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Blog: Free personal care in Scotland - Prof. David Bell

The 1998 Royal Commission on Long-Term Care recommended that the government should meet the costs of personal care in the UK. It argued that since cancer care is available free through the NHS, the same should apply to Alzheimer’s disease. So is the Scottish system of FPC a worthy policy aspiration for the rest of the UK? Let’s look at how it works.

Latest evidence from the HAGIS pilot!

Findings from the HAGIS pilot have highlighted that there are significant differences in bowel screening participation rates between single men and men who live with a partner.

Pilot Data

The HAGIS team have been working hard to prepare the pilot data for analysis.

HAGIS takes to the field!

The HAGIS pilot survey goes into the field this month! Interviewers from our fieldwork company, Facts International, will be knocking on the doors of randomly selected households in mainland Scotland and asking for permission to interview household members about their outlook on life, their circumstances and their health. This is a first for Scotland.

ELSA Wave 7 Launch

David Bell and Elaine Douglas went to the launch of the seventh wave of the English Longitudinal Survey of Ageings on October 13th. HAGIS is yet to have its first full wave, so we are well behind England! Even so, ELSA is a youngster compared with the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) which began back in 1992 and has surveyed a group of Americans aged 50+ every two years since then.

Ethical Approval for HAGIS

The HAGIS project received ethical approval from Stirling Management School on the 23rd of October 2015.

The HAGIS launch conference

The presentations each pointed to the important role that HAGIS will play in helping to understand the ageing process in Scotland, especially in the presence of the ageing population facing us today.


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2017 Conference
Surgeons Hall, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW.
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