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Examples of research completed by Wirral Intelligence Service

  • Collins, B. J., Cuddy, K., & Martin, A. P. (2017). Assessing the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of drug intervention programs: UK case study. Journal of addictive diseases, 36(1), 5-13.
    This study used local data for Wirral to understand whether the ‘test on arrest’ scheme as part of the drugs intervention programme was cost effective in funnelling people into drug treatment and reducing subsequent crime. The study combined drug treatment data with arrest data from Merseyside police. This study found that the Drug Interventions Program was both effective and cost-effective with an average net cost saving of £668 (or £6,207 including one case of homicide).

  • Collins, B. (2013). Using a survey to estimate health expectancy and quality-adjusted life expectancy to assess inequalities in health and quality of life. Value in Health, 16(4), 599-603.
    This study used data from the North West Mental Wellbeing Survey to look at inequalities in life expectancy, healthy life expectancy and using a novel method to calculate quality adjusted life expectancy, and found that factoring quality of life into the calculation meant that the gap increased from 8 years to nearly 13 years. This study has been cited by six studies and has been influential in terms of methodologies.

  • This analysis was repeated with data for the whole of the North West in a subsequent study, Collins, B. (2017). Results from a Well-Being Survey in the North West of England: Inequalities in EQ-5D–Derived Quality-Adjusted Life Expectancy Are Mainly Driven by Pain and Mental Health. Value in Health20(1), 174-177.

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