Research and reports

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Five examples of waste in the NHS (November 2016)
Five examples of waste in the NHS (November 2016)

How could a self care strategy help reduce waste in the NHS? Equipping people with the knowledge to self care and self treat commonly occurring conditions could help reduce areas of waste, freeing up valuable resources...

Also available, a one page infographic

Infographic: Five examples of waste in the NHS (November 2016)
Infographic: Five examples of waste in the NHS (November 2016)

How could a self care strategy help reduce waste in the NHS? View our one page infographic highlighting 5 key areas where savings could be made.

Self Care Nation Report (November 2016)
Self Care Nation Report (November 2016)

Based on research commissioned by PAGB, this report explores current attitudes towards self care and how this relates to people’s behaviour when managing self-treatable conditions. It includes recommendations on how to bridge the disconnect between the two.

See also our one-page infographic highlighting the key findings.

Infographic: Self Care Nation (November 2016)
Infographic: Self Care Nation (November 2016)

Read a one page summary highlighting the findings from PAGB’s Self Care Nation report on attitudes and behaviours in self care.

See also our report exploring current attitudes towards self care and how this relates to people’s behaviour when managing self-treatable conditions.

Consumer Health: time for a regulatory rethink (May 2016)
Consumer Health: time for a regulatory rethink (May 2016)

This report by RB in association with PAGB, written by the Economist Intelligence Unit looks at the changing healthcare environment and the role self-care plays and efforts at regulatory harmonisation, the barriers they have encountered, and prospects for the future.

The Hidden Health Challenges: the importance of nutrition as we age (March 2016)
The Hidden Health Challenges: the importance of nutrition as we age (March 2016)

This report investigates the nutritional gaps which are putting over-50s at increased risk of poor health and explores the possible use of supplements to address this hidden health challenge.

Presentation of self treatable conditions in A&E units in England (June 2015)
Presentation of self treatable conditions in A&E units in England (June 2015)

In an analysis carried out by IMS Health, it was estimated that self treatable conditions were responsible for 19.1% of attendances in England (2014), accounting for 3.7 million attendances at a cost of £290 million.

Can we afford not to self care? Empowering people to take control of their health (March 2015)
Can we afford not to self care? Empowering people to take control of their health (March 2015)

PAGB’s manifesto for self care outlines ways for the NHS to relieve pressures facing GPs and A&E departments. These include: implementing high profile national awareness campaigns to make people aware of when and how to self treat, providing consistent advice on where to access the right care, and through improving health literacy in children.

Minor ailment workload in General Practice (2008)
Minor ailment workload in General Practice (2008)

In an analysis carried out by IMS Health, it was estimated that minor ailments accounts for 18-20% of GP workload at a cost of £2 billion a year.