Given the recognised relationship between poverty, welfare provision, health, and health service utilisation, public health attention has turned to welfare rights advice as a potentially key component in the range of initiatives aiming to reduce health inequalities. However, there is a concurrent increase in demand for such services and cuts in funding for them.
This emphasises the need for research to establish the impacts and cost effectiveness of welfare rights advice. This research aims to build a working group between SPHR researchers to prepare a programme of work, with at least one proposal as an immediate output, to address outstanding research questions on the broader health and economic impacts of welfare rights advice.
This research builds on the following previous SPHR work:
- A realist evaluation of the impact of Citizens Advice services on health and wellbeing (Fuse)
- The Do-Well study: a randomised controlled trial, economic and qualitative process evaluations of domiciliary welfare rights advice for socio-economically disadvantaged older people recruited via primary health care (Fuse)
- A prospective, controlled, mixed methods quasi- experimental study of the co-location of welfare advice in general practice (UCL)
- A study of welfare entitlement and determinants of health in older adults (led by LSHTM, with University of Sheffield and Fuse)
The collaboration will meet four times in the course of a year in order to develop a proposal for a scaled up, multicentre study, with a strong health economic element.
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