HEDS is part of the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. We undertake research, teaching, training and consultancy on all aspects of health related decision science, with a particular emphasis on health economics, HTA and evidence synthesis.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Measuring Well-being

Measuring National Well-being: Life in the UK 2012 provides a unique overview of well-being in the UK today. The report is the first snapshot of life in the UK to be delivered by the Measuring National Well-being programme and will be updated and published annually.

Here’s a ludicrously brief summary:

“Since the recent recession real incomes have fallen as inflation has risen faster than incomes. Around 1 in 8 people were finding it quite or very difficult to manage financially. Despite this, people have been shown to be quite resilient – life satisfaction has remained broadly stable throughout the last decade. Healthy life expectancy has increased as has our overall satisfaction with our health. However, mental health remains an important issue – around 1 in 5 reported some kind of psychological distress”.