The Contribution of Social Sciences to Health – Call for Evidence
14 March 2016
Call for evidence
The Campaign for Social Science is commencing a new project, The Health of People, to demonstrate the vital role of social science research and practice in contributing to health and addressing specific issues facing the NHS, UK healthcare, and health more broadly. It will set out major problems facing UK health, and provide concrete examples of how social science research and expertise can address them, such as the prevention of ill-health, optimising the benefits of biomedical advances and managing long-term conditions. The project will set out an agenda for the better use of social science research in health policy making and service provision.
As part of the report, we are seeking case studies of research in which the social sciences have made a significant contribution to improving health and/or the quality of our health services – and in which there may be scope for even greater contributions in future if the social sciences were more fully harnessed.
We take a broad approach in this call for evidence and hope to include work from a wide range of academic disciplines (e.g. sociology, psychology, health economics) and practitioners (e.g. clinical, public health).
We would particularly welcome case studies that fall within our six key themes, selected using a framework adapted from the 2016-17 ‘NHS Mandate’ (the summary of key priorities given by the Department of Health to the English NHS to guide their actions during the course of the year):
• Improving outcomes and tackling inequalities
• Efficiency and productivity
• Access and quality
• Rebalancing the health system away from a crisis focus, towards care closer to home and the community (this includes better access to GPs, improving mental health and learning disability services, and creating more integrated care).
Case study questions
For each case study, please address the following key questions with a maximum of 100 words for each section:
1. Problem – outline the issue at stake
2. Purpose – outline the aim of the study
3. Social Science contribution – detail the specific social science contribution
4. Impact – detail the impact (including any direct lessons for policy and practice)
5. Scope for further social science contribution – comment on the scope for even greater contribution in this area if the social sciences were more valued
6. Details (using the Harvard system of referencing) to the full study (‘For further information, see Smith et al (2015)’
Please submit via email to mailto:[email protected] or by post: Daniela Puska, Campaign for Social Science, 33 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG.
Deadline for submission is 22nd April 2016.
Submissions may be published in the report or on our website. Please inform us if you do not want your name and/or your submission to be made public.
About the Health of People Working Group
The Health of People project is led by Professor Susan Michie, Director, Centre for Behaviour Change, University College London and combines the expertise of 18 social and behavioural sciences academics and practitioners.