Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science
I have a background in Economics (BA and MSc, Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and I’m currently Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science and director of the Global Observatory of Long-Term Care. During the Covid-19 pandemic I led the development of the LTCcovid.org website which helped share evidence and data on how the pandemic was affecting people who use and provide long-term care internationally.
I am currently working on a project looking at what lessons the social care sector in England can learn from the COVID-19 experience of other countries, and on STRiDE England, a project that aims to generate evidence to strengthen the response to dementia and reduce inequalities in access to care, treatment and support.
|Countries||England (UK); International; Spain; UK;|
|Topics||Care inequalities; Co-production in LTC; COVID-19 and other infectious diseases and LTC; Dementia care and support; Evaluation of LTC systems and services; Financing LTC; Governance and LTC systems organisation; Local care ecosystems; LTC Reforms; LTC Systems; Unpaid / informal care;|
|Methods||Co-production methods; Comparative policy analysis; Literature reviews and synthesis; Policy analysis; Quantitative data analysis; Simulation models; Theory of Change;|
|Interest Groups||Care home markets and regulation; Community-based approaches to dementia care interest group; Economics of Long-Term Care; Employment, education and family carers; Strengthening Responses to Dementia;|
My main research interests are long-term care systems, witih a special interest in care for people with dementia and support for carers and financing, both in the UK and globally. I have extensive experience in developing simulation models of the future resources required to address long-term care needs and needs arising from dementia.
Curry N, Oung C, Hemmings N, Comas-Herrera A and Byrd W (2023) Building a resilient social care system in England: What lessons can be learnt from Covid-19? Research report, Nuffield Trust and Care Policy and Evaluation Centre. https://www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk/research/building-a-resilient-social-care-system-in-england-what-lessons-can-be-learnt-from-covid-19
Comas-Herrera A, Fernández J-L, Hancock R, Hatton C, Knapp M, McDaid D, Malley J, Wistow G and Wittenberg R (2020) COVID-19: implications for the support of people with social care needs in England. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 32:4-5, 365-372, DOI: 10.1080/08959420.2020.1759759
Dawson W.D., Comas-Herrera A. (2022) International Dementia Policies and Legacies of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic, Public Policy & Aging Report, Volume 32, Issue 2, 2022, Pages 72–76, https://doi.org/10.1093/ppar/prac008
Breuer, E., Freeman, E., Alladi, S., Breedt, M., Govia, I., López-Ortega, M., Musyimi, C., Oliveira, D., Pattabiraman, M., Sani, T. P., Schneider, M., Swaffer, K., Taylor, D., Taylor, E., and Comas-Herrera, A. (2021). Active inclusion of people living with dementia in planning for dementia care and services in low- and middle-income countries. Dementia. https://doi.org/10.1177/14713012211041426
Kingston A, Comas-Herrera A and Jagger C, for the MODEM project (2018) Forecasting the care needs of the older population in England over the next 20 years: estimates from the Population Ageing and Care Simulation (PACSim) modelling study. Lancet Public Health (3): e447–55. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2468-2667(18)30118-X
Comas-Herrera A, Marczak J, Byrd W, Lorenz-Dant K, Patel D, Pharoah D (eds.) and LTCcovid contributors. LTCcovid International living report on COVID-19 and Long-Term Care. LTCcovid, Care Policy & Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science. https://doi.org/10.21953/lse.mlre15e0u6s6
Comas-Herrera A, Zalakaín J, Lemmon E, Henderson D, Litwin C, Hsu AT, Schmidt AE, Arling G, Kruse F & Fernández J-L (2020) Mortality associated with COVID-19 in care homes: international evidence. Report in LTCcovid.org, International Long-Term Care Policy Network, CPEC-LSE, 1st February 2021. https://ltccovid.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LTC_COVID_19_international_report_January-1-February-1-1.pdf
World Health Organization (2020) Preventing and managing COVID-19 across long-term care services, Geneva: World Health Organization. [main contributing author] https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/WHO-2019-nCoV-Policy_Brief-Long-term_Care-2020.1