based and the second examines the progress of and the criticisms made about the NHS since 1974. They were designed to complement one another although readers already familiar with the health service's administrative format may prefer to confine their attention to the latter study.

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