Title: Utilisation and service productivities in community social care for older people: patterns and policy implications
Brief summary: In the context of the community care reforms in England and Wales of 1992, the thesis explores the defensibility of the patterns of provision of publicly brokered resources amongst a sample of older people living in the community. The thesis identifies evidence of improvements in the targeting of resources in the post-reform era, as well as evidence that community care services achieve significant improvements in a wide range of welfare outcomes for service users and their carers.
Title: The organisation of social care in England: Markets, hierarchies and contract choices in residential care for older people
Brief summary: This thesis is concerned with strategic (economic) organisation, as applied to the long-term care system in England, adopting a transaction cost perspective.
Title: Economic Implications of Psychosocial Development in Childhood: Long-Term Outcomes and the Costs of Intervention
Brief summary: Andy's thesis uses longitudinal data to examine the impact of behavioural problems in childhood on adult labour market outcomes, including earnings and employment. It also draws on survey data to examine the costs to the health and education services of interventions that target child and adolescent behavioural problems.
Title: Equity in mental health and mental health care in Britain
Brief summary: Roshni's research focuses on equity in mental health care in the UK, looking at income and social class related inequalities in mental health and inequity in the use of services, using the concentration index approach.
Data from three large national surveys are analysed - the Psychiatric Morbidity Surveys for 1994 and 2000 for general households and the survey of Ethnic Minority Psychiatric Illness Rates 2000.
There are three strands to the research - a detailed analysis of the situation in 2000, a comparative study of the situations in 1994 and 2000 and analysis of psychiatric morbidity and use of services by the ethnic minorities.
Brief summary: The focus of Tihana's research is the motivations of independent sector providers in the social care market.