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Policy Research Programme

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the priorities are of the Policy Research Programme within the Department. (80707)

Priorities for the policy research programme (PRP) are determined primarily by the Department’s strategic objectives and public service agreements. The PRP funds approximately 300 policy related research projects at any one time. Currently, these provide evidence to inform policy on:

health protection including antimicrobial resistance, healthcare acquired infections, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, infectious diseases;

health promotion including obesity, nutrition, tobacco, sexual health, drugs, alcohol, foetal alcohol syndrome;

health inequalities;

specific disease areas such as coronary heart disease, stroke, and diabetes;

screening policy such as for cancer and hepatitis C;

policy for vulnerable or at risk groups such as child and maternal health, people with physical and learning disabilities, long-term conditions, mental health problems, and older people;

adult social care;

whole systems reform; and

the health and social care work force.