Wellbeing and being well

BMJ Current, 20 July 2016

John Appleby looks at the statistical correlation between health and happiness.

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Psychological Therapies, Annual Report on the use of IAPT services – England, 2014-15

Health and Social Care Information Centre, December 2015

Between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015 1,267,193 referrals were received with over a third of these being self referrals. The average waiting time between referral as start of treatment was 32 days.

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Estimation of future cases of dementia from those born in 2015

Office of Health Economics, September 2015

Commissioned by Alzheimer’s Research UK, the findings in this report estimate that one in three people born this year will develop the condition during their lifetime. The analysis took into account life expectancy estimates for people born in 2015, as well as estimates of dementia incidence in men and women of different ages.

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Poor Beginnings: Health inequalities among young children across England

National Children’s Bureau, September 2015

This report is based on official data published by Public Health England and it looks at four key measures of young children’s health and wellbeing: obesity, tooth decay, accidental injury and school readiness. It picture of the health of children under five years old living in England and shows how growing up in different areas of the country can have an impact on the likelihood of experiencing a poor health outcome before starting school.

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Obesity Statistics

House of Commons Library, June 2015

This briefing gives statistics on obesity for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with international comparisons. Breakdowns by age, gender, local authority and deprivation are given where possible, and data for both adult and child obesity is covered. In addition to statistics on the prevalence of obesity, this briefing gives statistics on prescriptions of drugs for obesity, trends in bariatric surgery, and the detrimental effect of obesity on health.

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Hard Edges: Mapping Severe and Multiple Disadvantage

Lankelly Chase Foundation, April 2015

This study seeks to provide a statistical profile of a key manifestation of ‘severe and multiple disadvantage’ (SMD) in England.  The report aims to address the fragmentation of data concerning people with complex and multiple disadvantage and so create the clearest quantitative picture possible of the reality of people’s lives. By establishing the extent to which different systems that people come into contact with overlap, the report aims to stimulate thought and action on whether single issue systems and services are any longer the most effective response.

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Specialist substance misuse treatment for young people in England 2013-14

Public Health England, January 2015

This paper reports on the statistics for children and young people using alcohol and drugs, the numbers attending specialist substance misuse services in 2013-14 and the outcomes.

The headlines:
• 19,126 young people received help for alcohol or drug problems
• 71% had cannabis as their main problem drug
• 79% of young people left services having successfully completed their
treatment

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