The King’s Fund sees population health as being key to reducing health inequalities and achieving better health outcomes locally. Their vision of population health involves four pillars:
- The wider determinants of health.
- Behaviours and lifestyles.
- The places and communities where people live.
- A more integrated health and care system.
Buck, D. Baylis, A. Dougall, D. [and] Robertson, R. (2015). A vision for population health: towards a healthier future. London: King’s Fund, November 2018.
There is also an Executive Summary.
Possibly of interest, regarding healthy lifestyles and the prevention agenda:
Pym, H. (2018). How do we incentivise people to be healthier? London: BBC Health News, November 28th 2018.
Around 90% of people have at least one unhealthy trait, according to Health Survey for England.
Most adults living unhealthy lifestyles. London: BBC Health News, December 4th 2018.
Transitioning to PHM Approaches in England
Successful implementation of population health management (PHM) is likely to involve embracing information technology, and leadership models involving new ways of working and shared culture.
“In the UK, there is a growing consensus that if health care is to be sustainable it must shift its focus from treatment of ill health to prevention. Moreover, maintaining and improving the population’s health requires a greater focus on the wider social determinants of health”.
The transition to integrated care: population health management in England. London: Deloitte LLP (“Deloitte”) / Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions, March 2019.
“The Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions is the research arm of Deloitte LLP’s Life Sciences and Health Care practices”.
March 2019 King’s Fund Update
Further summary information:
What does improving population health really mean? [Online]: King’s Fund, March 29th 2019.
Integrated Health and Care
Population health management: Integrated health and care in action. [Online]: NHS England, February 2020.