The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) is to carry out new research on the need for, and use of, health and social care services among older people in England, and how these services interact – thanks to funding from the Health Foundation, an independent health care charity.
The IFS researchers will investigate how public money is allocated across health and social care services for older people with different types of needs, and the effect on their health outcomes and wellbeing.
The research project will be led by IFS Programme Director Gemma Tetlow. She says, “With an ageing population and limited public funding, it is important to understand how health and social care spending can be directed most efficiently and how these services can complement one another to produce the best outcomes."
The IFS research is one of four projects selected for support by the Health Foundation under its £1.5 million Efficiency Research Programme.