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Health and wellbeing

The health inequalities in our society, especially when taken internationally, are stark and have been revealed and made worse by COVID-19. Health literacy around the world is irregular, particularly in communities that struggle to even get basic access to healthcare, and the long-term links between poverty and health are becoming more evident.

Focussing on UN Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing, our publishing in this area examines the issues and looks towards providing solutions. Our COVID-19 Collection, for example, showcases our content on the pandemic, in order to encourage broader perspectives and collaborations across global and disciplinary boundaries.

Bristol University Press and Policy Press are signed up to the UN SDG Publishers Compact. In Health and wellbeing, we aim to address the following goal:

SDG Publishers compact logoSDG 3: Good health and well-being

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Biomedical Innovation in Fertility Care

Evidence Challenges, Commercialization and the Market for Hope

Available Open Access digitally under CC-BY-NC-ND licence.

This book analyses the clashes between evidence-based medicine and the dynamics of an increasingly privatised fertility care industry. With a unique focus on "add-on" treatments, it reveals how these controversial treatments are now widespread and can border on hopemongering.

Bristol Uni Press
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Adult Social Care Law and Policy

Lessons from the Pandemic

Available Open Access digitally under CC-BY-NC-ND licence.

The pandemic exposed weaknesses in adult social care, putting people who draw on services in more precarious positions. This book explores the impact of emergency laws and operational changes, providing solutions for improving laws and regulations going forwards.

Bristol Uni Press
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COVID-19 and Co-production in Health and Social Care Research, Policy, and Practice

Volume 2: Co-production Methods and Working Together at a Distance

The second in a two-volume set, this book explores the need to put co-production and participatory approaches at the heart of responses to the pandemic and demonstrates how to do this. Exploring a variety of case studies from across the global North and South, the book focuses on methods and means of co-producing during a pandemic.

Policy Press

How Britain Loves the NHS

Practices of Care and Contestation

It is often claimed that the UK is unusually attached to its National Health Service, and the last decade has seen increasingly visible displays of gratitude and love. This book offers a timely critique of both the potential, and the dysfunctions, of Britain’s complex love affair with its healthcare system.

Policy Press

Poverty and Prejudice

Religious Inequality and the Struggle for Sustainable Development

EPDF and EPUB available Open Access under CC-BY-NC-ND licence. This book offers a comprehensive overview of how efforts to achieve SDGs can be enhanced by paying greater attention to freedom of religion and belief.

Bristol Uni Press

What Is Public Trust in the Health System?

Insights into Health Data Use

This important book uses empirical evidence to explore the concept of public trust in health systems.

In doing so, it provides a comprehensive contemporary explanation of public trust, how it affects health systems and how it can be nurtured and maintained as an integral component of health system governance.

Policy Press

Northern Exposure

COVID-19 and Regional Inequalities in Health and Wealth

Using original data analysis from a wide range of sources, this book addresses the vital contemporary issue of regional inequality through the impact of COVID-19.

Policy Press

Racism and Ethnic Inequality in a Time of Crisis

Findings from the Evidence for Equality National Survey

ePUB and EPDF available Open Access under CC-BY-NC-ND licence.

Drawing from the Evidence for Equality National Survey (EVENS), this book presents new evidence of ethnic inequalities and sheds new light on underlying racisms, opening them up to debate as crucial social concerns.

Policy Press

COVID-19, Inequality and Older People

Everyday Life during the Pandemic

This book provides new insights into the challenges facing older people in Greater Manchester in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Drawing on novel longitudinal research, the book analyses their lived experiences and those of organisations working to support them, shedding light on the isolating effects of social distancing.

Policy Press

Unpaid Work in Nursing Homes

Flexible Boundaries

Edited by Pat Armstrong

Drawing on a range of international research projects, this book documents a broad spectrum of unpaid work performed by residents, relatives, volunteers and staff in nursing homes. It provides insights which will be critical in planning for nursing home care post-pandemic.

Policy Press

Care Technologies for Ageing Societies

An International Comparison

Exploring the role of technology in Europe, Canada, Australia and Japan, this book compares the ways in which technology is being implemented in different national contexts to contribute effectively to the sustainability of care systems.

Policy Press

COVID-19 and Co-production in Health and Social Care Research, Policy, and Practice

Volume 1: The Challenges and Necessity of Co-production

The first of a two-volume set, this book explores the need to put co-production and participatory approaches at the heart of responses to the pandemic and demonstrates how to do this. It gives voice to a diversity of marginalised communities to illustrate how they have been affected and to demonstrate why co-produced responses are so important.

Policy Press

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Evidence & Policy

To what extent does evidence support decision making during infectious disease outbreaks? A scoping literature review [Open Access]

Making evidence and policy in public health emergencies: lessons from COVID-19 for adaptive evidence-making and intervention [Open Access]

Risk, uncertainty and medical practice: changes in the medical professions following disaster [Open Access]

Building trust and sharing power for co-creation in Aboriginal health research: a stakeholder interview study

The evolution of Cochrane evidence summaries in health communication and participation: seeking and responding to stakeholder feedback

Sharing confidential health data for research purposes in the UK: where are ‘publics’ in the public interest?

Reconstructing the mixed mechanisms of health: the role of bio- and sociomarkers

Are ‘healthy cohorts’ real-world relevant? Comparing the National Child Development Study (NCDS) with the ONS Longitudinal Study (LS)

Nutritional lifestyle patterns and cancer: confounding effect of social determinants across the life course in women from the 1958 British birth cohort study

Early-life circumstances and the risk of function-limiting long-term conditions in later life [Open Access]

Socio-demographic and maternal health indicators of inhibitory control in preschool age children: evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand

Socio-economic position at four time points across the life course and all-cause mortality: updated results from the Uppsala Birth Cohort Multigenerational Study [Open Access]

Overweight and obesity in childhood and adolescence: findings from the UK Millennium Cohort Study, up to age 14

International Journal of Care and Caring

Care goes viral: care theory and research confront the global COVID-19 pandemic

Associations between care network types and psychological well-being among Dutch older adults

Epistemic injustice, face-to-face encounters and caring institutions

Philosophical dialogue in palliative care and hospice work

Improving the identification of cancer patients’ caring relationships

Supporting people with young-onset dementia and their family carers better